6 memory improvement books to read in 2021

Looking from memory improvement books to remember more of what you read? You’re in the right place.

Before jumping in the recommendations we have of books for memory improvement, there are some general guidelines which will help you improve your memory in the long run. 

  • Your mind is only as healthy as your body, so getting enough sleep and exercise is a very important factor.
  • Engage your mind in activities that stimulate, challenge and teach you something new.
  • Keep your stress in check! Besides being a mood killed, stress affects every part of your life in subtle ways.

Probably you’re more interested in memory improvement books that dive way deeper into the subject. Here are the best books for memory improvement which we recommend.

Photo source: Amazon

1.  How to Remember Anything: The Proven Total Memory Retention System by Dean Vaughn

Dean Vaughn wrote very actionable books which break up memory improvement in ten steps. His method includes using visualization, homonyms and objects are some of the elements he uses to improve his retention.

“I suggest that you put this book down and look around the room. Look at all the locations, starting with 0 at the ceiling, then 1, 2, 3, and so on. Then look at them in reverse order. Last, look at each location randomly and think of the number assigned to it.”

Goodreads rating: 3.68

Amazon link

Photo source: Amazon

2. Practical Memory: A Simple Guide to Help You Remember More & Forget Less in Your Life by I.C. Robledo

Since technology is recording and remembering a lot of information daily for us, our brains chill out too much and start performing worse. The solution is simple – we need to exercise our memory! The book takes a look at people whose memory is very powerful, and comes up with a plan of action at the end.

“Observe what is at the ends of the row your car is on, and try to remember that.”

Goodreads rating: 3.47

Amazon link

Photo source: Amazon

3. The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks by Dr. Mike Dow

As the title suggests, think of this book as a program you go into to improve your memory. Well, it doesn’t exactly improve your memory, but actually teaches you ways to improve your thinking and better your brainpower, which is a more efficient way of dealing with problems. 

We spend so much time “doing” that we have forgotten how important simply “being,” or “nondoing,” is for the brain. ”

Goodreads rating: 3.44

Amazon link 

Photo source: Amazon

4. A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley

I’m not going to lie, the first thing that attracted me to this book was the funny title. Besides that nice touch, the book is really good! You learn about some pitfalls of memory and how to avoid them. The only downside I have about it is that it focuses mostly on what the title says…math and science.

“Procrastination expert Rita Emmett explains: “The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”

Goodreads rating: 4.21

Amazon link

Photo source: Amazon

5. Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

The book is the story of the author’s life – a normal person, who seldom forgot where he parked or where he placed his key. Then he discovered memory training, and within a year, was the finalist of the US Memory Championship. Did you know that is a thing? I didn’t.

“Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one. If you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorable into the next – and disappear. That’s why it’s so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.”

Goodreads rating: 3.87

Amazon link

Photo source: Amazon

5. Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi

This book is different than the rest on the list. It doesn’t preach a system or going into the subtle psychology involved in learning, but rather takes a physiological approach – the food you eat directly influences how your brain performs. 

“It is this continuous exposure to food that makes diet the most important factor ever to affect our DNA.”

Goodreads rating: 3.91

Amazon link

I really hope these memory improvement books are of some value to you and your journey of remembering more of what you read and study. 

While developing your mind is the greatest activity you can do, there is tech out there that is very useful in helping us remember stuff. With the tool we’ve created, Snippet, you can highlight anything around the web and save it in your account for later. What’s more, you can organize and share the snippets you’ve made, and even import your Kindle highlights. Totally free.

Do you have any other memory improvement books which you recommend? Leave a comment below and tell others about it 😀

Development updates – Feb ’21

We’ve been working hard for the last couple of months and today we’re ready to announce new features for the web application and our extension for Chrome and Firefox.
Here are the highlights:

Web application

  • Searching through your snippets and notes has never been easier.
    We’ve added search suggestions and an advanced search form so you can search through multiple books, articles and more.
    Also for our power users we have search operators.
  • Organize with Drag and drop
    You can now drag and drop snippets into folders. Drag with a mouse to select multiple snippets at once.
  • We’re introducing a new snippet card view to quickly add tags, notes or change card color.
  • Kindle import updates
    You can now import from Kindle directly to a specified folder. After the import you’ll also get more information about what has been added to Snippet.
  • Usability and user interface improvements
    We’ve simplified the navigation, added a copy to clipboard button and a few more small tweaks here and there.

Browser extension

  • Work with multiple tabs and folders
    The sidebar is now tab independent and you can save in different folders from each tab. Navigate, quickly add and organize folders directly from the extension.
  • Clicking the extension icon will now toggle the sidebar on/off
  • We’ve added keyboard shortcuts for faster operation
    Use ALT + X to toggle the sidebar and SHIFT + ALT + X to completely turn the extension on/off. You can change shortcuts in your browser.
  • Added more extension options including the option to disable Snippet on specific pages
  • We’ve also fixed a lot of small glitches

For those of you who prefer to use Safari, we’re working on a Safari extension now and it should be out there soon. Please contact us at hi@gosnippet.com if you would like to help with beta testing.


We have updated our Zapier integration:

  • Now you can automatically create snippets from other applications. For example, you can create a zap to “save your favorite tweets”.
  • We’ve also added more options for the trigger so you can now fine tune which snippets you want to push to other applications.

New direct integrations (Instapaper, Pocket and more) are coming soon. Stay tuned! If you need a particular integration please let us know.

As always, we’d love to hear from you, so please send us any feedback or questions you may have at hi@gosnippet.com.