Reading in general is an excellent tool to improve thought, memory and other brainy things; but have you considered reading more of ‘The Classics’?
John Wesley at PickTheBrain argues that more people should delve into those books written by the masters to develop the parts of your brain that might be falling behind in the midst of feedreaders and gossip sites.
5. Historical Perspective
I could argue this point myself, but why bother if Einstein has already done it?
Somebody who reads only newspapers and at best the books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely nearsighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous.
There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind.
Nothing is more needed than to overcome the modernist’s snobbishness.
10 Ways to Improve Your Mind by Reading the Classics – [PickTheBrain]