Are you a Sudoku puzzle enthusiast? Well, the best Sudoku books will be the most ideal for your holidays or free time. These books have been made in a way that makes them target various audiences based on experience levels.
This Sudoku book review is aimed at introducing you to some of the top books you can consider in 2019. Read along this guide and learn more.
What to look for in Sudoku books
In this section, we’re going to have a look at some of the most important factors you need to pay close attention to before buying any Sudoku books. Here are some of them:
- Size of the book
What is the ideal size of book that you need? The size of the book is often proportional to the number of puzzles contained in it. The more the number of puzzles contained, the higher the likelihood that the book will be big in size. Additionally, the size of the grids can also affect the overall size of the book as larger-sized grids will take up much space.
Ideally, the size of the book solely depends on your preferences. If you are a fan of puzzles and you prefer going for numbers, then expect to buy a seemingly big book. Personally, I would go for a bigger book with more puzzles to solve.
- Level of difficulty
Are you an amateur or a professional in solving Sudoku puzzles? Well, you should choose your book depending on the levels of difficulties of the puzzles contained in the book. However, it is always recommended that you go for a level that is slightly higher so that you challenge yourself to the maximum.
- Price of the book
Go for a book that is highly likely to give you value for money. The number of puzzles you’re likely to solve per dollar spent should help you determine the best book to settle for. The greater the number of puzzles solved, the better for you.
However, you need to know that some of the cheapest Sudoku books are made from low quality papers. Always avoid such. Don’t compromise on quality just to save a few dollars.
Reviews of the Best Sudoku Books in 2019
Here are best Sodoku Books on the market today.
Funster 1000+ Sudoku Puzzles
This is a 220-page book that contains Sudoku puzzles ranging from the easiest to the most challenging ones. This collection was put together by Charles Timmerman and was published in November, 2016 by Funster. Of the over 1000 puzzles, 330 hard, 342 are medium and 330 being easy.
This grouping based on skill levels was done accurately which makes this book a good one for puzzlers of different skills. The inner margins are wide enough for convenience during tearing out of puzzles. Additionally, the puzzles have been printed on high-quality paper with relatively bigger prints than in most magazines and newspapers.
Also included are free bonus puzzles which you can easily download. The book is published in English, weighs 1.2 pounds and has dimensions of 8.5 by 0.5 by 11 inches.
- Perfect for different skill levels
- Binding holds up so well
- Perfectly-sized grids
- Fun to play
- Curling and clutching the back pages is tiresome
- Too many solutions in a page
Parragon Books Big Book of Sudoku
This collection is made up of more than 500 puzzles plus their solutions to help you enjoy more hours of fun. The puzzles are available in different difficulty levels from Warm Up, Challenging and Tough. That’s not all; once you’re done with these levels, you get to Samurai Sudoku which is the most difficult level as there are 5 linked puzzles.
This book is spiral bound which makes the pages lay flat for ease of use even during travels. It has 384 pages and was published in English by Parragon Books in 2018. The book has a net weight of 1 pound plus dimensions of 6 by 1 by 8.2 inches.
Again, the book fits well into the pocket or purse. It is a perfect gift to anybody who would want to sharpen their creativity skills.
- Spiral binding makes it easier to hold
- Reasonably lightweight
- High quality paper
- Too many puzzles
- Too few challenging puzzles
Adult Activity Book for Sudoku
This is a 180-pages book that contains Sudoku puzzles that will keep your brain engaged for a long duration of time. Published in January, 2016 in English by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, the book has been reviewed with the latest revision being done this year to take care of all the customer views.
Apart from the Sudoku, there are mazes, coloring tasks, dots, boxes and hangman among others. These tasks range from the easy introductory ones to the more difficult ones which helps promote relaxation and critical thinking.
This collection of Sudoku puzzles is summarized into a book that measures 8.5 by 0.4 by 11 inches. The book is lightweight weighing just 4.2 pounds. This book also has a section in which you can engage your friend through.
- Challenging but fun
- Allows for multiplayer engagement
- Not too big and easy to pack
- Improves critical thinking
- Not too large prints
Will Shortz Sudoku Book
This book has been edited by Will Shortz, who has a lot of experience as a crossword editor for the New York Times, a leading newspaper in the USA. The book has been put together with slightly larger grids for sufficient solution space. The book has 300 Sudoku puzzles with 100 of them being new.
The book has 368 pages and was first published in March 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin. It has a net weight of 13.6 ounces and measures 6 by 1 by 9.3 inches. The Sudoku puzzles vary in difficulty levels with some being quite challenging while others are either moderate or easy.
- Not difficult to solve
- Large grids
- Many puzzles
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to store
- Printed on soft paper
- Lack of spiral binding makes it difficult to lay flat the pages
Beyond Black Belt Sudoku
Are you an experienced Sudoku puzzler? This book is just a collection meant for the experienced Sudoku puzzlers. These difficult to solve puzzles are designed for those armed with strategies to their teeth.
The book was first published in September 2011 by Puzzlewright. It is a 192-page book in the Martial Arts Puzzles Series. The Sudoku puzzles in this book are all written in English. This book has dimensions of 8.2 by 0.8 by 5.5 inches plus a net weight of 11.2 ounces.
The book was authored by Frank Longo, a freelance Sudoku puzzle creator who lives in New Jersey. He has a lot of experience in publishing Sudoku puzzles as well as crosswords. This is the reason as to why this collection of his is a little difficult to solve.
- Quite large square grids
- High quality paper
- Well-sized pages
- Fun to solve
- Very difficult to solve
Sudoku Puzzle Book: The Ultimate Sudoku Challenge
This is a collection of 1000 puzzles by Mr. Chris Leander. The puzzles contained in this book are unique and available in 4 different difficulty levels; Novice (250 puzzles), Amateur (250 puzzles), Professional (250 puzzles) and Veteran (250 puzzles).
The good thing with is book is that it has answers for every puzzle just at the back of every page. You can refer to the answer section just to check on whether you’ve done everything right. Don’t be tempted to use the answers section to cheat though as you won’t enjoy solving the puzzles.
The book has 338 pages and was independently published in 2016. It weighs 1.7 pounds and has dimensions of 8 by 0.8 by 10 inches. It is meant for English-speaking puzzlers.
- Versatile due to the 4 levels
- High quality white paper used
- Provides for many hours of relaxation
- Large prints
- The provided answers are totally wrong
Only1MILLION Sudoku Book
This collection has 2100 Sudoku puzzles in 5 different difficulty levels. All the solutions to these puzzles are also included. With this book, you are assured of days and even months of nothing but pure fun.
The puzzles found in this book are meant for both kids and adults. Actually, this is an entire family book. It is the ideal Sudoku for beginners. The puzzles have also been printed on purely white high-quality paper; 60-pound to make the book long-lasting.
This book was independently published in January 2019. It has 502 pages, a weight of 2.9 pounds and dimensions of 8.5 by 1.1 by 11 inches. Everything in the book is done in the English language.
- Versatile and can be used by both beginners and professionals
- Very informative
- Too many puzzles to keep one busy
- Reasonably priced
- Too bulky
- Not designed with removable pages
Having gone through this review, which products could you say are the best Sudoku strategy books? And which could you say are the best Sudoku for beginners? According to you, which of them takes the overall prize as the best?
Personally, I love the Largest Sudoku by Only1MILLION. It has 2100 puzzles which have been grouped into 5 difficulty levels. The book is quite versatile and can be used by kids and adults alike. Additionally, the puzzles have been done on high quality paper.