Over the last 5 years, I’ve read 225 books.
And it took me reading those 225 books to realize:
90% of books shouldn’t be books at all — they should be blog posts.
On top of that, the total number of books read is a vanity metric.
I used to chase that elusive “52 books in 52 weeks” metric thinking it would somehow prove I was smart, disciplined, or wise.
But I would have been far better off reading the best books several times rather than trying to read a lot of books one time.
With that in mind, I reflect this weekend on which books had the biggest impact on me. And next year, I will re-read each of them:
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins
- The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgensen
- How to Win Friend & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy
If you’re looking for some new reads, it’s hard to beat this list.