I Read 500 Books in the Last 5 Years — These Are the Top 5

These are the best books I’ve read since 2017

Brian Tubbs
10 min readNov 25, 2022
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In 2016, I made a decision to improve my reading habits. I had gotten into the habit of watching more TV than reading books and often not finishing the books that I started. I wanted to do better.

At the beginning of 2017, I embarked on a challenge to read 50 books that year — word for word, cover to cover. I read 75.

I kept at it each year — setting reading goals and tracking my progress through Goodreads. I’ve exceeded my goal each year. And just a few weeks ago, I completed my 500th book.

That’s 500 books read in the last 5 years. And it’s just counting those I read word-for-word all the way through.

There were other books I started but didn’t finish. And others that I just used as reference material. And still others I skimmed through but didn’t thoroughly read. I didn’t count any of those. I only counted the books I read completely.