American Prisons Can Predict How Many Beds They’ll Need by Looking at Children’s Reading Scores

Matt Karamazov
21 min readNov 10, 2023

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The Reading Life

Maryanne Wolf is one of my favorite neuroscientists (you know you’re a nerd when you have a favorite neuroscientist), and her work centers around how reading abilities develop in the brain…and why they sometimes don’t.

Two of her books, Proust and the Squid and Reader, Come Home, both made a tremendous impact on me, and I’d like to share a short summary, plus my best notes and takeaways from the latter one today.

But after reading more than 1,200+ books, I have so much more that I want to share with you. So many fantastic books that can make positive, meaningful changes in your one, astounding, valuable life.


Today we’ve got:

  • An introduction to today’s “Five Books”
  • The book quote of the week
  • My personal news, and the best of what I’m reading and sharing right now
  • A new book alert: featuring a hugely popular book to help you think clearly and take decisive action
  • The latest book breakdown from the Stairway to Wisdom
  • “Learned hopefulness,” which is the polar opposite of the more well-known “learned helplessness”
  • A video recap of the 70+ books I’ve read so far this year, and the 14 best ones that won’t leave my mind alone
  • The 3 rules of winning
  • How developing a “Lamborghini Mindset” skyrocketed the profits in my business
  • My top 5 book recommendations this week
  • A special gift for reading all the way to the end
  1. Reader, Come Home, by Maryanne Wolf
  2. Spent, by Geoffrey Miller
  3. The Gap and the Gain, by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy
  4. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
  5. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith



Matt Karamazov

🥇 The Most Disciplined Man on the Planet 📚 Read 1,197 Books in Just 10 Years 💪🏻 Strong Believer in Human Potential ⤵️