I Finished 5 GREAT Books Last Month, Bringing My Yearly Total Up to 38 So Far!

Matt Karamazov
8 min readJun 10, 2024

Slow reading month for me, but I’m now “just” 162 books away from my goal of 200 books

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I started getting serious about reading books when I started getting serious about changing my life.

Back when I was a minimum-wage security guard working 12-hour overnight shifts, I started reading this book by Chris Guillebeau called The Happiness of Pursuit, where he detailed his personal quest to visit every single country in the world.

He achieved it, traveling to all 193 countries (existing at the time) and wrote about his experience in The Happiness of Pursuit. But his larger point was that having a goal — having a Vision that you were moving toward — makes life spectacularly exciting and worthwhile.

So he suggests setting up some “quest” and setting out to complete it.

I chose to read 1,000 books before I turned 30, which is exactly what I did, reading for hours and hours each night at work: stack of books beside me, hot coffee in my hands.

After reaching that goal of reading 1,000 books before turned 30, though, I set a new goal of reading 10,000 books over the course of my entire life.

I’m at 1,288 books at the time of writing, with no sign of slowing down anytime…



Matt Karamazov

🥇 The Most Disciplined Man on the Planet 📚 Read 1,197 Books in Just 10 Years 💪🏻 Strong Believer in Human Potential ⤵️ https://thereadinglife.beehiiv.com/