8 Things I Learned Reading 50 Books A Year For 7 Years

#1: Reading isn’t a secret to success

Kris Gage
7 min readMar 5, 2018

I’ve read over 300 books since the beginning of 2011, not counting the many I started but didn’t finish and the endless content we all read online.

I’ve read about topics ranging from Buddhism to business, philosophy to physics, and writers ranging from feminists to pick-up artists (and even Trump’s “Art of The Deal.”) I’ve read old books, new books, books with illustrations and fancy charts, a lot of books from which I got nothing and a handful of books I still love. 90% of this was non-fiction.

Here’s what I’ve learned in all that reading time — and some of my favorite books from my 20’s.

(1) Truly good books are few and far between — and so they’re priceless

There are two camps of “good books” and both of them are rare.

  1. The first is good content. They deliver a message that stands on its own. The writing only needs to be good enough to allow you to follow.
  2. The second is good craft. It doesn’t matter as much what the content is because the writing is so goddamn beautiful it all but sings off the page.