My Top 5 Books of All-Time (So Far)

books reading Nov 15, 2019
Mark Struczewski

I love reading or listening to audiobooks.

In fact, my dream job would be to just read books every day, all day and then either write articles or create videos about what I've read.

But wait...there's more.

I'd like to be paid one million dollars a month to so and to be able to travel the world, staying in the nicest hotels and eating the best food and meeting the best people on this planet of ours. All expenses paid.

Okay...I'll buy the books!

Seriously, I love books. Which is odd because I hated doing so when I was in school (many years ago).

I'm not sure what happened but I'm very glad the switch flipped.

However, I don't read as much as I'd like to. In 2018, I read/listened to 43 books and so far in 2019 (as of November 15), I've read/listened to 30 books. Unfortunately, I didn't begin to track my reading until 2018 (faceplant!).

Now, before I reveal my current all-time top 5 books (who am I kidding, you already skipped ahead, didn't you? LOL), let me point out that I will read/listen to a book more than once if it really speaks to me and I do count this as 2 (or however many times I've read it).

So, without further ado, here are my current top 5 favorite books. Note: the links are affiliate links which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will earn a small commission but this doesn't affect the price you pay.

Note: this list is not in any order.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

From Amazon: "In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules", for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill." 

Times read: once. Times listened to: twice.

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way by Brendon Burchard

From Amazon: "After extensive original research and a decade as the world's highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits and you win. Neglect them and life is a never-ending struggle." 

Times read: twice.

Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

From Amazon: "While most self-help books offer quick fixes, Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it's "a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward."

Times listened to: once (I'm listening to it again...I started as soon as I finished it.)

Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway to Wealth & Prosperity by Dean Graziosi

From Amazon: "Millionaire Success Habits is a book designed with one purpose in mind: to take you from where you are in life to where you want to be in life by incorporating easy-to-implement "Success Habits" into your daily routine. Legendary business coach Dean Graziosi has broken down the walls of complexity around success and created simple success recipes that you can quickly put to use in your life to reach the level of wealth and abundance you desire."

Times read: twice.

The Holy Bible (NASB version)

About 5 years ago, I began to read the Bible every day, every year...cover to cover. I read a different version every year, though my favorite version is NASB. So much wisdom in this book and I don't pretend to understand it all.

Honorable mention

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

There are many versions of this book but I prefer the 1961 version. I feel the updated versions are watered-down (my opinion only). An incredible book that I am aiming to read every year.

Times read or listened: unknown (more than a few)

So, there you have it. My current top 5 all-time books. Because I read every day, this list may change BUT, as you might imagine, it's not easy to crack my top 5. 

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