I have kept a list of every book I’ve read since 2008.
I wasn’t always a reader. But I made the commitment that year to develop the reading habit. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I also wanted to learn more about personal finance. I read whatever I could find at the public library. And looked to blogs for recommendations. Every author has a different perspective and I’ve learned something from each one.
Some patterns I notice when looking at the list of personal finance books I’ve read:
2008: Just started out reading about personal finance. Focused on frugality and saving. I mostly read blogs before. It all seemed so complicated to me back then. It still is in a way, with so many financial products and tools available.
2011: Started seriously reading up on how to buy a home. Before the end of the year I bought my condo.
2012: Wanted to learn more about investing. I started getting into local investing. Learned that local economies strengthen communities. Also started reading books that would help me advise others with their personal finances.
2013: Currently focused on how to use money to have the greatest positive impact in my life and community. Financial independence and early retirement are fun topics.
Each book below focuses on a different facet of personal finance: frugality, investing, buying a home, motivation, or retirement. Some deal with multiple topics and would be good to use as references. I decided to organize them using those categories so it would be easier for readers to choose a book if they wanted to learn more about a specific topic.
*My favorites are in bold. These are the ones I recommend to friends and family most often.
|***Your Money or Your Life||Dominguez, Joe; Robin, Vicki|
|*All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know about Earning and Spending Money||Vanderkam, Laura|
|Early Retirement Extreme||Lund Fisker, Jacob|
|Hot (Broke) Messes||Trejos, Nancy|
|How to Live Without a Salary||Long, Charles|
|How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life||Skidelsky, R; Skidelsky E|
|Living Rich by Spending Smart||Karp, Gerald|
|The Behavior Gap: The Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money||Richards, Carl|
|The Cheapskate Next Door||Yeager, Jeff|
|The New Frugality||Farrell, Chris|
|*Local Dollars, Local Sense||Shuman, Michael|
|*Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from it||Cortese, Amy|
|*The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing||Larimore, T; Lindauer, M; LaBoeug, M.|
|*The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need||Tobias, Andrew|
|Fail-Safe Investing||Browne, Harry|
|Impact Investing||Bugg-Levine, A; Emerson, J|
|Risk Less and Prosper||Bodie, Zvi; Taqqu, Rachel|
|Unfair Advantage||Kiyosaki, Robert|
BUYING A HOME
|*Buy, Close, Move In!||Glink, Ilyce|
|*The Savvy Woman’s Homebuying Handbook||Nelson, Tara-Nicholle|
|Buyers are Liars and Sellers are Too||Courtney, Richard|
|Buying a Home: The Missing Manual||Conner, Nancy|
|How to Buy Your First Home||Brodman Summers, Diana|
|The Homebuyer’s Kit||Lank, Edith|
|*Getting a Life: Real Lives Transformed by Your Money or Your Life||Blix, Jacque; Heitmiller, David|
|*The Soul of Money||Twist, Lynne|
|The Courage to be Rich||Orman, Suze|
|The Middle-Class Millionaire||Prince, Russ; Schiff, Lewis|
|The Millionaire Next Door||Thomas, S; Danko, W|
|Get a Life: You Don’t Need a Million to Retire Well||Warner, Ralph|
|What Color is Your Parachute? For Retirement||Nelson, John; Bolles, Richard|
|*All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan||Warren, Elizabeth; Tyagi, Amanda|
|Automatic Wealth for Grads||Masterson, Michael|
|Rich Dad Poor Dad||Kiyosaki, Robert|
|Automatic Wealth||Masterson, Michael|
|How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents||Bissonnette, Zac|
|Pound Foolish||Olen, Helaine|
|The Everything Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s Book||Davidoff, Howard|
|The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke||Orman, Suze|
|The Real Cost of Living: Making the Best Choices for You, Your Life, and Your Money||Ulrich, Carmen Wong|
There were lots of other books that have influenced me and how I view money, but I will write about them in another post. Some of them have nothing to do with personal finance. I’ll post other lists in the future from other categories like minimalism and economics.
I hope you find a book in this list that may be helpful to you! Feel free to recommend others.