I am a self-confessed finance book junkie. I’ve read dozens, and still get excited to pick up a new one. There are certain personal finance books you need to read.
I feel I have read enough books now to be able to spot ones that stand out- finance books that have something the others don’t.
The following list will get you well on your way to making financial changes that will improve your life. They have helped me deal with my massive personal debt. Even better, they will shift your mindset and allow you to understand yourself and your choices more clearly.
Pour yourself a coffee, grab a blanket, and curl up with one of these life changing books!
1. The Wealthy Barber Returns
This book is on most favorite lists, and for good reason. Would you enjoy learning about money while also being highly entertained and laughing hysterically? Because that is what this book will do. There are one-liners in it that truly belong in a comedy show. This book is a best seller for a reason- I literally could not put it down. David Chilton covers everything from motivation, simplified investing, retirement, and perspective shifts around money. If you have not read it, get this book. You will want to dog-ear or highlight every page! (Yes, I’m one of THOSE people).
2. Wealthing like Rabbits
I have never read a financial book that instantly captivates you within the first chapter like this one does. He painted such a vivid image of seemingly small decisions having a massive impact on how your life turns out. It is hard to forget. I was instantly hooked, and it only gets better from there. Personal finance will be explained to you using zombies, rabbits, and Mario. Wealthing like rabbits is one of those rare books that teaches you a ton of invaluable knowledge while actually entertaining you.
3. Debt Free Forever
In my opinion, Gail Vaz-Oxlade is the most impressive female financial writer out there. You cannot go wrong with any of her books (or shows!), but this one was my favorite. In most reviews of Gail, they will say something like “she scares me a little”, and I could not agree more. She has an absolutely no bullsh*t approach that I love. Gail is in your face telling you to get your financial act together, and it is highly effective. I equate her to tough love parenting; it makes you better in the end. This book will walk you through every action and step you need to take to become debt free, and her demeanor will make you want to listen.
4. Worry-Free Money
Shannon Lee Simmons is a financial writer that I feel I would enjoy sitting down and having coffee with. She seems like a good friend that would help you achieve your dreams, while supporting you as a unique person along the way. The best part of her methods for most people? No budgets!! Shannon really explains how to get the most happiness from your money, how to make choices that best suit you as an individual that likely has different goals than your friends/family, all while simultaneously setting you up for a comfortable future. Read this book, understand yourself, and let your money make you as happy as possible.
5. The Simple Path to Wealth
This is a lesser known book, but in my opinion one that should be on every best seller list. JL Collins wrote this book for his daughter to teach her everything he had to painfully learn over the years. Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job and doing something you love, regardless of what it pays? This book will teach you how, in simple ways. He will teach you the way to financial independence and living a life full of actual value (however you personally define that, which I discusshere). It is also the most informative book I have read about investing because it teaches you how the stock market works, and why you should not fear it. I instantly made life changes while reading this book; it is that powerful.
6. You are a Badass at Making Money
This book is different than the rest because it will not teach you anything about managing your money. However, what it will do is inspire you to believe in yourself, go after your dreams, and earn more money than you could imagine.
Jen Sincero’s books have topped the best seller lists for awhile, and if you read one you will understand why. She teaches you that your life and potential truly are in your hands, and that you can achieve much more than you thought. Saving money is only half of the financial equation; earning more is equally important. Let this book help you dream bigger.
So there you have it, the personal finance books you need to read. If you read them, let me know in the comments below. I would also love to hear suggestions you have for books that changed your life!
— Happy Reading —
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