I love to read books. Most nights, I read for one hour before bed that’s mind-stimulating and not work-related. Also, the children are asleep so I can focus on the text and not miss important details. If you’re looking for something read in 2019, or you want a good gift idea, consider this list of book I plan on thumbing through in the coming year.
I’ve also included a few books that I read in 2018 and some other timeless favorites you might like too.
So you know, these are money books. I also enjoy non-fiction and biographies, but I’m not including them on this list.
Recently Released Money Books
This first set of recommendations are books released in the past year. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Maybe not.
The Groovy Guide to Financial Independence
The Groovy Guide to FI is a shoutout to a fellow blogger, Mr. Groovy who used his noggin’ to put this gem together (plus Mrs. Groovy for her fine editorial work too). This book does a good job of hitting many money topics. And, some practical action plans you can take today to stop living paycheck to paycheck and getting ahead.
As a side note, the illustrations were completed by the daughter (Maddie Blank) of one of my blogger friends, Laurie.
You can also read my Groovy Guide review to learn more about my take.
Buy and Wait
For the most part, I like simple investing and try to be a “buy and hold investor.” I have no desire to day trade or swing trade. But, I’ve also tried to educate myself lately on technical analysis of the market where you analyze trends to predict future market movements. The only problem is that you can “detail yourself to death” or quickly feel overwhelmed. So, I leave the heavy lifting to Troy.
His Buy and Wait book does a good job at presenting market strategies that can optimize market performance by sidestepping downturns. I know, I know…nobody can/should time the market. If you’re still not convinced visit his site, Bull Markets, to see his in-depth market analysis.
I try to visit his site most days and think he has some of the best free commentaries you’ll find about what the market’s doing.
Bilderbergs, Rothchilds, and Rockefellers oh my! I haven’t read Fed Up (yet), and I’m not sure if Danielle DiMartino Booth is taking this direction. But, you can get an inside look at The Fed (aka the largest bank in world history) from one of their own former analysts. She’s spoken about the book on several podcasts I listen to, so needless to say it’s on my reading list.
Since our standard of living is greatly influenced by this central bank’s decisionmaking, it’s a good way to learn more about what they’re cooking. And, we finally have a way to look beyond the headlines of whether Powell, Yellen, Bernanke, Greenspan, etc., are going to raise, lower, or hold interest rates.
Biblically Responsible Investing
This is another book on my reading list. One of my objections against index funds is you invest in companies that don’t promote value I personally endorse. Socially responsible investing is a growing trend for individual investors. This investing strategy can be either secular or religous.
In this case, Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) takes a Christian perspective on investing.
Our national debt and decaying national unity are two topics near and dear to my heart. I’ve read this book and I share the same sentiments as most of the Amazon reviews. American Jubilee is written by Porter Stansberry and company.
The first part of this book talks about the coming debt crisis and what may happen. Otherwise, most of the book is a primer on different investing strategies and lessons. It’s a good book for beginner investors and experienced investors. If you’ve read any of Stansberry’s other books, this one won’t be much of an eye-opener.
Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Ever Need
You’ll hear more about this book in early 2019 when it launches. Grant Sabatier is writing Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Ever Need to show you how he went from having a net worth of $2.26 to $1.25 million five years later.
That’s a good problem to have, ain’t it? If you want to rethink money, this is another excellent book.
This book is written by Chris Hogan who works on the Dave Ramsey Team. In the writing of the book, a whopping 10,000 millionaires were interviewed and asked what habits made them a millionaire.
This is a fresh, 21st century take on the classic Millionaire Next Door (they only interviewed 750 millionaires). If you enjoyed that book, you’ll like this one too. Or, at least I assume you will since you can only preorder it until Everyday Millionairs goes public on January 7, 2019.
Books On Real Estate Investing
Now that we’re mortgage-free, my wife and I have ambitions to own tangible real estate. When that happens, we’re not sure. But we’ve een reading different books and keeping an eye on the market looking for a deal. Now, we just have to make the time to get serious.
Retire Early with Real Estate
“Coach” Chad Carson has retired early from owning rental real estate. His book Retire Early with Real Estate is a great primer for aspiring investor like myself. The book also has glowing reviews from experienced real estate investors too. This book also goes beyond the basic tips of “Find the best house in the best neighborhood you can afford” and other free information you can find online about real estate investing.
Another real estate investing idea that fascinates us raw land investing. If you don’t want to deal with tenants or making “chicken salad” out of repulsing foreclosures, you might like this investing idea too.
Since you’re not buying property with a physical structure, only bare land, this form of real estate investing can be cheaper and less stressful.
Timeless Personal Finance Books
These books have been around for several years. They never age. Add these to your reading list if you haven’t read them before.
The Intelligent Investor
Benjamin Graham was one of Warren Buffett’s mentors. And, Graham also wrote The Intelligent Investor which is a must-read for anybody looking to invest in value stocks.
This book was first published in 1949. This edition has been updated with some additional modern references to help explain the concepts further.
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? might be the best money book you’ve never heard of. My wife read this book in high school, so this is the perfect book to read with your teenage children. This book primarily focuses on the concept of inflation and how our current money system works.
Call us nerdy, but my wife and I read this book and several others of Maybury in the evenings (before we had children of course). Even if you don’t have kids yet (like we did), this is a good book for adults too.
Finance books can be mindnumbingly boring at times. That’s not the case with this book.
The author, Richard Maybury, also happens to write one of my favorite investing newsletters.
No College Debt
My wife wrote No College Debt three years ago about how she earned her college degree for only $8,000. That was a few years ago, but it only costs about $10,000 today to get her degree. And, that’s after a decade of tuition inflation.
I also graduated a decade ago and the same college degreen now costs $100,000 from my alma mater. It cost $60,000 for a bachelor’s degree when I attended from 2004 to 2008. I wish I would have known about this trick back then as I had to repay $50,000 in student loans.
These are my “best books about money” that I think you should read. I would implore you, but what’s the fun in that?
What book are you going to get your hands on first? Drop a comment and share your thoughts.