Best Personal Finance Books

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Best Personal Finance Books

Since I started my journey to a better financial state, I have read many Personal Finance books. I have mostly read books about Investing. I have also read some more general personal finance books that are going all around. I thought it would be interesting to compile the list of all the books I have read so far.

Here, you will find the list of all the best personal finance books I have read. I have put them into several different categories. I will keep this page up to date with the future books I am going to read.

If you have any suggestions for a book for me, I would be glad to hear about it!

Investing Books

There are many books out there that focus on Investing. I have mostly read about passive investing and the use of index investing. But some of these books are not about index investing.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

This first book has been written by John C. Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. The book is about investing through passive investing mutual funds. The idea is that since we cannot time the market in the long-term, it is better not to try and simply replicate the performance of the market. Since John Bogle is also the inventor is the first index fund, it should not come as a surprise that this book is all about index funds.

It is a good book, backed by many data tables and graphs. The points the book makes are essential. However, it insists a lot upon itself. The book is all about showing that index funds are better than active funds. And each chapter simply adds a layer to that conclusion. And it is not practical. It will not tell you how to invest. Indeed, it will only tell you to invest in index funds. Nevertheless, it is an interesting read if you need convincing that index funds are the way to go.

If you want to learn more about this book, you can read my full review of The Little Book of Common Sense Investing.

The Bogleheads Guide to Investing

The Bogleheads are people who follow the ideas of John C. Bogle. Several of these people came together and wrote a full guide to investing like John Bogle.

This book is all about index investing as well. But it is much more practical than the original book by John Bogle. It contains information on how to choose between different funds and how to invest. It also includes information as to how you should diversify your portfolio. The book gets quite to the point and does not contain a lot of unnecessary details.

This book is an excellent book to start reading about investing and retirement. If you do not have much information about this, it will be beneficial. Unfortunately, it does not contain information for non-U.S. investors. But that is something that is almost always the same in every book.

If you want to learn how to invest like a Bogleheads, you can have a look at my full review of The Bogleheads Guide to Investing.

How I made $2’000’000 in the stock market

How I made 2'000'000$ in the stock market

The incredible story of Nicolas Darvas who made 2'000'000 in the stock market, in a few years.

This book is very different from the other investing books I have read. In fact, there is nothing about index investing in this book. This book relates the story of Nicolas Darvas, an international dancer that made two million dollars in the stock market in about two years.

The book is written a bit like a novel, relating the story from the beginning to the end. Nicolas is by no means a professional trader. He learned everything by himself. The author started by losing a lot of money investing in stocks. Then, he learned many fundamental lessons. For instance, he soon realized that emotions were the enemy of investing. You should never let your feelings tamper on your investing decisions. Another thing he learned is never to follow the crow. Most advice that you will get is either too late or are coming from people with different interests from yours.

Overall, I liked this book. Even though this is not my kind of investing, it relates a very interesting theory. And I think that you can learn some potent lessons about investing. These lessons are also valid about index investing. You need to be aware that the author took many risks by using considerable leverage, for instance. It is not very clear in the book that he could have lost everything he had and more.

If you find this book interesting, you can read my review of How I made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market.

Personal Finance Books

There are also a lot of general personal finance books. Since it is an essential subject, these books will also cover some investing information. However, this is not their primary focus.

How Millenials Can Get Rich Slowly

How Millenials Can Get Rich Slowly

The recipe of how millennials can get rich slowly

This book is specially tailored for millennials, people who reached adulthood during the 21st century. It is made to help people get rich slowly, by following five different tips.

First of all, you need to save money. There is no way you are going to get rich if you do not save money. Then, you need to understand the basics of finance and investment. Once you know enough, you can start to invest your savings. With your savings and the returns from your savings, you can get rich slowly.

Overall, it is a nice book, although a bit short. The author even gives you other books as assignments in each chapter. I enjoyed these recommendations. This book is great for standard retirement, but it is not suited for early retirement. If you want to retire early, you will need to save more than 15% of your income.

If you want to get rich slowly, you can read my full review of How Millenials Can Get Rich Slowly.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich

This book is a nice book, very easy to read and quite enjoyable to read as well. The point of the book is mostly based on automation. The idea of the author is that everything gets easier once you automate it.

Therefore, you should automate your bank accounts to automatically save some percentage of your income (your savings rate). Then, you can automate some bills. You can also automate transfers to your investment accounts, such as your broker account or your 401(K).

Although this book is nice, I think there are many issues with it. First, too much automation is not good for your personal finances. I think that automating your personal finances is a mistake. Moreover, some of the views from the author are too conservative. You should save more than 20% of your income if you want to retire early. And you should avoid funds with even 0.75% of fees.

If you want to learn more about money automation, I wrote a full review of I Will Teach You To Be Rich

The Millionaire Next Door

If you want to know more about wealthy people, The Millionaire Next Door is a fascinating book about them. The authors of this book gathered precise information about hundreds of wealthy people and compiled them to know what made people wealthy.

They found out a lot of very interesting things about wealthy people. For instance, many people would be surprised to know that a lot of high-income earners are not wealthy at all. If you spend all your income, regardless of how big it is, you will never be wealthy. Wealthy people that have been interviewed lived a relatively frugal life, saving most of their income and investing their savings.

I liked this book. It is packed with many interesting stories, and the authors did a lot of research to find out information about many millionaires. Unfortunately, it is a bit old and does not cover any young millionaires and does not have anything related to early retirement. Nevertheless, it can teach you some fundamental lessons.

If you want to know how the millionaires next door are living, you can read my full review of The Millionaire Next Door.

Get Rich Books

The previous category of Personal Finance Books already mentioned some that were trying to make you rich. However, they are not aiming to make you rich, just more wealthy. Their point is that you will retire without issues. On the other hand, some books are trying to help make you rich.

Think and Grow Rich

Think And Grow Rich

A book on the secret recipe with being successful and rich.

This one is a very old book, from 1937. Think and Grow Rich is the oldest personal finance I have read so far. It is also one of the strangest.

On one side, the book makes a lot of critical points. For instance, the author insists that it is imperative to master your emotions to get rich. I completely agree with that statement. You also need to persistent and never quit. Avoiding using alibis is also a perfect piece of advice. It does not help at all to use alibi to explain your failures.

On the other hand, the book is almost mystical in its teaching. It is talking about things such as mystic signs or exalted planes of thoughts. It goes so far as saying that you can transmute your desires into gold. And the way it is written, even though it makes some excellent points, is not enjoyable. Finally, it is quite old, and this reflects in some of the points of the view of the author, especially regarding women.

If you want to learn more about the mystic teachings of the book, you can read my full review of Think and Grow Rich.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

This book is about the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two fathers. One is his birth father, living an average life as a state employee, and the other is the father of his best friend. The second father is highly entrepreneurial and is more wealthy than his father.

There are a few good points in the book. You should make your money work for you. And you should work for yourself and have other people work for you if you want to become rich. This fact is entirely true. The book is not about getting frugal and reach Financial Independence but become rich.

Overall, I did not think much of this book. Although it makes some good points, it is not well written. Moreover, it insists a lot on real estate. Real Estate is not the only possible investment but the one that the author mainly used. I think other investments should be emphasized instead of insisting so much upon Real Estate.

For more information, you can read my full review of Rich Dad Poor Dad.

Financial Independence Books

Although there are thousands of Financial Independence blogs, there are not a lot of Financial Independence Books on the market yet. I wish there were more of them. The Financial Independence and Retire Early (FIRE) movement is still pretty young. I am pretty sure that there will be more books on the subject as it matures.

Out of the Rat Race

This book by Eric Duneau is about becoming Financially Free with Real Estate. Eric was able to be Financially Independent with four properties. He devised an entire strategy for everyone to be able to retire early by buying only four properties.

This book is really interesting. It explains very well why you cannot trust the money system and why cash will very quickly depreciate. I enjoyed the first part of the book describing the financial system as a whole. It shows why it is necessary to invest if you ever want to become Financially Free.

Eric describes his entire strategy very well with numbers and a lot of information to support it. His approach is based mostly on Real Estate. He is using a lot of leverage as well to make better returns. If you are primarily interested in stocks, this book is probably not for you. But if you want to learn about a different form of investment, you may be interested in this book!

If you are interested, you can read my book review of Out of the Rat Race.

Financial Freedom

This book by Grant Sabatier is all about becoming Financially Free. Grant was able to save one million dollars in about five years. He did this by having many income channels next to his main job. Moreover, he also invested every money he got from his various side hustles.

In this book, the author gives a full actionable plan to reach Financial Independence or Financial Freedom, as the author calls it. Each step is well defined, from the goal to all the steps you have to take to reach your goal!

Overall, I think it is quite a good book. And it has a very nice point of view on Financial Independence. However, nothing is outstanding in the book. Indeed, you can find most of its content for free on multiple blogs. Also, Grant managed to reach Financial Independence during five years of a raging bull market. He was lucky. And Grant also gets a substantial income from its blog. Finally, he admitted himself to working himself too hard during this journey. He almost burned himself out. Keeping these points in mind, I find the book a bit too optimistic.

If you are interested, you can read my book review of Financial Freedom.

Personal Improvement

One thing I think is essential is to invest in yourself. Investing in your career can make a very significant difference in the long-term.

Deep Work

Deep Work is an excellent book by Cal Newport about the power of working in a deeply focused state of mind. These days it is more and more difficult to be deeply focused on one task.

The author shows that by doing Deep Work, you can get more things done and produce at a higher quality and speed than most people. If you want to be effective in your life and work, this could be a great way.

Without knowing it, I had been practicing Deep Work myself. It is good to put a name on it. And since I have read this book, I have worked on practicing it even more.

Now, it is not a perfect book. The author brags a lot about his achievements in this book. It gets a bit tiring during this book. Also, Deep Work is great for some things. But it will probably not apply to all fields of work.

Regardless, this is a great book. If you want more details, you can read my review of Deep Work.

Digital Minimalism

This great book by Cal Newport is about reducing the impact of digital services on your life. These last few years, digital services like social media have had more and more impact on our lives than ever before.

In this book, the author gives many tips on how to get the best of these digital services. It will help you free yourself from social media.

But not all digital services are bad. You do not have to abandon all of them. The idea is more to get the best out of them. You can optimize your usage of them instead of being a slave to digital services.

For more details, you can read my book review of Financial Freedom.

Minimalism Books

I am far from being a minimalist. I think I will never be one. However, I do not clutter, and I like things to be tidy. Therefore, I started reading books about minimalism to find ways to improve my apartment and reduce clutter in my life.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

This book is from Marie Kondo, a Japanese author. It is not really about minimalism but it is about tidying up and both are highly related. This book is entirely about making your home tidy.

I was surprised by this book. It is a fascinating book to read. It is full of highly practical advice, and it offers a different perspective on tidying than most people. For instance, you often hear that you should try to tidy little by little. But the author advocates against that. She argues, and I think it makes total sense that if you tidy little by little, it will be much harder to make everything stay tidy. On the other hand, once it is tidy, it will need very little time to stay that way!

If you are interested in tidying more, I highly recommend this book. You can also read my full review of this book.

Adopting the minimalist lifestyle

Adopting the Minimalist Lifestyle

A good book on how to become a minimalist.

This book is probably the shortest I have ever read. It is definitely a minimalist book about minimalism.

The book contains many bits of advice about decluttering and tidying your home. It goes all the way from decluttering your house to decluttering your finances and personal relationships. I never took decluttering to this level. But I am guessing that some people go all the way.

Even though this book contains many excellent recommendations, I do not think it does a good job of promoting the minimalist lifestyle. It is missing some specific advice. It should be a bit more actionable, in my opinion. And also, it could benefit from getting a few more pages.

If you want to read more about this book, you can read my full review of Adopting the minimalist lifestyle.

Lifestyle Books

Usually, I am not that much into books about lifestyle and happiness. But I figured it could be interesting. These books are only loosely related to Personal Finance, but there is some relation. For instance, you are unlikely to be very happy if you have debts and are unable to save anything.

The Happy Mind

This book is about how to define happiness. It is very specific to each people. But, by studying happy people, we can get a better view of what makes them happy. And on the contrary, by studying unhappy people we can learn even more about happiness.

The book gives many practical tips about how to get your life in the tracks to happiness. This book will not change your life overnight. But adopting some of these pieces of advice could help live your life better.

It is an interesting book about happiness. It is an honest book, not a fake formula for happiness that will help nobody. Yet, it is full of practical pieces of advice.

If you want to read more about this book, you can read my full review of The Happy Mind.

What’s next?

I am currently not reading any personal finance books, just reading novels. I have no idea what I will read next. I am generally waiting to get a good offer on a Kindle e-book before I read. Here are a few books I would like to read:

  • The Intelligent Investor
  • The Simple Path to Wealth

Do you have any recommendations for me?

Mr. The Poor Swiss

Mr. The Poor Swiss is the author behind thepoorswiss.com. In 2017, he realized that he was falling into the trap of lifestyle inflation. He decided to cut on his expenses and increase his income. This blog is relating his story and findings. In 2019, he is saving more than 50% of his income. He made it a goal to reach Financial Independence. You can send Mr. The Poor Swiss a message here.

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