7 Finance books that aren’t boring
Even though the weather has been unpredictable, there’s still a bit of summer left and that means summer reading.
Although books on finance may not usually make it onto your list of beach reads, we’ve put together a compilation that will keep you entertained and intrigued, whether you're laying on a beach or curled up waiting for the rain to stop.
If you feel like you would like to understand your financial situation better, or if you’re starting from scratch and feeling overwhelmed, this list can help you on that journey. From changing your mindset to practical guides, these books have you covered.
All of them are chock full of interesting ideas, humorous stories and helpful tips. And they definitely aren’t boring.
1. Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin Wong
Kristin Wong is best known for her warm, candid style even when approaching topics that can make others feel uncomfortable. One reviewer on Goodreads said that this book reads ”like having a short, but serious, financial conversation over coffee with a friend who wants to see you succeed in all aspects of your life.”
While many of the books on this list are conversational in tone, Wong has made a career of making even the most difficult subjects approachable. This one is highly recommended for both beginners in personal finance and those who need a little motivation.
2. You are a Badass at Making Money: How to Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
If you want to bring some levity and humour to your summer finance reading, this is the book for you. Jen Sincero will have readers laughing out loud and ready to take action with her easy-to-read, unpretentious words.
This book feels like the best pep talk you can get from print and will help you remember that all of your goals are, in fact, achievable.
The tone of the book is easily summed up in this quote: “The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information.”
3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Although this is probably the oldest book on this list, originally published in 1937, it’s also by far one of the best regarded. These time-tested themes and tips have been helping people understand their relationship with money for decades.
With an emphasis on philosophy and thinking, this is one of the earliest finance books that focuses on how your mindset matters. It’s a great read, particularly for those with an entrepreneurial spirit!
4. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
This book may resonate with you if you have already started looking at Lifestyle Financial Planning and may motivate you to do so if you haven’t. Vicki Robin’s book is all about the trade off between ‘making a living and making a life.’
What is it that will make you feel fulfilled and how do you get there? That’s the question this book seeks to help you answer. Thinking of financial freedom as not just something for later but as something that can help you now is the key to getting the most out of this one.
5. How to Own the World: A Plain English Guide to Thinking Globally and Investing Wisely by Andrew Craig
Andrew Craig’s book on investing wisely is both a call-to-action and a powerful introduction for anyone who hasn’t started that journey yet. In the interest of getting more from your money and more of the life you want, Craig implores his readers to take charge of their financial situation.
Uncomplicated and easy to read, this book is one that can benefit both those who have yet to start investing and those who just want to understand it better. After reading this, you’ll undoubtedly be able to ask your financial planner better questions and understand exactly how your money is working for you.
6. Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley
This book is one of our favourite finance books with a UK demographic in mind. Unlike many of the other books on this list, Laura Whateley takes a practical approach with direct information that can affect your day-to-day life.
Many of the reviews on Goodreads extol this book as ‘everything you wish you’d been taught in school.’ From why you shouldn’t press ‘cash-only’ at the cash point to buying a house to ethical investing, Whateley takes you through best practice and what to expect for a broad range of financial topics.
This book is an easy read that will influence the way you understand money and how it works through every part of your life.
7. Money Lessons: How to Manage Your Finances to Get the Life You Want by Lisa Conway-Hughes
Lisa Conway-Hughes has created more than just a book on financial advice with ‘Money Lessons.’ Each chapter is presented in an interactive way, with activities to work through and space for logging your thoughts as you read.
Throughout the book, Conway-Hughes tackles topics such as addressing the gender pay gap, setting up a pension, getting on the property ladder, and even funding your once-in-a-lifetime dream trip. ‘Money Lessons’ proves to be an effective tool for habit change with practical tips and tricks to help your learning sink in.
And that is the list! These books are a great way to start on your path to financial freedom; after all, knowledge is power. That said, if you have any questions or want to talk about the things you discover while reading, don’t hesitate to get in touch.