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Directory of Money Books

Welcome to our financial book directory! Covering the best books in finance, entrepreneurship, saving, investing, debt, and more - brought to you by RockstarFinance.com, Hélène Massicotte our book curator, and input from our entire blogging community (thanks guys!!). Click on any of the categories below to drill down, or check out the "Most Popular Books" as rated by 200 personal finance bloggers, or our very own "Best Books" list we recommend here at Rockstar Finance. We cover everything from the classics to the recently published :)

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Book Summary
JL Collins practices what he preaches, which is the FIRE lifestyle (Financial Independence, Retire Early). He shares with his readers the power that saving and investing can have on our lives, both in the present (in the form of "F-U money") and in the future (achieving financial independence earlier than conventional wisdom suggests). A great read by a great personal finance blogger.
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Think and Grow Rich
A classic resource that's about far more than being successful with money. It’s about mastering the self so that we may be as successful as we choose to be.
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Tim Ferriss is known for trying just about anything, and when he does, he goes all in. In this book, his focus is on outsourcing the unessential so that we can focus on what matters most to our success. If you want to learn to prioritize, delegate more effectively, say “no” and outsource, this book might be for you.
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One of the online pioneers of the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early), Fisker turns conventional retirement doctrine on its head. This is the book for you if your gut tells you there has to be a way to exit the rat race sooner than conventional wisdom suggests. Fisker's blog also makes for a compelling read: EarlyRetirementExtreme.com
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| Rockstar Review | Categories: FIRE, Career, Lifestyle
The author suggests there is a better way to make money than following the traditional route. His solution? Create online businesses (among other things). Solid info? You decide.
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Those who enjoyed Chilton's original classic "The Wealthy Barber", are likely to enjoy this book. Though not a work of fiction, it contains more of Chilton's solid (updated) advice and his thoughts on saving and investing then and now.
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A great resource to help us understand how not having "enough" in any part of our lives affects how we think and feel. Also offers the insights we need to be more empathetic when those around us experience scarcity.
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Browne invites us to question. Everything. Every rule, every restriction, every boundary, both self-imposed and imposed upon us by others. The reader may not agree with the author's every assertion but, nonetheless, many of them will merit consideration if not adoption.
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A how-to guide for living the good life. First, take care of yourself, then help others take care of themselves and finally, reap the rewards of these investments. Sound overwhelming? Not when you develop the underlying habits one at a time and Covey shows us how.
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Simplicity at its best. Carl Richards tells us what really matters in setting up our personal and/or household's financial plan: asking the right questions and acting on the answers, where and when appropriate. Richards goes beyond the numbers, arming us with the fundamentals we need to set ourselves up for a successful future, with the aid of his delightful Sharpie diagrams, of course.
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The "Rich Habits" are ten principles created through years of researching the daily success habits of his wealthiest clients. Tom provides a step by step financial success program that is concise, easy to understand and even easier to apply, regardless of your age, education or income level.
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All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan
This step-by-step guide delivers both the information we need to master our finances and a new way of looking at money management to enable us to live our best lives now and in the future. Best of all, it's all backed by solid research.
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In this part "how to" book, part early "memoir," Vitug offers the resources needed to help & inspire others to live life on their terms. He wanted to be more purposeful, more self-directed. Getting his financial house in order helped him decide to go for it and pursue his dreams and he hasn't looked back since.
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Our lifestyle inflation is out of control to the point that we don't even question whether we need what we buy and it's killing us slowly with ever increasing levels of consumer debt. Is this really the American Dream? That's the question Juliet Schor seeks to answer in this book.
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Business ideas come in all sizes and this book debunks the idea that starting a business requires a lot of startup capital. The reader is exposed to dozens of business ideas from real people who have started a wide variety of businesses. It can help feed your curiosity or fuel a desire to pull the trigger and start a small business of your own.
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What can neuroscience tell us about why we buy and how we can be fooled by advertising, influenced by logos and manipulated by rituals? Plenty according to Martin Linstrom. This is a fun and surprising read.
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Liar's Poker
Michael Lewis offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be part of the Wall Street experience as a bond salesman. This book is the ultimate insider's take on Wall Street's penchant for greed, excess and deception.
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Categories: Investing, Career, Lifestyle
This new take on the concept of "keeping up with the Joneses" delivers one key message: comparing ourselves to others hurts more than it helps because what really matters about how we live our lives can't be measured by traditional means. Living the good life isn't about the stuff we accumulate. It's about living our values, that is investing our time and resources in what matters most to us in the shorter and longer term, regardless of the pressures we may feel from marketers, social media or the neighbors.
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The title speaks for itself. Bob Clyatt invites us to question why we work as much as we do and invites us to consider the options that are available to us, from downshifting to semi-retirement among others. The book takes the reader step by step, from saving and investing to what we can do to change our lifestyle as our options expand along with the size of our portfolio.
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A book that focuses on case studies and scripture to advocate for debt-free living. This is not a resource to help individuals get out of debt but one to inspire debt-free living.
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Great for anyone who’s thinking about their work situation. Guillebeau invites us to change the way we think about “work” itself: it should be a source of income as well as a source of joy and personal growth.
A book for entrepreneurs by a guy who walks the walk, and who’s in tune with his all-important "why". Pat Flynn gets it and freely shares his insights to help others be successful in business and in life.
Essentialism helps us learn how to get more out of life without spending more (more time, more energy, more money), and shows us the path to greater fulfillment. The way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not.
Victory Lap Retirement provides evidence that prudent personal finance management offers financial security, as well as gives us the freedom to reinvent ourselves as many times as we like, at any age.
This book is the antidote to the current & expected self-destructive habits of the modern workplace. It contains critical insight into what makes us perform at our best… and at our worst.
| Rockstar Review | Categories: Career, Lifestyle
Self-deception is a self-preservation mechanism we all make use of on a regular basis to protect our ego. This behavior is an integral part of our human nature and this fact materially affects our workplace, our relationships, even our society in general in fascinating and unexpected ways, and these authors show us how. Sneak peek: It's impossible to view our criminal justice system the same way after reading this book.
Status Anxiety
Often a symbol of status and wealth, stuff has ruled our minds and our hearts for millenia. De Botton dives into this topic in a way that guides the reader to one conclusion: materialism makes itself increasingly trivial over time because what matters at one point in time becomes irrelevant in another, and so at an increasing pace. Want to feel better about the purchase you didn't make? Read this book.
This book provides the how behind the question of how to successfully retire and do what we want to do sooner than later. Author Ernie Zelinski has done it and sooner than the majority of people, long before the concept of FIRE had much traction. He provides great advice along with a healthy dose of humor along the way.
The Big Tiny is Williams's story about leaving it all behind to rediscover the life we all long for. The author takes us on her journey toward minimalism and tiny home living. Though this might be a fringe lifestyle, it's not the most surprising aspect of the book. What is? It's a small world after all.
We think we know what it's like to have no money but unless we've been a member of the working poor, Ehrenreich's message is clear: we don't have a clue what it's really like until we're faced with their day-to-day challenges, with their reality. She got a glimpse of what it's like and she shares her experience in this important book.
Spent is Avis Cardella's timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume.
We are by definition a materialistic society. Everything we do on a day-to-day basis revolves around our stuff: getting it, maintaining it, using it, disposing of it, replenishing it, upgrading it, etc. and it's costing us in unexpected ways. Kasser shows us how.
Categories: Lifestyle, Debt
This is a book for the recovering MBA or anyone who feels there has to be more to career management than trying to maximize the size of future paychecks.
The hedonic treadmill is alive and well thanks to aspirational purchases and the constant need for upgrades to our standard of living. What do the richer among us have? Whether it's cars, BBQs or jewelry we're talking about, it's only a matter of time before it hits the mainstream. But the big question is whether the pursuit of the next big thing is worth all this effort.
This work of fiction invites the reader to consider that taking care of others has a way of taking care of us in the end. By focusing on what others need, entrepreneurs can find success in interesting and unexpected ways.
What is "Enough"? That's the question John C. Bogle attempts to answer. This isn't a book about minimalism but rather a book about finding balance in a world that keeps wanting us to seek anything but. The author takes a look below the veneer of the success we all seek to find what matters most in living the good, if not perfect, life. His reflections cover career, relationships, investing as he redefines success as much for himself as for his readers.
Jeff Yeager is a cheapskate and he's proud of it. Better still, he's willing to share how being one can add to our quality of life and to our overall life satisfaction.
Judity Levine decided she'd had enough. Enough of her consumerist lifestyle that was bleeding her dry, leaving her feeling empty. This lead to her (and her partner's) decision to experience a year without shopping (along with the difficulties of identifying what constitutes a "necessity"). What replaced the accumulation of superfluous stuff? Career and relationship development.
Want to know what marketers know about our behavior? About how predictable we can be when we consume and how to recognize the psychological manipulation they use to extract more dollars from our wallets? Philip Graves's book does just that.
Alan Corey can rub some of us the wrong way because he's an outlier in the extreme, having managed to live on a shoestring while accumulating significant wealth during the real estate bubble. We can love to hate his story, but it nonetheless offers significant food for thought about what we really need and how what we're passionate about can significantly influence our behavior.
How To Be Free
When it comes to mainstream lifestyles, Tom Hodgkinson doesn't care about what's normal and he invites us to consider doing the same. In this book, he challenges the assumptions associated with the current consumer culture, using history, literature and philosophy as his sources of inspiration. A fun read that's sure to inspire.
David Pogue does for money saving tips what he's done for tech and life: he offers up his best advice to help us save where and when we can, enabling us make the most out of every dollar we choose to spend.
This mother daughter duo offer well-researched and compelling evidence that life in America is not what it used to be. Why? Wage stagnation and the new expectations of modern life have resulted in an increased need for households to move from single to dual incomes. The consequences? The lack of a financial cushion needed to weather unexpected financial hardships as a household's fixed expenses increasingly eat up more of a household's earnings.
Positive thinking is overrated and, in some cases, even harmful. This book is a form of subversive stoicism that can help us rethink the benefits of "positivity" by focusing on what it can hinder. The thesis is likely to surprise: the pursuit of happiness can make us miserable.
Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us--and How to Fight Back
Could GDP be a symptom of our misguided efforts? Is measuring our worth based on our ability to produce and consume leading us to miss the point that long-term happiness is not usually found in "stuff"? The authors of Affluenza invite us to consider these important questions and, by the same token, to reconsider how we choose to live our lives.
Money isn't complicated but we insist on making it more complicated than it is. This is Jean Chatzky's main message, which is accompanied by no nonsense advice that helps us keep it simple, making us happier, and more successful as a result.
Enough
What is "enough"? That's what Patrick Rhone seeks to help us discover via a series of short essays on the topic. The insights the reader can derive from this short book can be transformative. Sometimes all we need to hear to improve our lives is the right question.
This work of fiction tells of a couple's journey toward financial independence, from their twenties to retirement and beyond, along with all the triumphs and mistakes along the way. The story is reassuring, inspiring and entertaining.
A guide to single motherhood from financial blogger, and podcaster, Emma Johnson (WealthySingleMommy.com). Johnson shows readers how to recreate a new life entirely on their own terms, find the time to devote to health, hobbies, friendships, faith, community and travel, and overall how to be a joyful, present and proud role model to your kids.