Top 25 Best Financial Books

Here is our list of the best books on money and entrepreneurship, as recommended by RockstarFinance.com and our book curator, Hélène Massicotte. We capped it at our 25 most favorite, and you can click on most of the titles to see what our financial blogging community thinks about them as well. We've also tagged all the books we've reviewed in-depth for further insight

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Book Summary
A book on how to gain control of your money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just a living. With an easy-to-use index and anecdotes particularly relevant today - it tells you how to: get out of debt and develop savings, reorder material priorities and live well for less, resolve inner conflicts between values and lifestyle, save the planet while saving money and more.
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Most of the truly wealthy in this country don't live in Beverly Hills or on Park Avenue - they live next door. This bestselling book identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth.
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Robbins packs a lot of wisdom from the legends of the investment community in a small package. This book includes the same fundamental information as “MONEY: Master the Game” in a quarter of the volume.
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This is the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits based on results. This book will help you: design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt - cars, houses, everything - recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths, and secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!
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The Richest Man in Babylon
Beloved by millions, this timeless classic hails as one the greatest inspirational works on the subject of thrift, financial planning, and personal wealth. These fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys.
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A 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds based on the four pillars of personal finance: banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - along with the wealth building ideas of personal entrepreneurship. A highly entertaining book that will keep the attention of the younger generation.
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An informative and entertaining work of fiction that introduces the reader to basic principles of personal finance. A great choice for beginners.
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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.
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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Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
This book is the key to increasing our ROI when it comes to how we spend our money. Think the American Dream is about the house and the car(s)? Think again!
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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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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
This is the best resource when it comes to having money conversations, both in explaining the "whys" and in providing the examples and templates to help us engage in them.
Trying to beat the stock market is theoretically a zero-sum game (for every winner, there must be a loser), but after the substantial costs of investing are deducted, it becomes a loser's game. The classic index fund that owns this market portfolio is the only investment that guarantees you with your fair share of stock market returns. And there's no better mentor than legendary mutual fund industry veteran John C. Bogle.
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| Rockstar Review | Categories: Investing
This book brings home the "whys" behind the pursuit of minimalism. The pursuit isn't for minimalism's sake. It's the pursuit of a better life, one in which we have more time, more attention, more awareness. It's a way to be fully present, unpreoccupied by so much that doesn't matter.
This book's message is clear: the decisions we make with our money should be based on our goals and values and nothing else. Richards delivers this message with face-palm simplicity thanks to his masterful use of the Sharpie. Entertaining and informative.
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This book offers insights into the inner workings of the financial services industry, including the recent effects of deregulation and of the increasing complexity and number of financial product and services, both intended to extract more money from investors' pockets. Eye opening.
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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A classic filled with timeless wisdom, Graham's book is THE resource to guide us on the path to value investing and to ultimately reaching, and possibly surpassing, our financial goals.
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The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing
This book is for readers who believe in investing for the long term in the market vehicles that provide the best returns at the lowest level of risk: low fees, stable and heavily diversified. It may not be a sexy method in the short term, but the long term results certainly are.
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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.
For the vast majority of us, money is a central part of our day-to-day lives. From currency exchange to paper or plastic, it influences us more than we realize and Claudia Hammond shows us how. An entertaining and thought-provoking read.
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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Man's Search for Meaning
Frankl offers convincing evidence that when we’re driven by purpose, we can reinvent ourselves, become incredibly resilient and experience deep contentment, even in the face of adversity.