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
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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This two-part book addresses 1. our need to understand how the way we think affects how we manage our money and 2. what we can do to change or mitigate our tendencies.
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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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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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A classic, this work of fiction about a broker learning the ropes is a solid reminder that, when it comes to playing the stock market, the more things change, the more they stay the same. It offers interesting insights into crowd psychology and the constant pull many of us have toward trying to time the market.
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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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Thinking, Fast and Slow
There is no question that this book forever alters the way a reader thinks about how we think. Kahneman's important work uncovers the many ways in which our powerful brain serves us and hinder our ability to make "logical" determinations, all at the same time. It leaves us with a mixture of awe and bewilderment, with each chapter delivering insights of sufficient significance as to merit a standalone book.
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We believe we're rational in most of our thinking, that is until we've read this book. Dan Ariely finds our irrational quirks fascinating and presents them in interesting and entertaining ways through stories and by sharing the findings he's accumulated over years of performing psychological research studies on willing participants and classroom teaching.
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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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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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If you care to learn a great deal more about the 2008-09 financial crisis than was available by staying on top of the news and want to be entertained at the same time, this book is a good choice. Lewis manages to share a riveting story while providing the level of detail (along with extensive footnotes) needed for the reader to get a good grasp of exactly what happened. An engrossing read.
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Farnoosh Torabi helps us prioritize our spending with this book. It's not about being frugal per se, it's about maximizing our dollars by spending money on what we value most and saving the rest. After all, life is sweeter when we can have our cake and eat it too.
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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.
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.
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.
Is there such a thing as psychological hacking? If this includes increased awareness, it's what Eric Barker does every week on his blog bakadesuyo.com. This book reflects the author's never-ending pursuit of uncovering the best way to improve our thinking and approach to everything from negotiations to grit to love and happiness. No small task but he gets it done in fun and interesting ways.
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.
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.
Retailers know why, when and how we buy. They track our behavior online and in their stores to find out the best way to get us to buy, buy more and buy more often. They know what makes us tick and this book helps us understand what influences our buying behavior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Newcomb is on a mission to help us understand how the way we think about money affects our behavior and what we can do to feel at ease when it comes to spending, saving and investing. Yes, we can think differently about money.