Personal Finance Books For The Holidays


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The economy isn’t so hot these days is it? But at the same time you’re looking for some great gifts.  Why not give a gift that could help someone achieve their financial freedom?  There are plenty of great books out there you can give.

Here are some great personal finance books that would make great gifts:

The Intelligent Investor – Great book on investing from a respected master in the field (he was Buffett’s teacher).  I have to re-read this one myself as there’s too much to learn in one read!

The Intelligent Investor

Your Money or Your Life – YMYL takes a full life approach to your finances and shows you what your true hourly wage is.  This is really a fantastic read!

Your Money Or Your Life

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing – This book provides you with sounds investing advice.  Invest in mutual funds with low or no fees is the running theme here.  Fun read too.

Boglehead's Guide to Investing

The Millionaire Next Door – You may be surprised about the lifestyle of the average millionaire!  Very enlightening book.

The Millionaire Next Door

Accounting For Dummies -I’m actually reading this now.   I want a better understanding of financials which will help me at work and with my own finances.

Accounting for Dummies

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – People seem to love this book or hate it.  When I look back on it I don’t see many concrete ways to fix my personal finances but it did open my eyes to taking control of my finances and thinking of ways to eliminate my debt.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Not so personal finance but great reads:

Liar’s Poker – Not personal finance but a great look into Wall Street greed in the 80’s which is still very similar today.

Liar's Poker

Moneyball -Baseball fan?  Check!  A book about thinking outside of the given norm to look for value in order to get ahead?  Check!  Same author as Liar’s Poker and also a fun read!


The World Is Flat 3.0 – We are in a world economy now.  This book show you the extent to which this is true and how technology and made it possible not only for anyone to start a business but for businesses to operate the world over.

The World is Flat

The Tipping Point – What makes a product or idea go viral?

Tipping Point

Naked Economics – A look at economics in a language we all can understand.

Naked Economics

How to Win Friends & Influence People – People skills. You need them. Read this book then read it again!

How to Win Friends and Influence People

The 4-Hour Workweek – I can’t say everything in this book works but it is eye-opening to how a business can be run.

4 Hour Workweek

By no means is this a definitive list.  But I can tell you that I’ve personally read each of these books and they are all worth the read!

What do you think?  Know any other books?  I’ll add them to the list!

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Published or updated March 29, 2013.


  1. Thanks for the great list! I’ve read about half the books on here, and am currently reading The 4-Hour Workweek. I think that there’s a lot of good stuff out there that can help, and reading a variety of books on finance can help you create a style that bests fits you.

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  2. @ Miranda – I like what you say about finding a style. Personally I don’t follow any one person’s advice. I take it all in and use what I find helpful. The more you read the more rounded you’ll get.

    @ Joe – I’ve definitely got to find time to go back to the Intelligent Investor! If there were only more hours in the day. And I like your book idea!

  3. I am a HUGE fan of The Intelligent Investor !

    It’s one of the first investing books I read, based solely on the Buffett connection (why not learn from the best?). It’s a pretty dense read, but so informative.

    Ironically, or maybe just to be “fair and balanced” I’d also recommend Jim Cramer’s Real Money. In many ways it’s the compliment to the value investing view of The Intelligent Investor. Just another set of tactics, though I think Real Money is more for the short term, where The Intelligent Investor is long haul.

    Incidentally, I’ve always wanted to write my own investment book: “The Inelegant Investor” (subtitled: “A Guide to Undisciplined Investing and Winning Ugly on Wall street”) ;-)

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  4. @ FF – I found The World is Flat immensely interesting! It really helps you understand where companies are at in the global economy.

    @ Hannah – Great line! I think you’ll like Millionaire Next Door. Anyone who covets their neighbors stuff should read it.

  5. The world is flat is an excellent book that collectively looks at all sorts of issues. Everything from the economic crisis, to the World economic situation. I would suggest this book to anyone interested in anything in our economy or a world view.

    FF’s last blog post..Bankruptcy 101

  6. I will admit, I did not read all of Rich Dad, Poor Dad…however, there is a line from the book I still carry with me today. “Poor Dad said, ‘I am poor because of you kids.’ Rich Dad said, ‘I must be rich because I have you kids.'” My husband and I really took that to heart and it is shaping our financial decisions as we prepare to start a family in the next couple years.

    My husband just got done reading Millionaire Next Door and is it next on my reading list!

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  7. @ Craig – I saw that he has a new book. Added it to my wish list along with Friedman’s new one!

  8. @ Craig – Friedman wrote The World is Flat. His new one is Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  9. The Tipping Point was a great book, everyone should check it out. Currently reading his new book Outliers.

  10. The new one is in the same style as the last 2. If you liked those you will like this, interesting, lots of stats. Of course you can play devils advocate with everything he writes. I’m only part of the way done, but it’s a good read. Don’t know Friedman. What’s the new one?

  11. @ffb Thanks. Never read that although heard it was great. Read mixed things about the second one, I’m sure its good. Have books for pleasure to read as well. Too many reads out there, not enough time.

  12. Thanks for the great list too!

    I can’t wait to start reading them

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  13. @ Fabulously Broke – You have a lot of reading to do! Hopefully you get some as gifts.

  14. Great list of books.

    I think the biggest lesson one can take from the Rich Dad, Poor Dad books is how to build a brand and an empire of information products that keeps the bucks rolling in. I’d be shocked if his books weren’t more lucrative for him than his real estate investments. :P

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  15. @ Lindsay – Yeah, I’m sure the Rich Dad, Poor Dad brand is doing ok dollar wise! But I do recall one piece of advice from the book is to find a good professional to work with like a good lawyer or accountant. That’s pretty wise.

  16. @ Joe – I remember that and it was very helpful in looking at my lifestyle to see where my money was going! I think I’m going to have to re-read it now.

  17. @FFB

    One thing I got from Rich Dad, Poor Dad was his definition of assets vs. liabilities (assets put money in your pocket, liabilities take money out of your pocket), which I thought was a great way to look at things. It’s obviously a simplified view, but makes one question whether buying that car or house is really an investment in an asset, or just a liability.

    Joe’s last blog post..Why Now is a Good Time to Negotiate Debt With Lenders.

  18. @ Dawn – I’ll have to add those to my reading list!

  19. I’m looking for ‘Harmonic Wealth’ by James Arthur Ray.
    Another one that isn’t exactly PF …
    But can help save us money by taking better care of our health is …
    You: The Owner’s Manual by Michael F. Roizen M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz M.D.

  20. Great list, we must have similar tastes. :)

    I’ve read the majority of those already and many more are on my ‘to read’ list.

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  21. @ Eden – Great minds think alike!

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