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April 17, 2014



Contest Time: Win Ten Personal Finance Books, Part Deux!

Contest is Over, Winner is Being Selected,  Thanks to Everyone who Entered and Everyone Who Helped Promote the Contest!

Ah, there’s nothing quite as fun as reading, is there?  I know that I am a hardcore bibliophile, and enjoy reading at every opportunity that is presented to me.  I’m guessing more than a few of my readers are the same; particularly given the high percentage of you that are fellow bloggers anyway, it just seems fitting that you’d enjoy reading some more personal finance books.  So, I’m giving some away.

As I did before, I’ll be giving away ten books to one lucky reader, allowing him or her to catch up on their own personal finance reading.  I’m going to simplify the means of entry this time around: all you have to do is leave a comment to win; none of that tweeting about the contest or sharing it in your own blog stuff.  (While I hope you’re willing to pass along information about this giveaway, I can see where it could lead to conflicting feelings, wondering whether it’s better to share the info and get another entry or two or keep the information to yourself and decrease the number of competitors.)  As to what to include in your comment, I’d like you to answer this question:

What’s the Best Personal Finance Book You’ve Ever Read?

I’ve read quite a few, myself, but I’m always on the hunt for more.  As with most things in life, one of the easiest ways to learn more about what good personal books are out there is to ask my friends and acquaintances to share some of their suggestions.  If you’re willing to share one or more of your favorites, I’ll give you a chance to win some of the books that I’ve read recently, including:

  • The Wealth Cure - A look at the true nature of money in our lives, provided by Hill Harper of CSI:Miami (but don’t let that dissuade you; it’s really quite good).
  • Get a Financial Life - A well-written guide to personal finance, aimed at a group that is sometimes neglected due to limited available funds: those people in their twenties and thirties.
  • Gimme My Money Back - CNN’s Ali Velshi shares the story of the 2008 downturn, and provides plenty of ways for the average person to get back on track, financially.
  • Boiled Down Money Goo - In spite of the odd, and perhaps a bit peculiar, title, this book does a pretty decent job of boiling down all those facts about money that you need to know into a simple to understand message (or, ‘goo’) for easy absorption.
  • Trading in the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes - If you are planning on doing more stock trading than buy and hold investing, you could do worse than looking to the deliberate style of Sherlock Holmes for your inspiration.
  • The New Coffeehouse Investor – A guide to building up your investments while ignoring the typical Wall Street noise; it’s definitely a nice read for the starter investor.
  • Be a Real Estate Millionaire – I know you’re probably suspicious of a book advertised on late night cable television (I was, too), but it’s actually a surprisingly solid introduction to real estate purchasing (if a bit too optimistic for my tastes).
  • Jim Cramer’s Real Money - If you’ve ever admired Jim Cramer’s stock picking methods, either as a fan of his show or from his hedge fund work, here’s your chance to learn more about what makes him tick.
  • Jim Cramer’s Mad Money - Speaking of fans of Jim Cramer’s show, if you want a view behind the scenes (and to learn some of the lessons that running the show has taught Cramer), here’s another book you’ll love.
  • Rich Dad’s Plan for Financial Success (a collection of Rich Dad, Poor Dad; Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant; and Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing) – Here are Robert Kiyosaki’s first three Rich Dad books, all bundled up in one nice, neat little package and ready to read.
With that collection of ten books (well, possibly twelve, if you count all three of the Rich Dad books separately), you should have no problem gaining a nice understanding of personal finance and money management.  Since we need to have a time when the contest ends (it’s not much of a contest if I wait for decades to see if anyone else enters), please be sure to leave your comment by January 31st, 2012.  That’s a week from Tuesday; there’s not too much time to dawdle.  So, what are you waiting for; sit down, think for a few minutes, and share with me

What’s the Best Personal Finance Book You’ve Ever Read?

Good luck!

Comments

  1. The best finance book I ever read was the one that started me on a road to automation and financial awareness. That was ‘The Automatic Millionaire’ by David Bach.

    Also really enjoyed Ramit Sethi’s ‘I Will Teach You to Be Rich’ and ‘Rich Like Them’ by Ryan D’Agostino.
    Eric´s last blog post ..What’s In Your Wallet?

  2. pamela james says:

    I would have to say suzi ormond’s books-I’m sure there are better books-but it was one of the first that I read.

    pjames330 at aol dot com

  3. The very first personal finance book I read was The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton. Because of that nostalgia, it is probably my favourite, although I loved The Wealthy Barber Returns too. Really I could recommend David Chilton all day

  4. It is without a doubt The Richest Man in Babylon! I loved its simple message and its parable style. It’s like warm bedtime reading!
    American Debt Project´s last blog post ..Spend Your Blogging Time Efficiently: Learning from the Pros

  5. Thanks again for entering, everyone. Congratulations to American Debt Project, chosen by random number selection, for winning!

    @Eric: I do like Bach’s books (although, he has the bad habit of repeating himself in progressive books).

    @Pamela: Suze Orman does do a pretty good, and I agree with you that the first book you read tends to be the most convincing for you.

    @Tyler: Yup, nostalgia is a strongly influencing factor, and I’ve certainly heard plenty of good things about the Wealthy Barber.

    @American Debt Project: Congratulations again, and The Richest Man in Babylon is another one I’ve heard recommended quite highly. Thanks for your participation!

  6. Greetings! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you
    I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?

    Thanks!
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