This is a running list of our reviews of the best personal finance and investment books according to the experts. The original list of 15 is presented in order of our favorites.

“I never have time to read,” I told myself.

This was usually a personal validation following hours spent doing nothing. You’re probably like me, and you’re not wrong. It’s hard to find time to read (not really, but it feels like it is). On our Behind the Brilliance episode, Lisa Nicole Bell simplied the “challenge” by recommending “just read 10 pages a day.” A few months after the episode, I read four books. This was about four more books than I read in the previous four years.

It turns out it is hard to find a (good) excuse not to read 10-pages a day. Can’t read 10-pages a day? Try these other options: 10-minutes a day; 5-pages when you wake up and 5-pages before you go to sleep; 3-pages every commercial break; or 1-page every time Netflix asks, “are you still watching?”

It took some habit-building but in my new reality, it is now harder to not read 10-pages a day than it is to read.  This is not a Paychecks & Balances invite to a glass of red wine “book club.” We simply challenge you to try to read 10-pages a day. What’s the worse that could happen?

I picked some books because they were highly recommended. I chose others because I’m cheap and I already owned them. Either way, I summarized what I learned from each book and the action items to make you rich.

The Best Personal Finance and Investment Books Reviewed

The original 15:

  1. Debt Free or Die Trying by Marcus Garrett
  2. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley
  3. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
  4. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  5. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  6. A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel
  7. The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren
  8. Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
  9. The Dos and Donts of Money: Easy Solutions for Everyday Problems by Suze Orman
  10. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  11. Your Credit Score: How to Improve the 3-Digit Number That Shapes Your Financial Future by PB56: The Truth About Credit guest Liz Weston
  12. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, Monique Tilford
  13. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason
  14. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
  15. Irrational Exuberance by Robert Shiller

Other Paychecks and Balances Good Reads

With the remaining free time you and I don’t have, I recommend, read, and reviewed these books to further round out your library.

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