Our reviews of the best personal finance and investment books include the best books to help you get out of debt and get rich, according to the experts, as well as some of our own personal favorites.

“I never have time to read,” I told myself all the time. Usually as 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’s not a priority). That’s why I was interested in Lisa Nicole Bell’s suggestion to “read 10 pages a day” when she was a guest on our Behind the Brilliance episode. It wasn’t a challenge, but I accepted. A few months after the episode, I completed four books. This was approximately four more books than I had read in the last four years.

I’m great at making excuses, but it’s 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 ask “are you still watching?” during one of your seasonal binge-watching sessions. It took some habit building but I’m consistent about reading at least 10-pages a day now. We challenge you to read 10-pages of a book, any book, every day. This is not a Paychecks & Balances “book club.”

Below, in no particular order, is the list of books I chose to read. Some I picked because they were highly recommended. Others I chose because I’m cheap and already owned them. Either way, I summarized what I learned from each book and the key action items in a brief write-up in each hyperlink.

The Best Personal Finance and Investment Books Reviewed

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

The Best Professional Development and Career Advice Books

With the remaining free time you and I don’t have, I recommend these Professional Development and career advice books.

  1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by James C. Collins
  2. First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
  3. Crush It: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
  4. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  5. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  6. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  7. The One Thing You Need to Know by Marcus Buckingham
  8. Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra
  9. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
  10. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
  11. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  12. The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton
  13. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  14. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  15. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

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