For the past three years, I have been reading personal finance books along with hundreds of FIRE blogs. So far I have read The Millionaire Next Door, Your Money or your Life, The Simple Path to Wealth, and Smart Women Finish Rich.
Although not an extensive list by any means, these books have helped confirm the foundation of my financial plan, have taught me the basic concepts of investing and given me a good perspective on spending needs.
In 2018, I aim to expand my reading list to personal finance books that expand on living your best life in addition to being money conscientious. Rockstar Finance has compiled a book directory that has good reading for people at all stages of finance.
These are my picks for 2018:
Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement (Bob Clyatt)
I might have One Less Year Syndrome. Could I transition to semi-retirement instead of going for full FIRE? Is it cheating if I go for a partly-funded lifestyle change?
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What you Love, and Create a New Future (Chris Guillebeau)
I hope this book will give me new ideas and inspire. Do I have what it takes to start or build a small business?
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do (Chris Guillebeau)
I struggle with finding a passion. It is hard to be passionate when each moment sucks all your creative energy. Will this book help me explore my interests?
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
An inspirational story about a sheep herder’s quest for answers.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey)
Apparently, a how-to-guide for living the good life. As I transition to retirement, I need a little guidance and maybe a little structure.
Money Master the Game: 7 Steps to Financial Freedom (Tony Robbins)
Tony Robbins is a successful and well-known life coach, who has access to the best in investing and business. I am curious about his take on financial success, but even more interested in how he weaves this in too having a successful (subjective and far more important) life.
Essentialism: The Discipline and Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown)
I get more out of life by consuming less and being self-reliant. This book might just reinforce and invigorate my current path while helping me to eliminate the things that are not essential.
Simplify (Joshua Becker)
While I am not a minimalist, my home and life need some serious de-cluttering. I feel smothered by stuff and do-to lists. I must attempt to re-organize and create a more peaceful existence this year.
Obviously, I am moving farther away from my pursuit of money management skills in favor of life management skills. This list reflects my current need to be more self-reflective and discover how to pursue my dreams.
Any books on your list this year?