After months on the back-burner, I’ve begun to think about a potential Get Rich Slowly book again. The main problem is that there are already hundreds of personal finance books already on the shelves. How would mine be any different? Why would you (or your Aunt Josephine) pick up Get Rich Slowly: The Book and what would she get out of it?

I know what I like in a personal finance book, and I know why I find most of them so tedious. I’d love to hear from you, however. What do you like in a personal finance book? What do you find useful? What do you find un-useful?

  • Do you like statistics and reference to scientific research?
  • Do you like forms and worksheets?
  • Do you like end-of-chapter checklists?
  • Do you like personal anecdotes and stories of real-life people?
  • Do you like information about the psychology of money?

What’s your favorite personal finance book and why? What do you like about it?

For myself, I do not like forms and worksheets. I hate end-of-chapter checklists. (Even more, I hate quizzes.) I do like stats and research, and I especially like to hear about the psychology of money. It helps me to know that everyone tends to consider sunk costs. And, most of all, I like practical information that I can use to make my life better.

I like books like The Total Money Makeover that offer real-world tips and address actual behavior instead of books written by suits who think my life is such that I can always make the optimal choice.

Imagine the ideal personal finance book. What’s it like?