My personal-finance library is growing at an alarming rate. Authors and publishers send me preview copies of their works. I pick up cheap copies of old books at thrift stores. And, it’s true, Get Rich Slowly (the company) actually buys new books about personal finance and success. As a result, I have a stack of unread books, and not enough time to read them all. Worse, I can’t decide which to read first. I thought it might be fun to let you, the readers, help me choose.
I cleaned my office this weekend (it was a mess). Just for kicks, I made a short video after I’d finished picking up:
As I cleaned, I made a note of every unread book I found lying around. In the following list, I’ve linked to the Amazon page for each of them so you can get a better idea of what each book is about. I’ve also indicated how I heard about it. Which of these would you like me to read and review?
- Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery by Gail MarksJarvis — reader recommendation
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi — a classic psychology book
- Stumbling on Happiness by Danniel Gilbert — watched his amazing TED talk
- Investing in an Uncertain Economy for Dummies edited by Sheryl Garrett — sent by GRS-reader Dylan Ross, who has two chapters here
- How to Be the Family CFO by Kim Snider — sent to me by the publisher
- It’s Not About the Money by Brent Kessel — sent to me by the publisher
- The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio by David and Tom Gardner — sent to me by the publisher
- Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny — sent to me by the publisher
- Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom — recommended by a reader
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions — reader recommendation
- The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less by Barry Schwartz — reader recommendation
- Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton — reader recommendation
- Your Money & Your Brain by Jason Zweig — sent to me by the publisher
- You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen — reader recommendation
- Enough by John Bogle — sent to me by the publisher
- Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina — purchased by GRS
- Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver by Michael Maloney — given to me by GRS reader
Yes, all of these were scattered around my office. There were actually many other books cluttering up the place, too, but I’d either read them or they weren’t about personal finance. If one or more of these sounds interesting to you, please leave a comment with the title(s). If there are books with significantly more votes, I’ll prioritize them. (Also feel free to request reviews of other books you don’t see listed here.)
My problem is that I want to read these all, but I don’t have time, and I don’t know how to choose. (Hm. Maybe The Paradox of Choice should be first!) But because I am here to serve, I’m happy to take requests. And, I must admit, I’m even happier to finally clean my office!