88 Best Personal Finance Books: As Recommended by Personal Finance Bloggers

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How I compiled the list of books of best personal finance books:

I read through several personal finance posts that included the best personal finance books.  If a blogger suggested the book, I gave that book a thumbs up.  The book with the most thumbs up is number one.

Note: Some authors listed the best persoanl finance books according to category. I did not.  Some authors restricted themselves by a set of criteria.  For example, Christian PF included books only under $1.  Other authors had multiple posts with favorite books (like Jim at Bargaineering). I took each mention as one vote.  Some authors (like Trent at The Simple Dollar) listed the books in order of favorites.  Technically, I should have given more weight to those at the top of the list, but I did not.

I apologize if there are any errors along the way.  I tried to be as accurate as possible, but this was a huge list and I suspect someone is probably listed beside the name of a book they dislike.  I apologize also if you have a book list I missed.  I tried to find as many sources as possible.

Bloggers Who Wrote About the Best Personal Finance Books:

So what is the best personal finance book?

The Best Personal Finance Books

Millionaire

The Millionaire Next Door

Thomas Stanley and William Danko

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Recommended by 11 different bloggers.

NUMBER TWO

Richest Man

The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients

George Clason

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Recommended by 10 different bloggers.

NUMBER THREE

Total Money

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Dave Ramsey

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Recommended by 10 different bloggers

NUMBER FOUR

Your money or life

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

By Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

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Recommended by 10 different bloggers

NUMBER FIVE

Random Walk

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Revised and Updated)

By Burton Malkiel

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Recommended by 7 personal finance blogs

NUMBER SIX

Auto M

The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich

By David Bach

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Recommended by 7 personal finance blogs

NUMBER SEVEN

Wealthy Barber

The Wealthy Barber

By David Chilton

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Recommended by 7 personal finance blogs

NUMBER EIGHT

Intelligent Investor

The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel

By Benjamin Graham

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Recommended by six blogs

NUMBER NINE

Boglehead

The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing

By Lairmore, Lindauer, and LeBoeuf

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Recommended by six blogs

NUMBER TEN

Money Book

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke

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Recommended by six blogs

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Best Personal Finance Books Suggested By Four Sources:

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11.  The Number: What Do You Need for the Rest of Your Life and What Will It Cost? by Lee Eisenberg

12.  The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias

13.  Debt is Slavery: and 9 Other Things I Wish My Dad Had Taught Me About Money by  Michael Mihalik

14.  Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter

15.  The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacycyn

16.  The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio by William Bernstein

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The Following Books were recommended by three sources:

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17.    Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach

18.  Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart

The Following Books were recommended by two sources:

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19.  Yes, You Can Achieve Financial Independence by James Stowers

20.  Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein

21. Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey

22.  I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

23.  Stocks for the Long Run : The Definitive Guide to Financial Market Returns and Long-Term Investment Strategies by Jeremy Siegel

24.  Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World by Jim Cramer

25. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bogle

26.  The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

27.  Joy of Simple Living by  Jeff Davidson

28.  Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin

29.  WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? (A PRACTICAL MANUAL FOR JOB-HUNTERS & CAREER-CHANGERS by Richard Nelson Bolles

30.  What Color Is Your Piggy Bank?: Entrepreneurial Ideas for Self-Starting Kids (Millennium Generation Series) by  Adelia Cellini Linecker

31.  Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes & How to Correct Them: Lessons from the New Science of Behavioral Economics by Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich

32.  Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement by Bob Clyatt

33.  You’re Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead by Larry Winget

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Consolation Prize for the following books that were recommended by one source:

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34.  All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

35.  America’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides

36.  Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

37.  Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples by Larry Burkett

38.  Debt Free Living by Larry Burkett

39.  Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

40.  Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

41.  Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz

42.  Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide for Kids by Gail Karlitz

43.  Guerilla Marketing by Jay Levinson

44.  Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel

45.  How Much is Enough by Arun Abey and Andrew Ford

46.  How to Get out of Debt, Stay out of Debt, and Live Prosperously by Jerrold Mundis

47.  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

48.  It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living A Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh

49.  Living Simply with Children by Marie Sherlock

50. Mad Money by Jim Cramer

51.  Make Your Kid a Millionaire by Kevin McKinley

52. Making the Most of Your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn

53. Motley Fool’s Money Guide by Selena Maranjian

54.  Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

55.  Poor Richards Almanac by Benjamin Franklin

56.  Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

57. Rule #1 by Phil Town

58.  Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

59. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman

60. The Incredible Money Making Machine by Don Lancaster

61. The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets by Peter Schiff

62. The Little Book That Makes You Rich by Louis Navellier

63. The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley

64. One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch and John Rothchild

65. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

66. The Truth About Money by Ric Edelman

67. The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford

68. Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

69. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

70.  Why Smart People Do Stupid Things with Money: Overcoming Financial Dysfunction by Bert Whitehead

71. Yes, You Can Get a Financial Life by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth

72. You Call the Shots by Cameron Johnson

73. Debt-Proof Living by Mary Hunt

74.  Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levin

75. Born to Buy by Juliet Schor

76.  The Subprime Solution by Robert Shiller

77. Women and Money by Suze Orman

78. The Road to Wealth by Suze Orman

79. The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received by Liz Claman

80. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mortgages by Jamie Sutton

81. The Coffeehouse Investor by Bill Schultheis

82. Beating the Street by Peter Lynch

83. Raising Money Smart Kids by Kiplingers Personal Finance

84. The Intelligent Asset Allocator by Richard Ferri

85. All About Asset Allocation by Richard Ferri

86. Covered Calls and Naked Puts by Ron Groenke

87. Girl, Get your Money Straight by Flinda Bridgforth

88. The Book of Investing Wisdom by Peter Krass

If you want to see which books each blogger recommended you can view the entire list here. (I suggest you download the document for a cleaner view in Excel).

Do you have a favorite that is not on this list?  Which book do you think is the best personal finance book?

Comments

  1. says

    Craig, thanks for doing this work! I’ve picked up a few I want to add to my reading list. There are some in the top tier I had never heard about, so it will be good to read a few new authors to make my library a little more well rounded. I’m currently reading How to Debt Proof Your Marriage by Mary Hunt. I’m surprised it’s not on the list given some of the good content around couples working together in managing their finances. I’ll let you know when I’m done with the review!
    .-= Jason @ One Money Design´s last blog ..Personal Finance Software: The Features You Can’t Live Without =-.

    • Craig says

      @Jason I was also surprised by some of the results. I have read How to Debt Proof Your Marriage and I thought it had some good ideas.
      I take the list with me anytime I am in a second hand store so I can use it to find great books for cheap.
      If I were to add a book or two (apart from books I will suggest on my Christian list tomorrow) I would add Your Money and Your Brain
      and Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth.

  2. FinancialBondage says

    The Word on Finances
    Your Finances in Changing Times
    Using your money Wisely

    All by Larry Burkett. Older books, but still useful. Especially “The Word on Finances”. Topical scriptures and commentary, over 400 pages.

  3. says

    Nice post, I always enjoy reading a reading list. You have some good books there. I would put Rich Dad & Think and Grow Rich a tad higher and The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing wayyyy lower.

  4. Betsy says

    The best canadian personal finance book that I have come across is “Wake Up or Die Poor”. There is also a companion site that helps people set up their budgets. Thanks for the great titles Craig. Bets

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