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Top 14 Finance Books For Beginners to Read

Skylar Williams

Aug 26, 2022 15:18


Personal finance is the process of planning and managing one's money to attain one's financial objectives. Due to the fact that everyone has diverse financial objectives, there is no universal strategy for personal finance. Some books on personal finance are intended for individuals with specific financial objectives, such as planning for retirement or paying off debt. Others provide basic guidance on a variety of personal finance-related topics.

Reading books about money management and investing will enhance your financial future and put you on the path to achieving financial independence. Reading a personal finance book is the best method to boost your financial literacy, which is one of the finest strategies to improve your financial status. Finance books will teach you how to stop living paycheck to paycheck, pay off credit card debt, handle student loans, and enhance your net worth, among other things.

Personal finance books aid in better money management. At the most fundamental level, you can study personal finance fundamentals, such as why paying yourself first is advantageous or how to manage and pay off debt, so that you become more savvy and confident with managing your finances. However, it does not end there. In order to establish a healthy connection with your money, they may also educate you on how to invest, manage a mortgage, create a nest egg, prepare for retirement, and ultimately help you avoid common money problems.

Best Finance Books For Beginners

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon is my favorite finance book of all time.

The Richest Man in Babylon uses parables to illustrate financial topics such as frugality, financial planning, and raising your net worth, as opposed to a purely educational approach like many other books.

Read this book first if you've ever heard the expression "pay yourself first" without actually understanding what it means.

Also, this book is quite easy to read, making it an excellent beginning point for teaching children about money.

Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?

If you ask someone what subject they wish they had learned more about in school, the answer will generally be financed. The title of Cary Siegel's book, "Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School?" focuses on the topic of financial management. Siegel, a retired corporate leader, breaks the book into eight money lessons that you should have studied in high school or college but didn't. This book was originally intended for Siegel's five children after he realized that they had not been taught important personal finance principles before entering the real world. However, it has since become a well-received book containing money lessons and Siegel's personal experience and advice. This easy-to-read book is perfect for recent graduates or anyone who wants to begin their personal finance career on the right foot.

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez

Your Money or your life certainly provides the least amount of solid financial advice among the books on this list. However, its value is still quite high. Robin and Dominguez offer the notion that society has perverted occupational status into a subjective value judgment and that our identity as consumers has supplanted our identity as citizens. They provide an alternative approach to reaching genuine financial independence based on personal principles.

This book provides a superb introduction to the fundamental principles of FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early). It will teach young individuals how to seek a life that energizes them by spending frugally and working deliberately, rather than surrendering their precious hours for 30 years in a cubicle. It offers an alternative choice.

Your Money or Your Life was written for millennials and the future generation, who are continuously asking why and refuse to accept "because that's how we've always done it" as an acceptable response. With all of the technological advancements, we should be working less, not more, and Robin motivates us to do just that.

The Simple Path to Wealth by J.L. Collins

For novice investors, investing in the market can be nerve-wracking, but this is the ideal investment guide to ease you into the process.

The book began as a series of letters written by the author to his daughter about financial planning.

But after realizing her lack of interest in personal finance, it was transformed into the definitive guide for casual investors who wish to increase their net worth without spending all of their time watching Wall Street.

Collins will calm your fears about investing in the stock market with his straightforward approach and explanation of successful investing.

After reading this book, you will feel more confident in adopting your own financial plan. This is my favorite financial book for beginners.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

According to Sethi, the secret to a stable financial strategy is a guilt-free approach that allows one to enjoy the trip.

At some point, if you begin to follow in his footsteps, you will be able to make solid financial judgments automatically, and the entire process will become second nature.

Based on my experiences, this is a crucial component, as even the most intricate plans can become tedious with time. You wouldn't want to make it feel like an effort.

Week after week, Sethi teaches us how to become more financially wise using a methodical approach.

After completing the six-week course, you will have a far better grasp of credit cards, how to manage your bank account, why it's vital to spend money on things you love, and how to invest wisely in the process.

Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrup

There are numerous excellent books on the market, and those with practical guidance are particularly useful. However, I believe you must identify the issue's source before resolving your financial difficulties, and your relationship with money is the source. Kate Northrup's "Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want" is a fantastic place to start.

This book is excellent since the author does not pass judgment, and she personally repaid thousands in debt. Usually, practical books leave you feeling as though you can't reach there from here, but this book leaves you feeling as though the author knows you. She can help you out of your financial issue with immediately implementable remedies.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins

I greatly like Tony Robbins's passion and ambition to make the world better and happier. But even if you aren't familiar with him or haven't heard of him, the book's cover is worth a look. John C. Bogle, the creator of Vanguard, endorses it! It must be excellent!

Tony Robbins is a motivational speaker, not a financial specialist, but after the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, he set out to determine what went wrong. He conducted in-depth interviews with more than 50 of the world's greatest financial gurus and wrote the book MONEY: Master the Game on what it takes to attain true financial independence. This book was a rich and intriguing read, but it was about 700 pages long and not something the ordinary young adult would want to read.

Unshakeable is the sequel to Robbins's first book about financial freedom. This book is a reduced, more manageable version of the original that focuses on getting millennials and young people started on the correct road.

This book teaches its readers how to create financial objectives, invest properly, and spot excessively high fees in their investment accounts and 401(k)s. In addition, they will hear the best investing advice from all of the professionals Robbins interviewed for MONEY Master the Game, including John C. Bogle.

Broke Millenial by Erin Lowry

Teens and young adults will find Broke Millenial to be a great introduction to personal finance.

It discusses the mindset and mental blockages, goals to reach specific ages, the fundamentals of investing, retirement planning, and the finance of a first home, among numerous other financial topics.

Erin Lowry is adept at establishing rapport with her audience through the use of relevant and clear language.

This is a must-read if you're seeking a book that covers the fundamentals of personal finance. It is not tedious and is extremely entertaining to read.

Get a Financial Life by Beth Kobliner

The book contains a wealth of practical, basic financial knowledge that is easy to read and comprehend.

This book will teach you the fundamentals of financial planning, from money markets to CDs and IRAs. When you're done with the book, you will be proficient in the language of the financial business.

This book will serve as finance if you have issues about finances in the future, as it is really useful. It is a really helpful read, written so that anyone can understand it, and it will help you develop the urge to start saving money and taking care of your finances. If you do not care for your finances, your finances will not care for you.

Do not worry if you find a few topics difficult to grasp. Normal; on to the next book and continue reading.

Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey's entire money makeover creates the foundation for healthy financial living. The book draws parallels between budgeting and weight loss. Similar to how we know that in order to reduce weight, we must consume fewer calories than we can burn, so it is with conserving money. We must generate more income than expenditures. The book notes that while these things are basic, they are not straightforward to accomplish. In addition, it illustrates how we conflate necessities with wants and how we postpone tackling our financial issues until they become serious.

Frequently, our actions are influenced by others, and we act so as not to miss out on the latest trends. Even while it may seem enjoyable, it negatively affects our financial situation. In his book, Ramsey urges readers to educate themselves on personal finance in order to get greater financial control.

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko

Before creating this wonderful book on how to become a millionaire, Thomas Stanley and William Danko spent two decades analyzing the habits, careers, and spending preferences of millionaires.

This book's basic and commonsense advice will benefit new money managers and those wishing to learn more about their finances. Additionally, the fascinating and enlightening facts about the millionaires researched by Stanley and Danko are entertaining.

This book will teach its readers the seven easy guidelines they must follow to accumulate riches and become millionaires. They will also discover that society's conception of a millionaire is wildly inaccurate. Millionaires do not wear $1,000 outfits but drive Toyotas!

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a personal finance celebrity renowned for his Seven Baby Steps. Total Money Makeover guides you through these 7 phases, providing a no-nonsense method to reduce spending, escape debt, and accumulate wealth.

This book started me on the path to financial independence, so I have a soft spot for it despite not agreeing with or following all of Ramsey's principles.

However, if you are battling with credit card debt, this is the book you must read for a step-by-step strategy for resolving your financial troubles.

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains

This book lives up to its title, resulting in a thorough, entertaining, and essential reference work on cryptocurrencies. Antony Lewis, a former IT specialist at Credit Suisse in Singapore and London, has never looked back since joining the Bitcoin exchange firm iBit.

His nine-chapter book begins with a definition of money, followed by definitions of digital money, cryptography, cryptocurrencies, digital tokens, and blockchains. Images, graphs, tables, pie charts, and infographics are used to highlight key themes. For instance, he advises that Bitcoin be referred to as an "electronic asset" because "the word currency sometimes distracts people who are attempting to comprehend Bitcoin. They become entangled in attempting to comprehend characteristics of conventional currencies that do not apply to Bitcoin, such as what backs it (nothing) and who determines its interest rates (no one).

The senior editor in charge of blockchain and cryptocurrencies at Investopedia, Vinamrata Chaturvedi, says this about the book: "There are numerous issues we have while considering blockchain. This book addresses them all. It describes how blockchain technology functions and discusses why cryptocurrencies are the future of money."

Lewis freely acknowledges that he "loves the industry" of crypto assets, Bitcoins, and blockchains, but he also warns investors of the very real risks they face. In a section entitled "Scams," he describes Ponzi schemes, exit and false scams, Pump & Dumps, fraudulent initial coin offers (ICOs), spoof ICOs, fraudulent mining schemes, and fraudulent (digital) wallets. He writes, "People have gained and lost millions of trading cryptocurrencies and investing in ICOs, but there are several risks." Be cautious and conduct extensive research before investing your money if you choose to participate.

Investing For Dummies by Eric Tyson

'Investing for Dummies' is the last book on this list of the greatest finance books for beginners. This is the perfect book for novices who wish to master the fundamentals of investing.

This book contains general advice and information on specific words such as stocks, bonds, and options. In addition, it describes the optimal investments based on your age or life stage.

You will discover how to choose investments wisely, generate wealth through stocks, comprehend tax rules, and a great deal more.

If you're searching for a beginner-friendly or "dummies"-friendly comprehensive book on investing, you should check out this one.


From budgeting and saving to investing and retirement planning, these books provide invaluable guidance on all financial matters. They can assist us in gaining a deeper understanding of our finances and making more educated financial decisions. The finest finance books share a few characteristics for beginners. First, they are clearly and concisely worded, and they eliminate financial jargon and provide straightforward explanations of concepts. Second, they provide actionable recommendations that may be implemented immediately. In addition, they adhere to basic financial principles.

Reading a book is the ideal approach to getting started with personal finance. There are a plethora of excellent resources available for anyone seeking practical guidance on how to improve their financial habits and live more comfortably in the future. These books will hopefully assist you in making better financial decisions and achieving your financial objectives.