I was recently asked for my top 10 consumer personal finance books by a national publication and I thought I should share it with you. If you are not looking for a good personal finance book for yourself or a loved one as a gift please skip this post and thank you for visiting.

DISCLOSURE: Every book link below is a TBB Amazon affiliate link so I get paid some $$ cents if you buy it after you click on it. If you do buy one or two or all ten, THANK YOU, I sure appreciate it. I reserve the right to repeat this post come Christmas time because imho good books make the best gifts! And you better be paying off ALL your credit card balances in full every month otherwise everyone here at TBB will be really sad for you.



1. “The Little Book of Common Sense Investing” by John C. Bogle

2. “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” by Burton G. Malkiel

3. “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley

4. “The Wealthy Barber” by David Chilton

5. “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason

6. “Irrational Exuberance” by Robert J. Shiller

7. “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis

8. “A Short History of Financial Euphoria” by John Kenneth Galbraith

9. “Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk” by Peter L. Bernstein

10.”One Up on Wall Street” by Peter Lynch


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39 comments on “My Top 10 Personal Finance Books

  1. You can do anything here…

    End of quarter, need to focus on real work guys.

    I am ignoring the Blogs to Ignore…just not enough time to deal with the same old crappy excuses to sell more credit cards. Watch out for the First Friday CSP posts :-)

    Now that Greece is out of the World Cup we have one team to cheer for:

    I believe that we will win!

  2. George-

    Was it a friend who recently asked you about finance books? See having it be a friend is a big plus-it implies you would not have listed these links on your own, and it also suggests that we are all your friends.

    Better up your game, son, or Amazon will re-think that link.

    Welcom back.

    • No friends involved even though I realize it sounds better when you sell :-)

      I was asked by that other tabloid like journal about these and I just sent the list over to them so then….I had this brilliant idea to….cut and paste and voila!

      Actually it took me a few hours to learn how to insert those links, not as intuitive as I originally thought or I am just slow lol.

      Been out of power since 2 am, currently surfing out of local coffee shops and going to Buffalo Wings for the soccer games….will be tough to do a Buzz post tomorrow!

  3. I’m sitting in AF lounge at CDG right now after 4 night stay at Park Hyatt Vendome. It is a very nice hotel but way over hyped by our favorite bloggers.

  4. If only stay at Hyatts the Vendome is awesome ;)

    Yep, George, you have to throw in a reader question or add that your clients read those books to earn their millions!

    • Shoot….I wanted to add something like “Reading these books will make you a millionaire…I guarantee it” or something like that…

      Should be an epic battle against the French, can’t wait. I am still shocked the Algerians played so well!

  5. Great post, thank you. I wanted to hear from you why these didn’t make the list.

    I am kind of surprised that these two didn’t make the cut:
    The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
    The Margin of Safety by Seth A. Klarman

    • I had to cut many from the list….just like “travel” bloggers cut so many credit cards that do not pay them lol.

      Graham’s book is of course awesome but may be too technical imho.
      Seth’s book is also great but did not make the cut…as did other worthy ones.

      To the reader who bought a humidifier using my Amazon link I am going to Buffalo Wings to watch the soccer games and will have a drink or two for you, thank you!

    • Do it for your loved ones. Get them these books for Christmas, they will be smarter guaranteed.

      They are not Certified over there at Saverocity so don’t believe what they write about personal finance lol.

  6. You left off “The Ramsey Affect” by C. Ramsey…………What is the Ramsey affect you ask, it is a sure fire, 100% proven accurate method for buying stocks! How does “The Ramsey Affect” work, you ask. Simple, whatever stock I sell, no matter how long I have suffered with it…whenever I sell it, you should buy it! It’s gonna go straight up immediately. Can you I tell you what stock The Ramsey Effect indicates is a buy, yea sure. I just sold GE this week after having this dog in my margin account since 1983. Buy Buy Buy…………………..The Wealthy Barber, good way to introduce kids and novices (broads) to the financial world.

  7. How about compiling a favorites list from
    The PBS archives including the 4 part series “ascent of money”?
    (For us who watch better than read)?



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