Book Reviews

There are hundreds of books on personal finance and real estate. Here are my book reviews on some of the ones that are worth reading.

This section will just grow as I have time to add to it.   

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Categories of Books

Personal Finance

The Automatic Millionaire

  • Category: Personal finance
  • Author: David Bach

Read this book for simple wealth building concepts like:

  • Everyone has room in their budget to start saving by cutting out the “Latte Factor” (extraneous daily expenses)
  • “Pay yourself first” by always saving at least 10% of your paycheck
  • Automate the process by auto-investing

This is a great gift for anyone who feels they are living paycheck to paycheck and can’t imagine how they can start building wealth.  It speaks to these concepts at a very basic level, and that’s its beauty.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

  • Category: Personal finance/Real Estate
  • Author: Robert Kiyosaki

This famous book follows the story of young Robert Kiyosaki growing up in Hawaii. It talks about Kiyosaki’s biological dad, an employed worker bee, and contrasts him with Kiyosaki’s adopted dad, an entrepreneur.

Despite the simple concept and contrived scenarios, it’s remarkably effective in showing the allure of working for yourself. It’s literally the most recommended book on the Biggerpockets Podcast for both business owners and real estate investors alike.

The Richest Man in Babylon

  • Category: Personal finance
  • Author: George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon was first published in 1926, but is a book that I feel should be required reading today.  It uses the method of parables to teach the basic and timeless message of financial planning, like setting aside money for investments, controlling your expenditures, and investing in yourself.

The Simple Path to Wealth

  • Category:  Personal Finance
  • Author:  JL Collins
  • Published:  2016

The Simple Path to Wealth is probably the top book I’d recommend if you are interested in long term investing success. His accessible, well reasoned investing philosophy provides a clear path to success for every investor.  

Go to the full review.

Real Estate Investing

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing

  • Category: Real estate investing
  • Author: Ken McElroy

One of the most commonly recommended books on real estate investing, this book is a must read for hopeful investors. This book covers it all, including how to:

– Achieve wealth and cash flow through real estate
– Find property with real potential
– Show you how to unlock the myths that are holding you back
– Negotiating the deal based on the numbers
– Evaluate property and purchase price
– Increase your income through proven property management tools

Retire on Real Estate

  • Category: Real estate investing
  • Sub-category:  Personal finance and investor mindset
  • Author: K. Kai Anderson

The premise of this book is simple:  Secure the retirement of your dreams by securing cash flowing rental real estate. This is the perfect book for someone just starting to consider “alternative” investment into real estate.  Anderson aptly pokes holes into the strategy of relying solely on your 401(k) in retirement, and presents rental real estate as an appealing way to supplement your retirement.

Go to the full book review.

Mindset / Motivation

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