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Writing as Business (Part 3)

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STATUS: I finished up to client full manuscripts this week. I’m finally catching up.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? ICE CREAM by Sarah McLachlan

As promised, here are some of the books that I’ve read over the years. Please note that this isn’t an endorsement of any book. Read at your own risk. Big grin here. I’m simply highlighting some of the books I have read.

This is by no means a complete list. Just what I can remember off the top of my head.

Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money by Paul Merriman (probably the best book I’ve read….so far)

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

The New York Times Complete Guide to Personal Investing by Gary Klott

The Motley Fool Investment Guide by David Gardner and Tom Gardner (I actually read a much earlier edition of this book but it’s no longer in print)

Rich Dad Poor Dad By Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter (not really an investing or money management book but an interesting read).

I also have a subscription to Better Investing Magazine. Good, solid articles that are practical. (Note: I belong to an Investment Club, have so for 4 years, and we follow Better investing guidelines)

I also read Smart Money magazine for a while and Kiplinger’s.

And I bet there are a ton other good reads out there that I wouldn’t mind picking up so feel free to add some recommendations in the comments section.

16 Responses

  1. DMBeucler said:

    For general philosophy, thinking outside the box and general good having a business reading I recommend an older book called Growing a business by Paul Hawken. It was very useful to me when I started a small business in college.

  2. gaelikaa said:

    No one can live without money. So why do I find finance so dry and – yes – boring! I love the clever name of your blog, but why have you referred to ‘Irish’ pubs particularly? Pubs are everywhere. The great British pub is an institution! I’m sorry to be so curious, but I’m Irish, you see!

  3. M. Dunham said:

    *rubs hands* I have several recommendations:

    1) Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Lapin
    2) I second The Millionaire Next Door that’s in your list.
    3) The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley.
    4) The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey (for people who want to live without using credit… lots of interesting facts, fabulous budgeting tools)
    5) The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

  4. Cynthia Reese said:

    Hear, hear! Honestly, The Millionaire Next Door changed my whole mindset about who’s rich and who’s merely LOOKING rich. Another good book: The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach … it’s my default gift to graduating seniors.

  5. Julie said:

    What about Your Money or Your Life? It can be a little preachy, but its point about how money reflects values was really compelling to me.

  6. Anonymous said:

    Anyone reading what’s already on your list should also check out Business Week. They usually devote part of each issue to personal finance. Recently they’ve run some very timely articles.

  7. Sarah Skilton said:

    “Get A Financial Life” by Beth Kobliner is terrific and easy to follow. It’s the only book I’ve read that actually explained the difference between regular IRAs and Roth IRAs in a way I could understand, and it’s filled with practical advice.

  8. Shellee Cruz said:

    Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin – loved the philosophy from a financial, personal fulfillment and environmental standpoint. Sigh…if only I had more willpower to live my life less ordinary.

  9. Anonymous said:

    I don’t know if you’re into stock trading as opposed to investing, but if you are then you should check out How to Make Money in Stocks, by William O’Neil. He’s the founder of and extremely knowledgeable when it comes to stock picking.

  10. Michelle said:

    I love anything written by Suze Ormand. I’ve had long talks with my single girlfriends about what was your first Suze book, what made it great, how did it change your life, etc. I love how she addresses the emotional side of money and connects it to very sound money advice. My first Suze book really helped me change my life financially and gave me the tools to pay off my credit card debt and student loans and get to the point where I could buy a condo AND increase my retirement savings. Really. Suze Ormand. You can’t go wrong!

  11. Coral Press said:

    Great list. The Motley Fool’s site,, is also great.

    Unrelated: have you ever used imeem? I would love to be able to click “play” on your current iPod songs to have some accompaniment to the posts!

  12. Refugio Jones said:

    I read all three segments about Writing as a Business. I’m so grateful that you posted this. The insights about paying taxes, getting an accountant, and establishing an LLP were more than useful. Thank you!