The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Productivity Book Review Edition

Yesterday, with that review of The 80/20 Principle, I reviewed my 25th book in the productivity book review series, which I’ll summarize later today. I may slow down the series in the near future, mostly because I can only think of several more books I’d like to review in the series. If you know of any books you’d like to see, please suggest them. Another option: I may expand the series a bit to include a few other subgenres, like a Christian-themed book or two on personal development (The Purpose Driven Life or Your Best Life Now), more psychology-oriented books (Blink or Stumbling on Happiness or Fooled by Randomness), or business oriented books (Winning or Built to Last). Or I could just slow down the series. What sounds good to you? Let me know.

On Excess This is a great story, well worth reading. The spending of some people on big events makes me wonder what the justification is. (@ an english major’s money)

Mandatory Meal Planning (Damn You, Freezer) So what happens when your fridge goes KA-PUT!? You need to start eating the food quickly. Here are some tips for getting that done, along with a nice little tale. (@ make love, not debt)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Simple Dollar Convinces Someone To Quit Their Job The stuff I write about convinced at least one person to make a major life change. Here’s the story.

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  1. Chris H. says:

    I recommend the Time Trap by Alec Mackenzie. Of the other options that you present I’d like to see the psychology-oriented and business, in that order.

  2. Ryan says:

    I would probably skip any christian themed reviews – however, if you did a series of reviews on religion/money that included 1 christian, 1 buddhist, 1 islamic, etc… and outlined their similarities/differences – that would make the christian themed one more interesting. Otherwise, I would leave the religious content to religious blogs and stick with the personal finance, as it is the heart of the site.

  3. Seth Miller says:

    Can you freeze the pizza dough? every time I make pizza we end up with way too much for just the two of us.

  4. guinness416 says:

    Really excellent suggestion Ryan. I’ll repeat what I’ve commented ad nauseum on other blogs, but any posts I’ve seen about religion and money aren’t about religion and money, they’re about an American brand of Protestantism and money. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but Ryan’s version would be both more accessible to non-Protestants like me, more unique and more interesting. And if books aren’t available, how about guest comments or quotes from people who could contribute.

  5. Stephan F- says:

    “Who Moved My Cheese” would be nice. If you need to slow down it is fine. This is your blog not ours.

  6. Amanda D says:

    I’d love to see an expanded review of books not directly related to PF, but about life in general. I think if your faith plays a role in how you view money, then feel free write about it. The way I view money is rooted in my religious beliefs and I think it’s a great way to tie them together.

  7. Rob says:

    I’d prefer a book without a religious theme.

  8. crazypumpkin says:

    I would be so put off by a christian theme that I’d probably stop reading your site in it’s entirety. If you are interested to look at religion and finance, I too would suggest a wider theme of different religions and how they handle money and how those principles could be applied for those of us who are NOT religious.

  9. nina says:

    Avoid the Christian themed books please. Love your site as it is!

  10. mamacita says:

    Another vote against Christian-themed anything and everything. This from a Christian who is just sick of hearing about it.

  11. taiga says:

    I would actually be interested in reading your thoughts on Christianity and personal finance. I’ve been reading your blog long enough (a few months now) to know that you wouldn’t phrase things in a dogmatic or pedantic way. Even though I’m not a religious person, I’m interested to see how religion can influence a person’s financial decisions.

    Maybe you could recruit guest-posters of different faiths to write about how their religion impacts their use of money. It might be a tricky thing to present an accurate picture of how people of other faiths (not your own) handle money in general.

  12. Kat says:

    I like the suggestions to look at religion and money from multiple viewpoints. I saw an article the other day about Buddhism spreading in the Mid-West. It would be nice to see how they view money, along with Muslims, Jews and Latter Day Saints.

  13. Dave M says:

    I’m an atheist, and I think that organized religion is a big waste of time and resources. But you know what I’d do if Trent posted a Christian-themed article about personal finance? I’d wait about an hour for him to post another article, then I’d read it, and the next one, and so on. This site will never become “The Comparative-Religions-for-Personal-Finance Dollar” so I’ll keep reading until I’m independently wealthy and not threaten otherwise.

    For book reviews, I would like to see more in-depth reviews of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Tipping Point, beyond the “Why Malcolm Gladwell Wants You to Be Poor” article. On the life/career planning side, how about Po Bronson’s What Should I Do With My Life?

    And yes, you can freeze pizza dough just fine.

  14. Frances says:

    I skip over almost all of the book review posts because they’re too time-requiring. But I would love to read more responses to the questions/stories that diverse readers send you – those are usually very interesting and pretty quick reads.

  15. !wanda says:

    I’m an atheist, but I would read a Christian-themed review out of a sense of morbid curiosity. (I used to read Chick tracts in college for the same reason- that guy is crazy, but it seems like there are lots of people who subscribe to similar beliefs, and right now a lot of them are in positions of power.)

  16. yipyip says:

    Another vote for the “comparative religions” idea. I’m sure it would be a fair bit of work to line up other posters/what have you, but the result could be fascinating…

    Keep up the good work!

  17. fubek says:

    No religion, please. Thanks.

  18. rob says:

    I’d like to see the christian/religious ones.

    For all the people saying no – 1 post a week out of 30 (Or however many Tent does) IS that really so bad? I skip more of his posts than that in Google Reader anyway!

  19. Barry says:

    I would welcome a Christian themed review…

  20. cv says:

    I don’t know if this would screw things up for those who read the site via RSS feeds, but have you ever considered using jumps or cuts so that you get a few lines of a post on the main page, then have to click to see the rest? I find that the book reviews are so long that they make scrolling through the posts kind of difficult if I’m reading more than one or two posts at a time. I often scan the posts for the day to see which interest me most, scroll to read the ones that catch my eye, scroll back to read comments, etc., and the really long posts can make it harder to find what I’m looking for.

  21. Rob in Madrid says:

    CV google reader will solve the issue for you. You see only the titles.

    Trent just a warning, before posting anything that has to do with religion read the comments on getrichslowly’s one “religious post” first. It was a guest post and it still got loads of poison posts. Personally wouldn’t do it unless it was a guest post somewhere like mindthegap (which is a christian themed blog of which the url I don’t have anymore)

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