Updated on 01.22.15

52 Personal Finance Books in 52 Weeks

Trent Hamm

I’m constantly astounded by the huge number of personal finance books that are out there, and it seems like every week I discover a new one or two. How on earth does a person dig through this huge pile of books, many of which offer variations on the same old advice, to find the real gems?

To address this, I’m starting a project: 52 Books in 52 Weeks. For the entire next year, I will read one book related to personal finance a week and review it in depth, spreading the review throughout the week. This will enable all of the readers of The Simple Dollar to get a nice, deep look at each reviewed title. At the end, I’ll hand out some awards from the series, as well as make some specific recommendations.

Why start this in early November? The biggest reason is that so many useful year-long series complete themselves just after Christmas, meaning that the reader has no time to use the set of reviews for gift-giving purposes. By starting the series in early November of this year, I’ll be able to conclude the series in early November of next year, meaning that if you want to give personal finance books as gifts to family, friends, employees, or business acquaintances, The Simple Dollar will be able to provide you with an extremely detailed gift-giving guide.

Each Monday, I’ll start off with a general overview of the book of the week, pointing at what others have said about it and my initial reactions to it. Tuesday through Thursday, I’ll dissect the book in detail, breaking it down into three roughly equal pieces, in order to give you a good feel for the materials within. Then, each Friday, I’ll tie it up with my personal thoughts on the book.

So let’s get started! Below is a link to the first entry for each book in the series; each Monday, I’ll add a link to the newest book in the series here, so you might want to bookmark this entry.

1. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
2. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom by Suze Orman
3. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
4. Make Your Kid A Millionaire by Kevin McKinley
5. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
6. Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
7. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
8. Rule #1 by Phil Town
9. Smart Couples Finish Rich by David Bach
10. The Number by Lee Eisenberg
11. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
12. Real Money by Jim Cramer
13. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
14. Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz
15. Mad Money by Jim Cramer
16. The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, and Broke by Suze Orman
17. America’s Cheapest Family by Steve and Annette Economides
18. What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
19. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing by Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Michael LeBoeuf, and John C. Bogle
20. The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias
21. Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life! by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth
22. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
23. A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton J. Malkiel
24. Making the Most of Your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn
25. Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey
26. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle
27. All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi
28. The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley
29. The Random Walk Guide to Investing by Burton G. Malkiel
30. The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
31. Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine
32. Automatic Wealth for Grads by Michael Masterson
33. Pay It Down by Jean Chatzky
34. Two For The Money by Jonathan and David Murray
35. It Pays to Talk by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Charles Schwab
36. Wealth by Stuart E. Lucas
37. The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt
38. The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn
39. The Overspent American by Juliet Schor
40. The Wall Street Journal Complete Personal Finance Guidebook by Jeff Opdyke
41. Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach
42. More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey
43. The Little Book of Value Investing by Christopher Browne
44. Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes by Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich
45. The Lazy Person’s Guide to Investing by Paul Farrell
46. The Courage to Be Rich by Suze Orman
47. The First National Bank of Dad by David Owen
48. The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein
50. The Little Book That Makes You Rich by Louis Navallier
51. Mind Over Money by Eric Tyson
52. How to Invest $50-$5,000 by Nancy Dunnan
53. Born to Buy by Juliet Schor

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  1. Wow that’s outstanding. It’s probably approximately 50 more books than I’ve read in the last 10 years.

    I will be looking forward to it each week.

  2. Finance Buff says:

    A book a week. That’s very aggressive. I have a big plan for book reviews too, but I will do very well if I can do one book per month. Perhaps we can compare notes. So far I’ve done two books: The Only Investment Guide You Will Need by Andrew Tobias and The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach.

  3. Phil says:

    I am sure you get a million suggestions on books to put in your list, but a MUST READ is:

    The Four Laws of Debt Free Prosperity by Blaine Harris and Charles Coonradt. This was the “life changer” book that started my wife and I on the prosperous path we now enjoy. We live quite nicely and one income and she goes to college. I highly recommend you check this book out. It can be found on Amazon.com.

    Thanks for your great blog.

  4. Chris says:

    It is great that you are doing this. I have read quite a few financial books myself, but I don’t have time to read all of them. I try to read reviews on Amazon, but that is much more time consuming and hard to find the best ones. I hope you have a chance to read Mutual Fund Wealth Builder and Buckets of Money. Both of those are good books. Rich Dad, Poor Dad of course is a classic. Again, good luck reading and I can’t wait to see the rest of your reviews.

  5. Lindsey says:

    “My Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey is a great book. I am a visual learner- His website has helped my husband and I establish our future financially. I would recommend this to anyone!!

  6. Chris says:

    When I look at this URL, I can’t see any books between 16 and 21. Is there something wrong? Anyone else having this problem?

  7. Gopal says:

    Very elaborate and interesting compilation of Personal Finance books! Thanks … I would also include Napoleon Hills’ “Think and Grow Rich”, it’s an all-time classic and evergreen book.

  8. Lyman says:

    Awesome idea – awesome site.

    My TOP FIVE Money books of all time, in the order that they are supposed to be read. . .

    1. Richest Man in Babylon (you got it)
    2. Die Broke
    3. Your Money or your Life (you got it)
    4. Millionaire Next Door (you got it)

    and for #5, the best “how to and what is” book that I have found. . . “The truth about Money” (Ric Edielmann, 3rd edition).. . .although, Ramsey’s “money makeover” is running close.

    I also like hte “the Millionair Mind” by Stanley – a lot of no conventional wisdom.

    If you need some help with reviews or additional books, email me – I’ve spent 10 years doing this informally and would love to help motivate. . .

  9. Jessica says:

    What about “Debt Proof Living” (DPL) and “Live Your Life for Half the Price” (LYL) by Mary Hunt? Those two are my favorites!

    DPL shows you the 10/10/80 formula (give 10%, save 10% and live on 80%) and how to use it to pay down debt and save for emergencies and non monthly expenses on your ordinary income.

    LYL is a basic “how to” guide that suggests ways to actually live well on 80% of your income.

    More info is at debtproofliving.com and you can also find her newsletter and books at your local library!

  10. VIVIENNE says:

    Hi I have been studying Sharia Law for Islamic interest free finance. I am wanting specific info on their how they get loans and how they go about getting around the interest fees with Australian Banking systems with a compliant leding system and based on the Qur’an and Hadith.

    Thankyou! This is happening the NAB are introducing that Muslims get interest free loans. to comply with Sharia law. and the funds will be distributed through various community finance schemes around the country so that is a possitive.

  11. Ch ip says:

    Wait – what happened to the other 26 books? I mean, the 26 provided is enough for sure, but I’d like to keep the full list on hand so I know what to pick up next. Is there a full list?

  12. parmarjeet.livejournal says:

    Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world the whole thing is
    presented on web?

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