Ready to get your read on?
I’ve been a big reader since childhood but as I’ve gotten older it has become easy to make excuses about not reading. I’m too tired, I’m too busy, the kids are too demanding. The reality is that we make time for things that are important to us and reading is critical to our financial success.
Fun Fact. Self made millionaires are avid readers.
Specifically 85% of millionaires read at least 2 books per month. The books that they read are about leadership, career development, and the lives of other successful or prominent people in history. If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading 2 books per month, start by committing to reading for 30 minutes each day and gradually increase from there.
How does the book club work?
Periodically throughout the year we will select a personal development or money-related book to read. I will post a suggested reading schedule and will send out highlights and discussion questions via email. We will meet virtually online every couple of weeks to discuss the book, exchange ideas, and dive deeper into the book content.
Sign up below and you will be notified when the book club is back in session. Until then, happy reading!
FCL Book Club
The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing is a DIY handbook that espouses the sage investment wisdom of John C. Bogle. This witty and wonderful book offers contrarian advice that provides the first step on the road to investment success, illustrating how relying on typical “common sense” promoted by Wall Street is destined to leave you poorer. This updated edition includes new information on backdoor Roth IRAs and ETFs as mainstream buy and hold investments, estate taxes and gifting, plus changes to the laws regarding Traditional and Roth IRAs, and 401k and 403b retirement plans. With warnings and principles both precisely accurate and grandly counterintuitive, the Boglehead authors show how beating the market is a zero-sum game.
Recommended Reading Schedule:
Sunday July 8th- Saturday July 14: Chapters 1-3
Sunday July 15-Saturday July 21: Chapters 4-6
Sunday July 22-Saturday July 28: Chapters 7-9
Sunday July 29-Saturday August 4: Chapters 10-12
Sunday August 5-Saturday August 11: Chapter 13-16
Sunday August 12-Saturday August 18: Chapters 17-23
In Love Your Life Not Theirs, Rachel Cruze shines a spotlight on the most damaging money habit we have: comparing ourselves to others. Then she unpacks seven essential money habits for living the life we really want–a life in line with our values, where we can afford the things we want to buy without being buried under debt, stress, and worry.
If you’re looking for practical information to answer all your “How?” “What?” and “Why?” questions about money, this book is for you. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money covers the A to Z of Dave’s money teaching, including how to budget, save, dump debt, and invest. You’ll also learn all about insurance, mortgage options, marketing, bargain hunting and the most important element of all―giving.
This is the handbook of Financial Peace University. If you’ve already been through Dave’s nine-week class, you won’t find much new information in this book. This book collects a lot of what he’s been teaching in FPU classes for 20 years, so if you’ve been through class, you’ve already heard it! It also covers the Baby Steps Dave wrote about in The Total Money Makeover, and trust us―the Baby Steps haven’t changed a bit.
Mind Over Money by Brad Klontz & Ted Klontz
Do you overspend? Undersave? Keep secrets about money from a spouse or family member? Are you anxious about dealing with your finances? If so, you are not alone. Let’s face it–just about all of have complicated, if not downright dysfunctional, relationships with money.
As Drs. Brad and Ted Klontz, a father and son team of pioneers in the emerging field of financial psychology explain, our disordered relationships with money aren’t our fault. They don’t stem from a lack of knowledge or a failure of will. Instead, they are a product of subconscious beliefs and thought patterns, rooted in our childhoods, that are so deeply ingrained in us, they shape the way we deal with money our entire adult lives. But we are not powerless. By looking deep into ourselves and our pasts, we can learn to recognize these negative and self-defeating patterns of thinking, and replace them with better, healthier ones.
All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren & Amelia Warren Tyagi
You work hard and try to save money, so why is there never enough to cover all the bills, to put some away in your child’s college fund, to pay off your credit card debt—or to relax and have some fun, for once? In the New York Times bestseller All Your Worth, mother/daughter team Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi—authors of the acclaimed The Two-Income Trap—tell you the truth about money. The authors lay out a groundbreaking approach to getting control of your money so you can finally start building the life you’ve always wanted. The result of more than twenty years of intensive research, All Your Worth offers you a step-by-step plan that will let you master your finances—for the rest of your life.
Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan
When you hear the word retirement, you probably don’t imagine yourself scrambling to pay your bills in your golden years. But for too many Americans, that’s the fate that awaits unless they take steps now to plan for the future.
Whether you’re twenty five and starting your first job or fifty five and watching the career clock start to wind down, today is the day to get serious about your retirement.
In Retire Inspired, Chris Hogan teaches that retirement isn’t an age; it’s a financial number an amount you need to live the life in retirement that you’ve always dreamed of. With clear investing concepts and strategies, Chris will educate and empower you to make your own investing decisions, set reasonable expectations for your spouse and family, and build a dream team of experts to get you there.
You don’t have to retire broke, stressed, and working long after you want to. You can retire inspired!
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