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I read… a lot. I’m usually a non-fiction kind of guy because I enjoy learning (I’m an odd-bird!). However, I do slip in some fiction every now and again just to change things up. With a five-year old daughter, I don’t get as much reading done as I would like, but I cram in the reading whenever I can.
I also think that the Kindle E-reader is one of the greatest products on the planet. I have a ton of books on there, it’s not a strain on the eyes (much different from the screens on phones, tablets, etc.), it’s extremely lightweight, and it also has a back-light for night-time reading.
Maybe most important to me though, there are tons of free books out there that you can put on it. I get most of my books through my local library website – I just check the books out on there and it passes me over to Amazon which adds them “automagically” to my Kindle (look ma, no wires!).
Ok, sorry about the rant, but I love that thing… if you don’t own a Kindle E-reader, get one.
Now, let’s talk books and what we’ve been reading!
To this day, I still think that Robert Kiyosaki’s books are fantastic reading. I’ve mentioned before that Kiyosaki has been an inspiration to me to get out of the rat race. The first of the books I read was…
Rich Dad’s Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki
and it was a real eye-opener for me. This was not Kiyosaki’s first book, but it really helped me understand that there is more to life than the “Time to Make the Donuts” life.
Although I read this probably shortly after it came out (in 2002), Kiyosaki also discusses his predictions about how the year 2016 could be the start of a big crisis – guess we’ll find out soon if he was right on this one. His disclaimer is that, even if he’s wrong, you should be doing what you can to set yourself up for financial success.
Since then, I’ve read all of his books (some a couple of times) – including his masterpiece which was first published back in 2000…
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
He discusses how to increase your financial well-being through wealth through smarter avenues such as real estate investing and starting and owning businesses.
Some contend that Kiyosaki doesn’t give step-by-step instructions on how to get rich, but to me, that isn’t the point of his books. To me, the real value of his books is that general ideas are presented, along with the motivation, to be able to get out of the day-to-day grind. And those books have been the catalyst for my own path to financial freedom.
I’ve probably read hundreds of financial and business books since then. I had taken a little hiatus to read some fiction books though and now was ready to get back to some good old nonfiction reading. I recently found a couple new books to borrow through the library on my Kindle.
The first one I just finished – it was new to me, but after looking it up online afterward, it appears to be pretty well-known to a lot of people…
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Here are my thoughts on this one… it was definitely an interesting read and a lot different from anything I had ever read before. Whereas, Robert Kiyosaki gets criticized for not providing specific steps, Tim Ferris tells you exactly what to do.
Unfortunately, these steps didn’t really seem up my alley and are presented in a “just do it this way and it works” manner. Although the path worked for him and for some of his readers, it just didn’t click with me. It seemed to be a rather out-there way of doing things.
Some motivational books really hit home for me and I love ’em. Others, maybe most, tend to turn me off completely and I just think they’re garbage. This one seemed to fall somewhere in the middle for me.
I enjoyed the book, but mostly because it was different. However, if you got more out of this book than I did (as I guess a lot of people do), please comment below to give me some feedback.
The second book I got from the library that I just started reading is called
Saving Capitalism For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich
I’m only about 25% through it, but wow! This book is fascinating and, so far, has made for some really good reading.
It’s not a how-to-get-rich book or anything like that. It’s a book about how capitalism made America strong, but over time, is starting to break-down and fail.
Although I’m not done reading the book yet, Reich seems to be extremely well-spoken and an excellent writer. The topics in this book could easily be some dry reading, but that hasn’t been the case thus far. I’m really excited to continue reading this and will probably knock it out pretty quickly.
Next up on my list to read is a PDF book from Financial Samurai called
How to Engineer your Layoff by Sam Dogen
Sam Dogen has a large following in the financial freedom blogosphere under his alias of Financial Samurai. This eBook is roughly 150 pages and is designed to help you negotiate a large severance when leaving your career.
I’ve been eyeing this up for probably over a year now, but the $85 price tag has kept me from jumping all over it… until this past week. With the good reviews from others in the early retirement realm, I decided it was time to give it a shot. I’ll let you know more once I read it.
These are just a few books I thought I would throw out there – I would love to hear what you’re reading now or some great financial books that you’ve previously read!
Thanks for reading!!