Personal Profitability Bookshelf

Pardon my dust – I am creating this new page based on years of reading. Some placeholders and shoddy descriptions ahead.

To be amazing at managing my own personal finances, and help you along the way, I read lots of personal finance news and books. I also like reading in general and like to read a wide variety of books to keep myself and my knowledge of the world well rounded. Here is my own Personal Profitability reading list, and some other fun books I recommend and have read myself.

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The Automatic Millionaire – David Bach – Buy it on Amazon

The last book I read before I started this blog in 2008 was The Automatic Millionaire. I still draw on the lessons from this personal finance classic as I plan for my own millionaire future. Highly recommended at all ages and stages of personal finance development.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich – Ramit Sethi – Buy it on Amazon

The Automatic Millionaire for a new generation, Ramit’s book became an instant staple for Millennials and Generation Xers looking for a fresh view on paying off massive student debt, investing for the future, saving for weddings and new cars, and deciding whether homeownership is right for you.

Get Money – Kristen Wong – Buy it on Amazon

Kristen Wong’s debut is a guide for young adults to tackle the most common and frustrating financial problems and questions. From paying off student loans to growing your investments, even seasoned personal finance pros have something to learn from this great read.

Wealth By Virtue – Chad Gordon – Buy it on Amazon

Wealth By Virtue isn’t any old personal finance book. It has all of the power of a textbook but written in a format that you don’t need an MBA to understand.

Make Your Kid a Money Genius – Beth Kobler – Buy it on Amazon

Beth Kobliner brings us a book for parents to teach their kids about money, and they might just learn something about personal finance for themselves along the way.


The Four Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris – Buy it on Amazon

The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau – Buy it on Amazon

This $100 Startup shares how successful businesses started with $1,000 or less in startup capital. If they can do it, so can you. Plus there are some useful lessons along the way.

Rich Like Them – Ryan D’Agostino – Buy it on Amazon

Learn from the Americans who live in the wealthiest zip codes in the nation as journalist Ryan D’Agostino goes door to door looking for lessons.


The Tipping Point – Malcom Gladwell – Buy it on Amazon

Outliers – Malcom Gladwell – Buy it on Amazon

Freakonomics – Steven Dunbar and

Barbarians at the Gate


The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau – Buy it on Amazon


The Alchemist – Paulo Cohelo – Buy it on Amazon

This is hands down my favorite book of all time, and the only book I have ever read more than once. I have made it through three times and counting. The book follows a shepherd on a journey across Spain and North Africa as he follows a dream. Each time I read it, I left on the track to follow my own dreams. As the book says, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I actually forgot this book on a plane once and re-bought it. Read in 2003 and twice since.

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