• No step-by-step budgeting books made it to my list but you can start by reading my Best of FB posts
  • Everything I’ve learned about money is mostly from all the amazing blogs out there
  • Living with less & minimalism was learned online or just with general experience & observation
  • Read my minimalism philosophy here, then start on my Best of EM posts and look at my Blogroll
  • Books are heavy on the ‘wealth-building’ and millionaire-mindset variety
  • My most inspirational career books come from strategists of war, although I take a milder approach
  • General philosophies come from thought-provoking fiction


All links below go to my Amazon Associates referral ID, so thank you in advance if you do decide to buy


  1. The Millionaire Next Door — first book that changed my whole perspective on money
  2. Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors — An excellent easy-to-read primer on investing with index funds
  3. Millionaire Women Next Door — focuses on the women, rather than only on men (#1 & #2)
  4. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic — first book I ever read on living simply
  5. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less — marketing perspective
  6. Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping — good psychology of shopping read
  7. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist (and my review is located here)
  8. Outliers: The Story of Success — explains what uncontrollable factors play a role
  9. Atlas Shrugged — first book that really resonated quite deeply with me & my values
  10. The Alchemist — easy to read but with complex thoughts that take time to process
  11. The Art Of War — good strategies to use even in today’s world especially office politics/negotiation
  12. The Prince — another good book on strategies to use
  13. Animal Farm — great book detailing greed and power, makes you more aware of the balance
  14. Ender’s Game — fun read that had some good ideas/strategies/points to takeaway


  1. Enchantment – A thoroughly modern but traditional fairytale (for guys too)
  2. The Belgariad: Volume One and Volume Two — Love this fantasy series
  3. The Malloreon: Volume One and Volume Two — Cheaper than buying individuals
  4. Entire M.Y.T.H. Series: Books 1 & 2:  Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions
  5. Entire Lone Wolf and Cub Manga Series: Book 1 – “Assassins Road
  6. Entire Usagi Yojimbo Manga Series: Book 1 – “The Ronin
  7. Entire Harry Potter Series: Boxset — Not just for kids you know!
  8. Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels Book One) — Very dark fiction
  9. Heir to the Shadows (Black Jewels Book Two)
  10. Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels Book Three)
  11. Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn Book One) — More dark fiction, same author
  12. Shadows and Light (Tir Alainn Book Two)
  13. House of Gaian (Tir Alainn Book Three)
  14. The Other Side of the Story
  15. Last Chance Saloon
  16. The Nanny Diaries
  17. Confessions of a Shopaholic — What can I say? I feel a kinship
  18. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
  19. Shopaholic Ties the Knot
  20. Shopaholic and Sister
  21. Shopaholic and Baby
  22. Can you keep a secret? — One of the only two non-Shopaholic books I liked
  23. Twenties Girl — This one most people disliked, but I thought it was good
  24. The Devil Wears Prada
  25. As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook


I loathe buying books that I end up not wanting to keep, so I tend not to buy any unless I am sure I’d read it again or use it as a reference.

Am planning on borrowing these books in my off time to read, or to skim in the bookstore before buying.

That being said, there are some I’d buy outright, they’re noted below.

  1. A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance
  2. The Frugal Millionaires
  3. Stop Acting Rich — Will buy outright (I love this authors’ work)
  4. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days
  5. Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time
  6. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us — Will buy outright
  7. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? — Will buy outright
  8. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  9. Material World: A Global Family Portrait — Will buy outright (Photos)
  10. What the World Eats — Will buy outright (Photos)
  11. A Geography Of Time
  12. Call of the Mall
  13. The Overspent American
  14. Richistan
  15. Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages
  16. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life — Will buy outright
  17. Leading By Design: The Ikea Story
  18. The Outsider’s Edge: The Making of Self-Made Billionaires
  19. Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
  20. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? — Will buy outright
  21. The Middle-Class Millionaire
  22. The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class
  23. Maxed Out

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.