Where do I buy my books? 

One cost effective method for me to buy books is by checking the "Friends of the Library" section of the local library. This is where volunteers collect books from the public and sell them for usually 50 cents to $1 dollar. Note that higher income areas will typically have a backlog of business and investing books that were purchased new by their patrons on Amazon, and then donated to the library.

Beyond the occasional must reads that I end up purchasing from a bookstore, I have grown to appreciate the ease of listening to a Blinkist summary for many of the new books I hear about. 

Blinkist Tool:

I recently discovered a new phone app that plays a audio summary of non-fiction books. The app is called Blinkist, you can also read through a brief set of summary pages. I prefer the audio summary option which is a perfect way to spend my hour of stop and go traffic to work each day.

I signed up for a one week Blinkist trial, but then downloaded the app after just one day- some tools  are just that good and effective. Try the trial version and left me know what you think. Below is the blinkist link if you are interested:


The majority of these books listed below where purchased at my local library for a fraction of the original cost. 


-Bogle on Mutual Funds

John C. Bogle

-The New Coffeehouse Investor

Bill Schultheis

-The Snowball, Warren Buffet and Business of Life

Alice Schroeder

-The Intelligent Investor

Benjamin Graham

-The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, why some are so rich and some so poor,

David S. Landes

-Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki

-Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens

Robert Kiyosaki


Levitt & Dubner

-Undercover Economist

-Tim Harford

-Strategy for Personal Finance

Larry Lang

-Rule #1 (Investing)

Phil Town

Understanding Investments (Course Guidebook)

Connel Fullenkamp

-Think, Act and Invest like Warren Buffet

Larry E. Swedroe

-The Automatic Millionaire

David Bach

-Where Are the Customer's Yachts

Fred Schwed Jr.

-Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

T. Harv Eker

-The Smartest 401k Book You'll Ever Read

Daniel R. Solin

-The Little Book that Makes You Rich

Louis Navellier

-The Little Book that Beats the Market

Joel Greenblatt

-The Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar

Addison Wiggin

-Millionaire by Thirty

Douglas Andrew

-The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report

Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

-The Education of a Value Investor

Guy Spier

-The Falcon Method

David Solyomi

-Wealth without Risk

Charles Givens

-I Will Teach You to be Rich

Ramit Sethi

55, Underemployed and Faking Normal

Elizabeth White


-First Time Landlord, Guide to Renting out a Single Family Home

Jane Portman


-The E-Myth Revisited

Michael E. Gerber

-How to become a CEO

Jeffrey J. Fox

-Wise Guy

Guy Kawasaki

-The first 90 days

Michael Watkins

-The Silicon Boys

David A. Kaplan

-Insanely Great

Steven Levy

-Apple Confidential

Owen W. Linzmayer

-The Third Wave

Steve Case

-Breaking Windows, How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft

David Bank

-The Big Leap

Gay Hendricks 

-Living the 80/20 Way

Richard Koch

-The Richest Man in Babylon

George S. Clason

Win Bigly 

Scott Adams


Malcom Gladwell

-David and Goliath

Malcom Gladwell

-The Addictive Organization

why we overwork, cover up, pick up the pieces, please the boss & perpetuate sick organizations

Anne Wilson Schaef, Diane Fassel


-Savage Inequalities, children in America's schools

Jonathon Kozol

-All over but the Shoutin'

Rick Bragg

-Dancing Naked in the Mindfield

Kary Mullis

-Future Shock

Alvin Toffler

-Destiny of the Republic

Candace Millard

Article- The Atlantic- my secret shame


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