Best Books on Money: 35 Books on Investing and Personal Finance (2020)

Best Personal Finance Books

Best Personal Finance Books

There’s no topic as immediately impactful, as widely misunderstood or as desperately vital as mastering our personal finances. And few posts on FASTER TO MASTER have made me pause for as much thought as choosing this book list.

What I’ve ended up with below are the top 35 books I’d read to get smart on day-to-day wealth as quickly as reasonably possible.

You’ll find books on how money works, developing a financial mindset, budgeting, planning, debt management and investing. Though less practical, I’ve also added a few accounts of recent financial scandals (e.g., #5, #16) which never fail to highlight the risks of fear, greed and group-think.

What hasn’t made the list includes biographies of wealthy individuals, books on startups and entrepreneurship, more general analyses of the psychology of misjudgement, macro-economic textbooks or treatises on fiscal philosophy.

And yet all these books (including classics like Smith’s Wealth of Nations, or modern series like Taleb’s life-changing Incerto) would make fantastic additions to anyone’s bookshelf.

Anyhow, as always – I LOVE book recommendations so if there’s something you’ve read that you think deserves mentioning then leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to include it in the next round of updates!

The Best Books on Money and Personal Finance

I’ve ranked the titles below by a combination of Goodreads rating, review count and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

(N.B., Though excellent, probably the least accessible books on the list are The Intelligent Investor (#2) and Valuation (#22) so stay clear of these if you’re just starting out!)

  1. The Richest Man in Babylon (1926), George S. Clason (Summary)
    THE classic parable on how to acquire money, how to not lose money and how to make money multiply – by serial entrepreneur and author, George S. Clason.
    194 pages. Rated 4.3 over 93,400 reviews on Goodreads.
  2. The Intelligent Investor (1949), Benjamin Graham
    Rated 4.2 over 52,100 reviews on Goodreads
  3. The Science of Getting Rich (1910), Wallace D. Wattles
    Rated 4.2 over 26,800 reviews on Goodreads
  4. Security Analysis (1962), Benjamin Graham
    Principles and Technique
    Rated 4.3 over 6,200 reviews on Goodreads
  5. Barbarians at the Gate (1990), Bryan Burrough
    The Fall of RJR Nabisco
    Rated 4.2 over 25,100 reviews on Goodreads
  6. Financial Peace Revisited (1992), Dave Ramsey
    Rated 4.3 over 12,400 reviews on Goodreads
  7. One Up On Wall Street (1988), Peter Lynch
    How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market
    Rated 4.2 over 15,300 reviews on Goodreads
  8. A Random Walk Down Wall Street (1973), Burton G. Malkiel
    The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing
    Rated 4.1 over 20,000 reviews on Goodreads
  9. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings (1957), Philip A. Fisher
    Rated 4.1 over 8,600 reviews on Goodreads
  10. Margin of Safety (1991), Seth A. Klarman
    Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor
    Rated 4.3 over 4,600 reviews on Goodreads
  11. The Total Money Makeover (2003), Dave Ramsey
    A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
    Rated 4.3 over 55,200 reviews on Goodreads
  12. Your Money or Your Life (1992), Vicki Robin
    Rated 4.1 over 12,600 reviews on Goodreads
  13. The Millionaire Next Door (1995), Thomas J. Stanley
    The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
    Rated 4.0 over 60,300 reviews on Goodreads
  14. Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant (1998), Robert T. Kiyosaki
    Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom
    Rated 4.1 over 33,000 reviews on Goodreads
  15. Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997), Robert T. Kiyosaki (Summary)
    One of the few must-read handbooks for anyone who’s serious about earning their financial freedom – by businessman, investor and best-selling author, Robert Kiyosaki.
    Rated 4.0 over 253,200 reviews on Goodreads
  16. The Big Short (2009), Michael Lewis
    Inside the Doomsday Machine
    Rated 4.3 over 117,200 reviews on Goodreads
  17. You Can Be a Stock Market Genius (1997), Joel Greenblatt
    Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits
    Rated 4.2 over 5,500 reviews on Goodreads
  18. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (2005), T. Harv Eker
    Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
    Rated 4.2 over 35,000 reviews on Goodreads
  19. Poor Charlie’s Almanack (2005), Charles T. Munger
    The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
    Rated 4.5 over 4,400 reviews on Goodreads
  20. The Wealthy Barber (1989), David Chilton
    The Common Sense Guide to Successful Financial Planning
    Rated 4.0 over 7,300 reviews on Goodreads
  21. The Four Pillars of Investing (2002), William J. Bernstein
    Rated 4.2 over 3,800 reviews on Goodreads
  22. Valuation (1990), Tim Koller
    Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies
    Rated 4.2 over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads
  23. The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing (2006), Taylor Larimore
    Rated 4.3 over 4,900 reviews on Goodreads
  24. The Snowball (2008), Alice Schroeder
    Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
    Rated 4.1 over 33,100 reviews on Goodreads
  25. The Barefoot Investor (2016), Scott Pape
    The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need
    Rated 4.5 over 7,500 reviews on Goodreads
  26. The Most Important Thing (2011), Howard Marks
    Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor
    Rated 4.3 over 5,700 reviews on Goodreads
  27. The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need (1978), Andrew Tobias
    Rated 3.9 over 2,700 reviews on Goodreads
  28. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money (2011), Dave Ramsey
    The Handbook of Financial Peace University
    Rated 4.4 over 3,700 reviews on Goodreads
  29. Smart Women Finish Rich (1998), David Bach
    9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams
    Rated 4.1 over 2,700 reviews on Goodreads
  30. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (2007), John C. Bogle
    The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns
    Rated 4.2 over 5,700 reviews on Goodreads
  31. I Will Teach You to Be Rich (2009), Ramit Sethi
    Rated 4.1 over 15,700 reviews on Goodreads
  32. The Money Game (1967), George Jerome Waldo Goodman
    Rated 4.0 over 800 reviews on Goodreads
  33. Irrational Exuberance (2000), Robert J. Shiller
    Rated 4.0 over 5,800 reviews on Goodreads
  34. Common Sense on Mutual Funds (1999), John C. Bogle
    New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor
    Rated 4.1 over 1,900 reviews on Goodreads
  35. Debt (2011), David Graeber
    The First 5,000 Years
    Rated 4.2 over 9,400 reviews on Goodreads

II. Best Books Of All Time

These are the overall best books to read (by type).

III. Best Nonfiction Books (A-Z)

These are the best nonfiction books to read (by topic).

IV. Best Fiction Books (A-Z)

These are the best fiction books to read (by genre).

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Rajesh Sharma
Rajesh Sharma
1 year ago

Very Interesting List of Books! Some of them are my favorite which includes, Financial Peace Revisited, One Up On Wall Street, Your Money or Your Life, The Most Important Thing. Your Money or Your Life is my most favorite book. Some of the books are never seen and never read before, but now I will definitely read it. Thank you for sharing this great list with us. Please keep sharing.