25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List

05/26/2015 01:21 pm ET | Updated May 26, 2016

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By Laura Woods, Contributor

While you relax in the sun by the pool this summer, make the most of your free time by checking out 25 of the hottest, newest and best-selling personal finance books. Learn how to catapult yourself to success and better manage your funds so that you can have even more time in the future to unwind and enjoy yourself.

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Make it your summer goal to read this wildly successful book if you haven't already done so. Robert T. Kiyosaki explains what you need to teach your kids about money to help them achieve future success. The book dispels popular beliefs about earning and spending money and teaches lessons on handling assets and liabilities.


Nasty Gal Founder, CEO and Creative Director Sophia Amoruso details her rise from wild teenager to the head of an online fashion retailer worth more than $100 million. Read about how trusting her instincts and following her gut led to massive success.

3. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

If you frequently find there's not enough time in your day, you'll want to read this book by Greg McKeown. Learn how to allocate your time wisely so that you're able to accomplish high-priority tasks. Rather than focusing on doing it all, McKeown explains why it's best to reclaim your time and focus on the goals and activities that matter most.

4. The Richest Man in Babylon

George S. Clason's classic book shares the secrets to overcoming your personal financial problems. Read and absorb the inspirational and informative "Babylonian parables" containing stories on thriftiness, financial planning and personal wealth.

5. Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

If you feel like you need to get a grip on both your life and your budget, you'll want to read this Ruth Soukup book. Soukup provides personal accounts of living an unorganized life and how biblical truths and practical action plans can help you make lasting changes to improve your finances and home.

6. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Adam Grant discusses the link between success and how people interact with others. Find answers to the age-old question of why some people achieve overwhelming success and others fail to launch.

7. Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win With Money

Need a little help teaching your kids how to handle money? Gain advice from Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze. Their book covers the basics of working, spending, saving and giving as well as bigger issues like paying cash for college and living without debt and discontentment.

8. The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy, publisher of Success magazine, shares the guiding principles that have led to his personal and business achievements. As he explains how everyday decisions can lead to success or disaster, he provides a step-by-step guide to good decision-making, tracking progress and achieving goals.

9. Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully

"Mad Money" host Jim Cramer uses his extensive knowledge of the stock market to help you earn major returns on your investments without having to make risky moves. Learn long-term investing themes, individual and sector plays, and more to turn your savings into wealth.

10. MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Tony Robbins has released his first book in two decades. It includes extensive research and interviews with more than 50 renowned financial experts. Use his easy-to-follow, seven-step plan to get your finances in order, create a lifetime income plan and achieve financial freedom.

11. The Real Book of Real Estate

Kiyosaki is back with a new book designed to teach you how to invest in real estate and win. Learn how to break into the real estate investment market or improve your existing strategy with advice from 20 seasoned real estate experts.


Josh Felber and Steve Forbes explain how to achieve goals through fiscal competence and detail components of success such as perseverance, passion, planning and risk taking. They also provide insights from experts who demonstrate how success is dependent on being willing to fail, making decisions and taking action. Learn how to apply their techniques to your own life.

13. When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women

Do you earn more than your partner? Personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi explains how women can avoid burnout, infidelity and divorce as the family breadwinners. Check out her 10 rules to achieving personal and professional success.

Keep Reading: Farnoosh Torabi: "2015 Is the Year to Invest in Yourself"

14. Live Richer Challenge: Learn How to Budget, Save, Get Out of Debt, Improve Your Credit and Invest in 36 Days

The Budgetnista, Tiffany Aliche, shares a step-by-step plan to take control of your finances and learn how to live richer in just 36 days. Read her book to discover how to get out of your financial mess and enjoy a sense of control over your money.

15. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money

Personal finance columnist Ron Lieber details how parents from all income levels can teach their kids about money in a manner that allows them to become more giving and less greedy. Using stories from real families, he covers everything from the tooth fairy and allowance to cars, first jobs and college tuition.

16. The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer's best-seller is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an updated edition. The revised book teaches you how to boost your confidence, apply their guide to daily life and achieve your goals. It also includes a new section on how to succeed in the digital age.

17. The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team and Growing Your Career

Powerhouse couple Jack and Suzy Welch share an essential guide for succeeding in business. Their book covers the biggest challenges professionals face today, including finding strategies that work, leading and managing a team and developing your career path.

18. The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone

Bravo TV's "Million Dollar Listing New York" star Fredrik Eklund and author Bruce Littlefield detail the art of selling yourself. Enjoy personal stories and anecdotes from Eklund, while learning how to recognize your true talents to make a sale. Eklund also shares negotiation tips and tricks.

19. When to Rob a Bank ... and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

The authors of "Freakonomics," Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, have put together a collection of their best and most outlandish blog posts, covering everything from when to rob a bank and why flight attendants don't get tipped to what people lie about and why KFC runs out of fried chicken.

20. One Bed, One Bank Account: Better Conversations on Money and Marriage

Derek and Carrie Olsen explain how to have encouraging conversations about money. Having survived their own financial crisis in the early years of their marriage, they help other couples strengthen their relationships with open and honest discussions about finances.

21. Life & Debt: A Fresh Approach to Achieving Financial Wellness

Attorney and debt therapist Leslie Tayne offers this real-world guide to managing debt. Acknowledging that it's nearly impossible to live without debt in today's society, the book explains how to take steps toward financial stability and is designed to help people who are going through various transitions in life, such as divorce and retirement.

22. Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together ... Finally

Money expert and financial journalist Nicole Lapin shares her easy-to-follow, 12-step plan for getting your finances in order and learning to invest in yourself. She breaks down the language of money and how to break bad financial habits.

23. Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

Think your monthly Social Security check should be bigger? Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman share the secrets of getting thousands of dollars more each year from Social Security benefits and walk you through options such as "start stop start" and "file and suspend."

24. The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most

If you're close to retirement but haven't saved nearly enough money, this book by Emily Guy Birken might be what you need. The guide details how to maximize your current savings and create a practical plan for the future, covering everything from medical expenses to 401(k) plans.

25. Thrive

Arianna Huffington explores what it means to be successful and makes her case for redefining the traditional focus on a bigger salary and a corner office. She examines the epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, urging people to reconfigure their priorities.

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