Financial Literacy: My Favorite Books About Money

April is Financial Literacy Month. Many people ask me about my favorite resources, including books. Check out my favorite books about money. They'll help you learn more about finances and help you take your money to the next level.

As a personal finance writer, I'd be remiss if I didn't have something related to financial literacy published during April. While I think financial literacy is important — all need to learn about money — it's not a cure-all. Many of us shout, “financial literacy!” and “teach financial literacy in school!” and then assume we've done what we need to. Good job, problem solved.

Alas, it's not that simple. Financial literacy isn't some panacea that will fix all our issues. So, while I think you should learn about money and apply what you learn, it's only part of the solution.

If you're ready to take the personal step of getting better with money, check out some of my favorite books about money.

Check out these books about money

My preference is for books about money that are simple. In fact, one of the books that got me hooked on indexing was Oblivious Investing Building Wealth While Ignoring the Noise. Short, simple, and to the point. However, it's been removed for listing, so you'll pay an arm and a leg for it from resellers. Since it's probably not your best bet, here are some other books about money to try. Disclaimer: most of these books are written by friends of mine.

General money books

These are my favorite books about money that focus on general topics. They can give you a good foundation for learning money management and strategy principles.

Getting out of debt

If you're trying to get out of debt, these books can help you get a feel for creating a plan and moving forward.


Of course, I need to have my favorite investing books on this list. Get the basics of managing money, create your debt paydown plan, and start investing to build wealth. Of course, you can also check out my guide on how to start investing.

Other books about money topics

There are some other books about interesting money topics and ideas as well. Check them out if you want to take things to the next level. Don't forget that you can get my little guidebook on setting your financial values.

In the end, there are a lot of resources you can turn to and learn about money. I like reading, and many people ask me what I read about money.

Hopefully, that helps you find what you need to get more from your money. And if you're looking for information on how I manage my money to live a life I enjoy, you can check out my favorite money resources.

1 thought on “Financial Literacy: My Favorite Books About Money”

  1. Michael Lewis’ books, The Big Short, Flash Boys, and Moneyball, are among my favorites. His less economically oriented writings are also enjoyable to me.

    These three have a common theme: a smart guy(s) notices a market gap/inefficiency that no one else does because some piece of “conventional wisdom” turns out to be false or a market change isn’t recognized. Very enthralling to learn while reading. In The Big Short, Lewis breaks down economic concepts so easily and effectively that the reader can understand quickly.

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