My Top 10 Reading List (2018)

Below are my top 10 book recommendations for 2018.

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Several people have recently asked me what books I recommend and what I have read recently. Looking back on the past few years, these are some of my top recommendations in no particular order:

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1. Tony Robbins – Awaken The Giant Within

Tony Robbins is one of my favorite authors. He is down to earth, inspirational, and genuinely cares about people. I highly recommend his work. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

2. Thomas J. Stanley – The Millionaire Next Door

Dr. Stanley exposes what makes millionaires successful in today’s world. He conducted an extensive study that found most millionaires don’t live in expensive houses and the majority of them drive Ford F-150s. This is a great read that destroys the common misconceptions of modern day millionaires. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

3. Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – Freakonomics

This insightful book gives you a different perspective on how the world works and introduces some controversial topics. They answer questions such as “How much do parents really matter, and Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?” Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

4. Chris Hogan – Retire Inspired

Chris Hogan is on the Dave Ramsey team and writes about your personal retirement number and how much money you need to live an inspirational retirement. His book is well written and down to earth. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

5. George Clason – The Richest Man In Babylon

This is one of my favorite books I have read in a long time. It is written in parables that speaks to the most basic principles of living within your means and creating meaningful income. I highly recommend this book. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

6. John Bogle – The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing

From the founder of Vanguard, John (Jack) Bogle give his viewpoints on the mutual fund industry and how you can still win in this confusing financial market. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

7. Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruz – Smart Money Smart Kids

Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruz authored this book that addresses how to bring our kids up from the beginning to avoid having to dig them out of financial messes when they are older. This book offers a unique perspective on raising money smart children. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

8. Ray Dalio – Principles

Ray Dalio is a hedge fund manager who reveals his life story from his ups and downs to his eventual success in the stock market. He explains his life’s principles and what has made hims successful. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

9. Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend – Boundaries

Where do you draw the line in your personal relationships? The authors take you on a journey to empower you to create and enforce personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not. Click the book below to find it on Amazon.

10. Tony Robbins – Unshakeable

Another Tony Robbins book made my top 10 – he is a big influence on me. This book is a financial freedom playbook that outlines how the financial markets are designed to make you fail, but how you can overcome them and succeed. I highly recommend this book, click the book below to find it on Amazon.

Have you read any of the above mentioned books? If so, how have they influenced you? Comment below – I’d love to hear any books you would recommend to me – I’m always looking for more reading material! If you haven’t subscribed below, please provide your email and I will send you updates on my new articles.



Author: Ryan

Hi!  My name is Ryan and I have a passion for personal finance and education.  I am married and have three children, a girl and two boys all under the age of ten.  My wife stays home with the kids so it can be challenging to live off one income.  Much of what I write is based off my personal experiences and what I have learned in the course of my life. My financial journey began when my wife and I saved up a sum of money and I didn't know who I could trust to invest it.  After several interviews with financial advisers, I still didn't feel like I could trust anyone.  That began my journey to educate myself by reading every finance book I could get my hand on and by attending financial seminars.  After getting a good handle on debt, finance, and investments, I decided to start this blog as a resource for others who find it difficult to trust people with their money. I recently started writing this blog about how to get out of debt and start investing to create the future you deserve. I have been in law enforcement for 14 years and I have seen the devastation left behind by people who mismanage their finances.  I started this blog because I want to help as many people I can by educating them on common sense money management. As far as my formal education, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Administration Degree from Northern Arizona University.  I am an adjunct professor at a local community college and I have been a student of finance for many years. This blog is dedicated to those looking to eliminate their debt and to mold a new way of thinking, living, and spending. Education, focused on financial stability and wealth, is the main purpose of this blog. This website is a new journey for me and I know there are areas that I could improve.  Please feel free to reach out to me with any critiques - I would love the feedback so I can be as effective as I possibly can and provide the most relevant information.  I look forward to writing for you and learning with you! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you! -Ryan

6 thoughts on “My Top 10 Reading List (2018)”

  1. I’m definitely gonna bookmark this. Though I’m nowhere near the wealth building phase of my journey, reading your blog has got me more open to the idea of Investing, though the stock market terrifies me. Any book in particular you’d recommend for a stock market novice?


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