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I have so many books in my library that I have purchased (mostly financial topics) that I have been telling myself I need to read but just haven't gotten to yet.

Because of this, and also because I believe the saying "Readers are Leaders", I have made it a goal this year to read at least 2 books a month.

I completed this goal in January by reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnige & "Sell or Be Sold"  by Grant Cardone

For February, I have already read "The Financial Matrix" by Orrin Woodward & "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Those were both short reads but since February is the shortest month I figured I would read those.

I am now working on reading "Opportunity" by Eben Pagan and hope to read at least one more before the month is up.

I was curious to know if any other Penny Hoarders had any reading goals this year and how those are going.

I also figure this will make a great place to hold myself accountable to reach my goal by posting the books I read in the following months in the comments.

Any financial book recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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My goal is to read one book a month.  Sometimes I do 3 in 2 months.  I also read financial blogs and Kiplinger magazine.  Education is a life-long endeavor!  My favorite financial book so far is by Elizabeth Warren, "This Fight is Our Fight."  It really summarizes how people live, how we got here, and what we need next.  Her other book, "The Two-Income Trap," is also excellent.  I actually own both.  I check out books from the public library and I purchase my own copy when I find I LOVE them (usually used on Amazon).  Enjoy!

@Qsusan thanks for the recommendations, I will check them out. I like buying my used books from They have lots of titles at great prices that vary based on the condition. Also, if you buy $10 or more in books you get FREE SHIPPING. I have saved a ton of money buying books from here. You can generally get 3 or 4 books for around $10 with free shipping.

I've always been a super avid reader since childhood, and my goal this year is to finish 64 books. With that being said, 4/5 books are audiobooks. I've been using Audible the last two years and amassed quite an (expensive) selection. Recently I found Scribd, which is unlimited Audiobooks for $8.99. The difference is with Audible you buy the book and keep it forever but Scribd is more like Netflix for audiobooks - you don't get to keep it, but you can listen to as much as you want so long as you're subscribed. I actually read Warren's this fight is our fight in January and loved it. Right now I'm reading Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington, and I love her insight on the way we think about alcohol as a culture. It's not specifically about money, but hey, if we learn to adapt a sober lifestyle, who knows how much we could save on booze and other alcohol related expenses!

@Jules that's good to know about the audiobooks. I personally prefer to read physical copies of books (not really a fan of eBooks either) but I know many people who prefer to listen. The important thing is to get and understand the knowledge being shared. I like the idea of Scribd but I think I would prefer to own the book if I was going to do audio. is great. You can sign up and get 30 days free-if you start the sign up process, but don't add you cc info the next day you'll get an email offering you 60 days free-after the free trial either cancel or pay $7.99 a month. They have a great selection of books, audiobooks, magazines and docs; you can also self-publish if you're looking for a little creative feedback

I have also used Kobo before too, but that's mostly for audiobooks.

Just finished reading the book "Opportunity" by Eban Pagan. It was a pretty intense read with a lot of deep topics but it helped me in recognizing opportunity and learning how to choose the right opportunities in my life.

I lent the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" to a coworker who saw me reading it, she is almost finished and another coworker is already asking to read it next. I definitely recommend it for people who are struggling with change at their job.

I finished reading the book eSCAPE by Anik Singal in February bringing my total to 4 books read. Not bad for the shortest month of the year!

This month I have been working extra so I will probably only get 2 in but we will see.

Currently reading "From Poop To Gold - The Marketing Magic of Harmon Brothers" by Chris Jones It is quite an entertaining read and definitely recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing and entrepreneurship.

Still haven't decided what my second book will be but I have a whole shelf to choose from. Will keep you all updated.

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I do not have specific reading goals, but I read and write all of the time.  As a blogger and a poet, it is important to constantly be honing my craft and keep learning in general.  However, I have a book ownership goal: Read and sort through/donate enough books to make it possible for all of them to fit on my bookshelves.

Nice sources for free or inexpensive books:

  • OnlineBookClub.  They provide books in their daily gift card giveaway contests (Reading samples of or downloading the books they present for free is the only way to start earning entries in the contests).  They also let you read/download books for free that you pick from their site on the condition that you submit reviews for them. 
  • Complimentary books are a benefit of Amazon's Prime Membership.
  • Article with more free or inexpensive books:

Article full of ways to find time to read:

I've never made any specific reading goals but I enjoy reading and with new Fire it is making it much easier.   I have read 6 books in January and 5 books in February.   Doesn't look as promising for March as I have 1 read as of today and 1 waiting for me.......   Library here is part of Hoopla and I have found that morning is the best time to check out new book as by noon most days they have met the number of checkouts for the day.    Trying to stick with books that teach me something new (sustainability) or go deeper into a topic that I'm interested in (investing and saving).

I read daily and I don't really have a 'X number of books in Y time'. For me, I can't possibly implement everything if I read too fast.

Instead, I just have something that's slower and perhaps a bit more compatible with how I ingest information, which is just 20 pages/day while I drink my coffee in the morning.

I find that it's the perfect balance of:

1) Minimum friction so I can keep up the habit consistently, without trying that hard.

2) Reading enough information to be educational, but not so much that I can't possibly remember nor implement / test ideas.

The way I built my reading habit to be sustainable is to start slow (i.e. 5 pages a day) and then build from there. I find that with fitness, or reading, or any goals, I get the most long-term juice out of a habit if I slowly stoke it. When I go too gung-ho at the beginning I just get burned out.


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