Book of the week – July 8, 2024

Welcome back to the weekly series where I recommend a new book each week.

While there won’t be a consistent theme behind my weekly picks, I hope you’ll find something that interests you! For all past recommendations, you can find them here.

This last week sure was a hot one, I think it’s only fair to say….

Summer is here!

While the heat is less than ideal, it does provide a variety of places for us book lovers to enjoy in the Summer.

Whether you choose to rest under the protected shade of a tree, by the side of a body of water, or directly next to a fan/AC unit (this is my preferred method), they all are great options. With these Summer feelings in mind, I’m hoping this weekly recommendation follows the summer vibe.

This week’s recommendation is from one of the most important authors from the 20th century, Gabriel García Márquez.

One Hundred Years of Solitude‘ – Book of the Week

July 8-14, 2024

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

If I had to choose one word that describes ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, it would be ‘odyssey’. Through detailing a family’s multi-generational existence in a remote town, Márquez is able to weave together a fantastical story. One that perfectly blends elements of both reality and the supernatural.

If you’re looking for a story that shows the how actions can effect a family’s place in the world look no further. ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is the perfect option for you!

Gabriel García Márquez was one of the most important authors of the 20th century, particularly in the Spanish language. While ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ is widely considered to be his magnum opus, if you like this novel you’ll like others from his catalogue (including ‘Chronicle of Death Foretold’ and ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’

Book of the week July 24-30, 2023

This is a weekly series where I recommend a new book each week.

While there won’t be a consistent theme behind my weekly picks, I hope you’ll find something that interests you!

For all past recommendations, you can find them here

Reading during the summertime is sublime

As the sun bathes the world in golden rays, there is a sense of enchantment (and heat) that permeates the air. Whether reclining on a sun-dappled porch, seeking refuge beneath the shade of a leafy tree, or finding respite in the cool embrace of a coffee shop, the beauty of reading truly shines. With every page turned, I find myself immersed in narratives that transport me to far-off lands. Further, these narratives help remind me of the whimsical energy that I felt when going on summer break as a kid.

After all, nothing beat that feeling of leaving school for the last time of the year!

With these Summer feelings in mind, I wanted to create a weekly list where I highlight a book that captures these the Summer vibe.

This week’s recommendation is from one of my favorite authors, Yukio Mishima.

Weekly Book Recommendation – July 25, 2023

1. The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima

The Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima

‘The Sound of Waves’ is an immensely compelling and satisfying story about young love. The feelings that are presented in this novel are timeless ones, ones which we’ve all felt in one way or another. While the themes in this book aren’t world shattering, they don’t try to be! And personally, this simplicity actually adds to my reasoning for why it’s a perfect book for the Summer.

If you’re looking for an easy to read, romance book, look no further. ‘The Sound of Waves’ would be the perfect option for you!

5 Personal Finance Books For Beginners To Read NOW!

There is no better time than the present to start your personal finance journey!

I want to make something clear from the start, I’m by no means claiming to be an expert on anything in the financial realm.

The goal of making a list like this is actually for a different reason:

Personal finance and investing are currently points of interest for many (and this includes me). However, when I started on my journey, I found it to be incredibly difficult to find dependable and trustworthy advice! There are just so many different opinions on the best way of going about personal finance. Being able to sort through differing opinions is usually a great thing, but I found the financial world to be one full of nefarious advice.

Many “experts” claim that if you follow their simple plans, you will quickly accumulate wealth and gain financial freedom. Yet, this rhetoric is usually just an illusion. These types of self-proclaimed gurus are usually just interested in getting you to buy their overpriced guides or training programs.

With all of this in mind, this list will be focused on providing books that will give you an overview into the world of personal finance.

Picture of stock tickers

Here are five of my favorite beginner personal finance books:

1. A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market (2019)

This book introduces its readers to many of the important concepts related to investing. “A Beginner’s Guide” is well written and straight to the point. It doesn’t have the fluff that you typically see in intro books!

This book is great for:

Beginners, General Advice, General Strategies

2. A Random Walk Down Wall Street (2007)

A random walk down Wall Street

This book is considered by many to be a “classic” in the personal finance and investing realm. This book is excellent at providing an overview of the stock market and the different types of investors/investing strategy

This book is great for:

Introduction to Finance, Introduction to Stock Market, General Investing Strategies

3. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (2007)

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

Jack Bogle is one of the most influential voices in the personal finance realm. Vanguard, the company Bogle founded, is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world. In this book, Bogle provides a complete guide towards making sensible investments.

This book is great for:

General investing strategies, introduction to stock market, sensible investors

4.The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing (2007)

The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

Similarly to the previous book, “The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing” follows the advice of John C. Bogle. However where this book shines, it that it provides a more in-depth strategy. For me, this book did everything a financial planner would do (without having to pay the high fees of the planner)!

This book is great for:

Intermediate investing strategies, more in-depth strategies

5. The Psychology of Money (2020)

The Psychology of Money

In this book, Housel is able to capture the part of financial literacy that is often left out, the human nature behind our decisions. The best way to describe it is that it is about life first, then finances second. A great read to further complete your understanding on the subject.

This book is great for:

Financial literacy from a new perspective

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this list of 5 beginner personal finance books. Outside of this list, I recommend continuing to learn about as many different investing styles as you can, so you can find the one(s) that resonates with your financial goals!

Have you read any of these books before? What is your favorite personal finance book?

“Up” poem – March 13th, 2023

The following is poem from March 13th, 2023.

What goes up

might continue to go up,

higher than you’ve been before.

And it might even take you so far up,

that is,

further than the point you thought was the peak.

Where it might be completely indiscernible, which way was up

or down.

‘New York City’ poem – March 12th, 2023

The following is poem from March 12th, 2023. It encapsulates my feelings about New York City, as of my recent move to the city.

New York City

Truly the city of dreams,

where anyone can make it.

Everything one could want,

within the palm of your hands.

Yet it’d be foolish to think,

everyone will be able to make it.

But why get caught up on all that,

I’m in New York City!