Weekly Book Recommendation

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 an 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?

Mystery and Thriller novels: Five must reads in October!

Fall really is one of the best times to read!

Fall is officially in full swing! That means holiday season is right around the corner.

There is not better time to begin the annual tradition of cozying up with warm beverage and book. In honor of this time of the year, I wanted to curate a list of some of my favorite books that are perfect for each individual holiday.

First up, is October! I don’t think it’s an unpopular opinion to claim October is one of the best months. It’s the month dedicated to the supernatural and the time where ghouls and goblins reign supreme. It’s also a time where I enjoy being on the edge of my seat.

For this reason, I actively seek out mystery and thriller books during October.

Here are five of my favorite books during the spooky season:

1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

To be honest, I think this entire list could be composed of Stephen King books. And if I did that, I don’t think anybody would even think twice about it! He’s an expert at writing novels that are perfect for people interested in having a spooky reading experience.

So I narrowed King’s contribution to this list down to one book, Salem’s Lot. While this may not be my favorite novel out of King’s collection, who doesn’t love a vampire story during Halloween time?

2. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves has remained one of the most memorable books which I’ve read. While marketed as a horror novel, this book accomplishes much beyond its genre. In fact, it’s argued this book isn’t even a horror story at all, but rather, a love story.

For me, the strengths of this story propagate from its unorthodox writing style. If you’re a fan of unique artistic styles, this is a must read during the spooky season!

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel that explores a timeless temptation. One that has plagued humans since the beginning of time. Can someone obtain the ability of maintaining their youth?

In a story that has it all, this novel is a great read for anyone looking to read a classic.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Quite possibly the most recognizable creature of Halloween time, is none other than Frankenstein! (Which is silly in itself, because the creature that’s labeled as Frankenstein these days, isn’t even the true Frankenstein in the novel)

Frankenstein is a novel that explores the purposes of the journey we call life. It looks at the reasons we were even chosen to partake in this rat race of life in the first place.

5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The queen of detective and mystery novels herself, Agatha Christie, deserves a spot on this list!

Much like with Stephen King, it’s incredibly difficult to pick just one Christie novel. I decided to go with my favorite in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

It’s a story that perfectly strings along its plot and it leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. I’d be impressed if many are able to solve the mystery before the protagonist, Hercule Poirot, is able to… I certainly didn’t!

Let me know if you’re planning on reading any of these books! Stay tuned for my list on my favorite books for November! I hope everyone has a great October!