“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

The amount of wisdom that a book contains cannot be better described by this quote from Walt Disney. And the number of books written on any subject is endless too.

In this post, I share with you some of the best personal finance and investing books that I have come across over the years. The number on the list is not

the ranking as it is unfair to compare and rank works of some great thought leaders. Every book in the list adds value and is different from others.

The 14 Best Personal Finance Books

#1. Rich Dad Poor Dad

If you have not read this personal finance book, you have missed something extraordinary. Despite written over two decades ago in 1997, this book by Robert Kiyosaki is relevant even today. A book so simple in its explanation, that it can be understood even by a 10 – year old child.


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#2. The Richest Man in Babylon

You may not believe me, but this personal finance book was first published in 1926! This book was George Clason is another classic that gives you basic personal finance lessons in the form of parables in a setting that is 4000 years old. A fun read with deep meaning.


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#3. Think & Grow Rich

If a book is still a bestseller after seven decades, it doesn’t need a recommendation. This personal finance book is about the quest of Napoleon Hill, the author who set out to find what really made some people so successful. Why is it that some people manage to remain healthy, happy, and financially independent, all at the same time?


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#4. The Total Money Makeover

This is a bestseller from Dave Ramsey, a leading finance coach in the USA. This book is like a practical guide where you can apply your learning after each topic. Whether you want to pay off your debt, create an emergency fund, or plan for your retirement – this book has it all.


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#5. The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape claims that this is the only money guide you will ever need! The basis for this claim is that this book prescribes actionable points for various specific goals of yours. The book is filled with real case studies of those who have benefited by the author’s recommendations.


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#6. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?

The book on personal finance was developed by the author Cary Siegel as a gift to his children because he felt formal education does not impart money management skills. The book includes eight important lessons focusing on 99 principles that will enhance an individual’s money management acumen.


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#7. Honey, I Lost All Our Money

This book by Anil Rego, a practicing financial planner takes you through a journey of a person who has lost all his savings by entering into wrong trades. Live his journey of ups and downs and learn simple personal finance techniques to achieve life goals.


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#8. Modifying Investor Behavior

A personal finance book that addresses the core problem in investing – human behavior. This book deals with irrational human behavior and the impact this behavior can have on investment returns. Learn how to identify these behaviors and overcome them to reap better rewards on your investment.


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#9. Retire Rich: Invest Rs.40 A Day

Till what age will you live? This is rarely thought of while planning for retirement. In this book, P V Subramanyam shows you the reality of long-retired life and gives you a simple solution to plan your retirement by investing just Rs. 40 per day. A must-read for its easy language and simple solutions.


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#10. Start Late, Finish Rich

If you are someone who feels that you have missed the bus and not planned your finances at the right age, this is the book for you. David Bach provides much-needed advice to put your life back on track irrespective of whether you are in your thirties or fifties.


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#11. How to be Rich

This book brings together excerpts from the works of eleven of the world’s greatest leaders including Napoleon Hill, Joseph Murphy, and James Allen. It also includes simple prosperity techniques by Joseph Murphy and Napoleon Hill.


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#12. Let’s Talk Money

India’s leading name in personal finance, Monika Halan offers a practical system to build financial security. This book helps you build a smart system to live your dream life, rather than stay worried about the ‘right’ investment or ‘perfect’ insurance.


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#13. The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money

This book by Chelsea Fagan is for people who don’t care about personal finance. The book gives you tools to make a budget, understand investments, and deal with your debt.


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#14. How to be Your Own Financial Planner in 10 steps

This book by Manish Chauhan is for all those people who want to be in control of their financial planning. The language is extremely simple and the author stays focused on key concepts needed by an individual to plan his or her finances.


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The Best Books on Investing

#1. The Intelligent Investor

No introduction is needed to this book or to its author Benjamin Graham – popularly known as Father of Value Investing. This all-time classic explains various principles and strategies for investing safely and successfully without taking bigger risks. Deep dive into the principles of value investing and come out enriched.


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#2. The Warren Buffett Way

Of the many books written on the principles of the legendary Warren Buffett, this is one of the few that stands out. The book gives insights into the strategies and investment decision approach of Warren Buffett.


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#3. Buffettology

Another gem on the legendary Warren Buffett. This book, co-authored by Mary Buffett, former daughter in law of the legend gives insights into the investing style of Buffett – the kind of companies that interests him, the equations and techniques he uses to shortlist his investments.


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#4. Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond

Bruce Greenwald, a leading authority on value investing reveals the fundamental principles of value investing. The book illustrates the application of value investing techniques through profiles of Warren Buffett, Michael Price, Mario Gabelli, and other successful value investors.


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#5. One Up On Wall Street

Authored by Peter Lynch, marquee mutual fund manager, this book elaborates on the many advantages that an average investor has over professionals and how these advantages can help them reach financial triumph. The book explains how your knowledge alone can assist you to beat the pros of investing.


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#6. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

Authored by the pioneer of index investing, John C Bogle, this book teaches you how to make index investing work for you. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this book will show you how to incorporate passive investment strategy into your portfolio.


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#7. The Unusual Billionaires

What makes a company outstanding in real sense? Saurabh Mukherjea answers this question by analyzing eight companies that have consistently delivered stupendous revenue growth. A must-read for its valuable insights and crisp language.


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#8. Yogi On Dalal Street

Arun Thukral provides a simple overview of the complex investment ecosystem. The book dives deep into the workings of the human mind and connects with the insights of the Patanjali yoga sutra. A book that goes beyond the typical investment framework.


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#9. Common Man’s Guide to Stock Market Investing

If you are a beginner in investing in stock markets, this is ‘the’ book for you. Connecting complex stock market principles with day to day examples, Jayesh Chitalia uses a lot of humor to keep the reader engaged.


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#10. Coffee Can Investing

Coffee Can investing refers to ‘buy and forget’ style of investing. Saurabh Mukherjea guides you on how to go about low-risk investments that generate great returns.


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#11. The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing

There are essential things you should do and many other things you shouldn’t do while investing. This book addresses this concern and guides you how to utilize the basics of finance to achieve success in today’s market.


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#12. The Little Book That Beats the Market

Learn how to identify investing opportunities using a magic formula that Joel Greenblatt provides. A formula that is extremely easy to understand and can be used effectively to beat the average market returns.


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#13. The Little Book of Market Myths

Yet another gem from the little book series. Ken Fisher busts common investing myths and misconceptions and shows how the truth shall set you free to reap greater gains.


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#14. Everything You Wanted To Know About Stock Market Investing

If you are a beginner into stock market investing, this is an excellent guide to start your journey. The author Balaji Rao D G avoids technical jargons and unwanted theories and captures all the requisites for a practitioner. A perfect self-help book for a beginner into the world of investments.


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This was my list of best books on personal finance and investing. Do you have any of your favorite? Any other book that you think should feature in this list? Do drop in your comments.

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  1. I have read only a couple of these. Some are on my reading list. Looks like I have a long way to cover.

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