37 Books You Just Can’t Miss

Here are some of my all-time favorite personal finance, simple living, blogging, and just for fun, some of my favorite style and design books! I’d love to know what your favorite books are!

Money, Personal Finance, Frugal Living…

1. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence: Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

3. The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy

4. There Are No Dumb Questions About Money: Answers and Advice to Help You Make the Most of Your Finances

5. Your Money: The Missing Manual

6. The Complete Tightwad Gazette

7. The Way to Wealth: Advice, Hints, and Tips on Business, Money, and Finance

8. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

9. Spent: Break the Buying Obsession and Discover Your True Worth

10. The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

11. The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy

12. How the Economy Works: Confidence, Crashes and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

13. Borrow: The American Way of Debt (Vintage Original)

14. The Man Who Quit Money


Simple Living…

15. Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways to Regain Peace and Nourish Your Soul

16. The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life

17. Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World


Living Better, Happier, and Creating the Life You Want…

18. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

19. How Will You Measure Your Life?

20. StrengthsFinder 2.0

21. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

22. How To Win Friends and Influence People

23. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

24. The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

25. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

26. Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth

27. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

28. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard


Better Writing and Blogging…

29. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)

30. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

31. Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work–And Why Your Company Needs Them

32. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income


Style and Design…

33. Modern Vintage Style

34. Design*Sponge at Home

35. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

36. The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece

37. Style on a Shoestring: Develop Your Cents of Style and Look Like a Million without Spending a Fortune


What are your favorite books?

7 thoughts on “37 Books You Just Can’t Miss

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  1. Scott Dow

    I love reading anything by Clark Howard and Gail Vaz Oxlade. Right now, I’m reading Rrugal Matters by Patti Graham. Amazon has great ebook suggestions.

  2. Megan W

    Anna, I know you had a post about Simplicity and Zen living from Karen Maezen Miller, I’m wondering if you have read any of her books? Her new book “Hand Wash Cold” is great :)
    Thanks for compiling this list! I’m interested in quite a few of them. I’ll have to pick some up from the library!

  3. Lisa


    If you had to pick one right now to read, which one would you choose? They all sound so interesting. It is overwhelming as I am a book junkie!!! The only one I have read is your money or your life. I don’t have the updated version, though!!!

      1. Lisa

        I will have to ask for that for Christmas. We are doing the four step plan with our family to save a bit of cash….something we want, something we need, something to wear, and something to read. Figures to cut our Christmas spending by about half!!! Thanks for the recommendation.


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