The Book Club

Do you consider yourself adventurous? Someone who likes to try new things? One of the easiest ways to explore is to read books from many different fields. But figuring out what to read can take forever, so let me do the work. I read about 100 books each year, and will narrow those down to a small list for you.  You’ll receive these suggestions at the beginning of each month. I only suggest the best of what I read. As a sample, here were my 15 favorite books from 2015 and from 2016.

For a deeper dive, here are all of the books I’ve recommended in the past (updated once per year).

The benefits of reading–enjoyment and knowledge–compound over time, so I invite you to join me on this reading journey. As a bonus to get you started, you’ll receive a link to a full investor curriculum (books, articles, papers, and videos) after signing up. 

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Book Reviews

Under-the-Radar Investment Books

I cannot find a good new investing book. It’s driving me nuts. Maybe you are in the same boat? If so, here are several “under-the-radar” books from my Evernote archives. If you know of more, leave suggestions in the comments. If you want to receive suggestions like this every month, sign up for the book…

Bullet-Proof Book Recommendations

Every month for the past 16 months, I’ve emailed a group a list of 4-6 book suggestions. Last November, about 1,000 people were on the list, and today we are up to 4,000 and growing fast. I get a ton of feedback on the books I suggest along with dozens of recommendations for other books…

Stolen Prose

Its summer, I don’t write about topics like Grexit, and I am deep into several research projects, so in the meantime I thought I’d post something entirely different, that just might help you find your next book. The following is an arrangement of sentences and passages that I wish I’d written, pieced together into a…

A Wealth of Common Sense

You are who you read. Those who read Ben Carlson’s writing are better for it. He is honest, succinct, and full of insight for investors of all stripes. I’ve never interviewed anyone or published a guest post, but today I make an exception because this guy has become such a valuable resource for investors, and…

Exploring One of the Greatest Investment Passages Ever Written

Here’s how to find amazing quotes and passages: find great writers, and then find the passages that they reference. Having followed this plan quite a lot, I’ve noticed that many of the best writers are J.M. Keynes junkies. The man was as quotable as they come. One great writer, George Goodman (aka “Adam Smith”), put…

Mass Movements in Money Management

Wouldn’t it be great to create a mass movement that improved lives and/or created a successful business? Like so many phenomena which recur through history, mass movements have a sort of formula. This formula is a great tool for sales, for innovation, for creating communities, and for building new categories within an existing business. There…

The Best Books on Creativity

Two or so times per year, I share one of the emails which I send out to members of our growing book club, which just passed 3,500 people. Below, I share my favorite list of books in a while. Over the past 6-12 months, I’ve read almost 50 books on my favorite topic: creativity. I…

The Best Quote from the Last Five Investing Books I’ve Read

The $10 I spend on a book buys me a batch of passages and notes. I love to extract the best bits of good books. With some books, I highlight more than 100 passages. 20 is more typical. Here is my single favorite passage from the last five investing books I’ve read (I had to…

Why Reading Books Is the Best Thing You Can Do

I was asked a fun question the other day: what is your top advice is for new college graduates? On CNBC, several of us answered the question, and my advice was simple: read as many books as possible. If you want to be interesting, interested, successful, and happy, then there is no substitute for reading….

Knights, Warlord Entrepreneurs, and Innovation

I am invigorated by the amount of innovation that is flowing today, no matter how crazy the associated business valuations may be; there is nothing more exciting than dealing in ideas that may change things for the better—from the individual to the global scale. To keep the momentum and motivation going, we can learn a…