Choosing the Next Billfold Book Club Book


After our absolutely epic discussion of Helaine Olen’s Pound Foolish, I am a bit nervous that our next Billfold Book Club book might pale in comparison.

However, I am still pressing forward. Here are a few suggestions for us to consider, and leave your own suggestions in the comments:

My top suggestion is The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success by Roger James Hamilton, for two reasons:

• It’s a new book (first published in 2014), meaning it probably won’t have outdated advice like “buy real estate!” or “get a savings account with 12% interest!”

• Hamilton promises to teach us how to travel up the seven levels of personal finance, from “Victim” to “Conductor” to “Legend.” LIKE SNOWPIERCER. We’re going to walk through the train of personal finance until we become conductors and then become legends.

Another new book worth considering is Kevin O’Leary’s Cold Hard Truth on Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How To Fix Them. Kevin O’Leary is, of course, from Shark Tank, the American Idol for entrepreneurs.

We could also read any of the standard PF books that we haven’t yet covered, including Millionaire Next DoorTotal Money MakeoverYour Money Or Your Life, etc.

Or, you know, we could just read David Allen’s Getting Things Done. Mwah ha ha.

What do you think?


8 Comments / Post A Comment

CeeEm (#5,833)

Unrelated to book club, I am seeing Snowpiercer tomorrow night. How excited should I be (1-10)?

HelloTheFuture (#5,275)

@CeeEm 10 10 10 10 10

allreb (#502)

I am, by coincidence, in the midst of reading Getting Things Done, so I vote for that.

ThatJenn (#916)

Out of these, I’d vote for The Millionaire Master Plan based entirely on the fact that I can get it from my local library as an ebook.

I can’t remember if I said this before – I think I have – but if we were interested in something other than a personal finance book one month in the future, perhaps we could think about a memoir or a history that has money or financial systems as a focus (Young Money, Lords of Finance, Stress Test, or something – I haven’t read any of those three so I’m honestly not sure which might be interesting and which might be tiresome and/or dry).

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

I vote for “Getting Things Done” mostly because I’ve been feeling very guilty about my procrastination habits lately. I have failed to acquire and complete both of the previous Book Club selections, but am turning over a new leaf now.

sherlock (#3,599)

I am perplexed by the title of the Kevin O’Learly book. It makes it sound like the premise of the book is for the advice to be gendered, but I don’t see any other reference to that angle in the book descriptions or review excerpts.

HelloTheFuture (#5,275)

@sherlock Maybe he’s just saying that his advice applies to both men and women? Because “The Cold Hard Truth About People And Money” was less of a catchy title?

Aunt Scar (#5,377)

I have a book out from the library called Money Changes Everything that came out in 2007–it’s a collection of essays musing on windfalls, debt, brokeness. Haven’t started it yet.

I’d like to reread Your money Or Your Life because I feel some epic rants building.

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