Here’s what I read in September of 2013. Numbers are for chronology, not rank.
1 – Rich Dad’s How to Find Great Investments by Robert Kiyosaki (audiobook): This is a 1 hour audio that gives a brief overview of investing in different asset types. According to the Amazon page, this was created as a freebie to get people to go to a seminar. It isn’t horrible, but it definitely doesn’t live up to the promise of the title.
2 – The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks: This is allegedly a comedic work, but if you decide to take a peek you’ll see that its tone is so serious that it puts Ben Stein to shame. To call it deadpan would be an insult to deadpan. Despite that criticism, it’s actually chock-full of useful survival/prepper information.
3 – Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing by Robert Kiyosaki (audiobook): This was good and very in-depth. I’d recommend getting the print book for this one, so you can dig deeper and take notes.
4 – Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki (audiobook): Another book I read ages ago, but decided to refresh on audio as I plow through Kiyosaki’s offerings. I remember it being much more useful and profound when I was less experienced. It’s actually a very good explanation of the types of income, and how to adjust yourself to each. As with most of Kiyosaki’s works, use this to formulate your strategy, but you’ll have to find your tactical stuff elsewhere.
5 – The ABCs of Real Estate Investing (Rich Dad’s Advisors) by Ken McElroy (audiobook): Being a complete noob in real estate, I found this highly informative. Unlike most of the Rich Dad stuff, this one is surprisingly systematic, giving you not just an idea to work towards, but a complete step by step plan to achieving it.
6 – Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower book 5) by Stephen King: THIS WAS THE BOOK I WANTED AFTER BOOK 3! A-fucking-mazing! I have nothing more to say. If you haven’t read this series, you’re missing out.
7 – Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (audiobook): This book is meant to recount the trek our food takes from farm to plate over a few different paths. Pollan’s storytelling ability is strong throughout. The rise of corn as the dominant species on the planet, how broken our food system really is, how it has gotten there, and how we’ve forgotten everything we’ve ever been taught by nature. Also, I can’t read the title without saying “om-nom-nomnivore’s”.
8 – Rich Dad’s Fundamental and Technical Trading by Robert Kiyosaki (audiobook): Skip this one – it’s too oversimplified to be useful, and tries to do too much. If you’re completely new to investing in stocks, I recommend you read Peter Lynch’s duo One Up On Wall Street and Beating the Street, and also William O’Neil’s How to Make Money in Stocks (dull title, great book).
9 – Becoming a Millionaire Within a Year With No Effort by John Colt: There is precisely zero useful information within this short 140 page book. Of these 140 pages, about 40% are blank or contain only chapter/section headings in giant print, and the rest are in a huge font my blind brother can read. Besides that, the author is completely unlikable through his writing, and the typos are so fucking horrendous, that even as a non-grammar Nazi I wanted to scoop my eyeballs out of their sockets with a hot spoon as penance for just having read them. If you choose to read this piece of shit, you will stop yourself repeatedly wondering what the fuck the author means by this incomprehensible passage, and then you’ll ask yourself, “Do I really hate myself so much that I can’t just stop reading and burn this book before it gets any worse?” The sole positive here is that the title of the book itself is so good that it has probably sold a lot of books to lazy people who want to get rich quick. ALSO WHILE THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, I REFUSE TO LINK TO IT OUT OF PRINCIPLE. I will not be an enabler for you to get cheated.
10 – Confessions of a Street Addict by Jim Cramer: This is Cramer’s telling of how he became interested in the stock market at a young age, how it became his obsession over the years, how it eventually led to his becoming a hedge fund manager, and the ups and downs (and drama) associated with a very public Wall Street life. Great story, in the same vein as Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (also a great read).
11 – The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (audiobook): Pollan is a great storyteller, and he tells you all about the evolution of 4 plants: apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes. The stories are fascinating, and you’ll never think of Johnny Appleseed the same.