This is probably not a timely topic when the economy is doing worse than ever and our 401k have taken a big hit. However, before the shelter in place orders in my city I borrowed three books from the library and still have these since everything is closed. I had been wanting to read personal finance books for a while but never got a chance. So it was an opportunity for me to read and see if I can learn something new. I have been following a few personal finance blogs: Mr.MoneyMustache, Making sense of cents, and budgets are sexy etc. but hadn’t read a book yet. Disclaimer: I do not use budget. I tried a couple of times but I found that I am more of a conscious shopper instead of someone who can stick to a budget. So the books I read: 1. Nine steps to financial freedom by Suze Orman. I liked this book quite a bit. It aligns with my philosophy of not just earning money but creating and sharing wealth. It is a great beginner book (Personal finance 101) and walks through different investment portfolio etc. It also helped us actually take time and write a will. If you are a personal finance novice, I would recommend this book. 2. The soul of money: Reclaiming the wealth of our inner resources. By Lynne Twist. This is not really a personal finance book per se but I enjoyed reading it nevertheless. There were parts that I didn’t care much but generally the book does a good job in examining our attitude towards money. Giving is a powerful feeling and Lynne brings this message home. The book offers an insight into our values and shows how the feeling of scarcity can be replaced by sufficiency. This is book more about the dharma of money. 3. Your Money Life: Your 40s. By Peter Dunn. Both my spouse and I turned 40 last year so it seemed an appropriate book for us in early 40s. This was by far the least useful book for me. It is well suited for people who are not well organized and have a lot of debt. Half of the book is about debt management and other half actually talks about the finance management. It would have been a good book when I first moved to the USA and started managing my own finances. I can see that there are some useful tips and budget tables with suggested percentages in each category. All in all, it was refreshing to read the different book on a subject different from my usual reading. It was also nice to know that we are doing well financially. I will talk about my own financial journey in another post.