I’m a sloooow reader–so I’m never going to impress anyone with the total number of books I read in a year (other than myself!). But I do try to immerse myself in as much reading as possible each year.
In the past, I’d try to read a lot of specifically financial books considering my vocation as a financial advisor and writer, and I confess I even suffered guilt about reading anything other than non-fiction until more recently. But because of my conviction that personal finance is more personal than it is finance, I’ve worked to broaden my base of reading.
This year in particular, I learned a lot about people (and therefore money) through biographies, historical non-fiction and fiction, books on charity and spirituality, and an increasing number of well-written novels, in addition to a couple financial books. (Otherwise, I’ve found that the world of financial planning is so ever-changing that I get the most current information I need from articles, white papers (zzzzzzzz), blog posts, podcasts and conferences.)
Below you’ll see my top three favorite books that I completed in 2017 with short reviews, followed by a list of the remaining books I read this year and links to my Goodreads reviews:
3. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
There’s not much more to say than, “Wow.” This book is a masterpiece, and it’s impossible not to leave it without concluding, again, that Lincoln was a mastermind. His ability to be civil while strong, conciliatory while persuasive, articulate without condescension, and especially to be a friend to political foes whom he knew sought to undermine him–all at the unquestionable height of our country’s political division–seems so far from what is exhibited in our present.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is certainly among those precious few non-fiction writers who craft a narrative out of lifeless facts that comes to life like a novel, without sacrificing any of its veracity.
To be clear, this book is neither new (it was published in 2006) nor short (944 pages–I “read” it on Audible), but it seems at no time more prescient–or necessary–than now.