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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Wealthy Barber Book Blogger Hop and It's Monday, what are you reading?

The Wealthy Barber
David Chilton

The question for this week’s Book Blogger Hop (September 9th-15th) is:
When you set a yearly reading goal, do you set it high to force yourself to meet that goal or do you keep it low and normally go over that goal any way? (Submitted by Elizabeth)

I don’t set yearly reading goals.  Many of the books I am asked to read are really just pamphlet length.  Therefore, one could read two or three of those in one sitting.  I don’t normally read fiction. There is just so much one can say without repeating one’s self sometimes in a non-fiction book on a particular subject.

Goodreads has taken it upon itself to set me a goal of one book a year.  I don’t post all the books I read to Goodreads.  On Goodreads, I usually only review the books that have been given to me directly by the author specifically to review.

This week I am reading The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton.  I know that most of you out
there like fiction.  The book reads very much like a fictional story.

The Wealthy Barber tells the story of a brother, a sister, and a best friend that each want to get a handle on their finances and plan for their future.  Each one has different needs.  The father of the brother and sister naturally tells them to go see his barber.

Through a series of visits to the barber, the three learn about investing and building wealth.

Since this reads very much like a story, it is easy to read and enjoy.  There are no complicated charts or graphs.  The discussions do not get theoretical at all.  Throughout the story, the barber teaches the three how to become wealthy very easily, if they follow his advice.

There are some very comical exchanges between the friends, the barber, and other barbershop patrons.

Even if you don’t normally read books on personal investing, you will probably enjoy this book.  I would give it five stars.  The version I read was from 1998 and I purchased it for 50¢ from our local Friends of the Library.  I have found this to be a great, economical way to purchase books.

There is a more updated version of the book called The Wealthy Barber Returns : Dramatically Older and Marginally Wiser, David Chilton Offers His Unique Perspectives on the World of Money.  You will probably want to ask for this book at your local library since used copies are fetching a fair premium at this time.

See you next week. 
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  1. This sounds like a fascinating book. I hadn't thought of asking my hair dresser for financial advice. Here is my weekly report. Happy reading!

  2. I am not a big fan of fiction, but this sounds good.

    1. This book, although a fictionalized tale, is a good parable that teaches sound financial practices in an easy to understand way.

  3. In the past I have read investment books and enjoyed them, a little nerdy like that! This one sounds like a really fun one with no doubt some great tips along the way.

    1. Good investment advice is given out by the barber and some of the shop regulars. The information is presented in an easy to understand way.

  4. I don't set reading goals either. Interesting pick this week. Happy Reading!

    1. Thank you. It is a good investing book for people who don't like the typical investing book. Thanks for commenting.


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