I read a lot of personal finance books. The ones that make it to this list are the ones that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey – Dave’s book is the book to read on getting out of debt. Actually, it’s about much more, but Dave is known for debt reduction and for good reason. If you commit to Dave’s system, it will work.
The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias. I don’t know if it’s the only investment guide you’ll ever need, but this book has been in print (and updated a number times) for over thirty years so it’s definitely stood the test of time. Read it for this chapter alone: You Can Get By on $165,000 a Year.
Debt-Free U by Zac Bissonnette – The subtitle to Zac’s book is “How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents” and he doesn’t disappoint. Before reading this book I thought that the only way to a debt-free education — assuming you didn’t already have a ton saved — was applying for multiple scholarships. Zac has other ideas. (You can read my interview with Zac here.)
The Simple Path to Wealth by J.L. Collins – Jim is a blogger with a huge following and for good reason. The content on his blog was originally written for his daughter, someone who knows this stuff is important, but doesn’t want to have to think about it. As a result, Jim is GREAT about simplifying “this stuff” and his investing plan is gloriously simple. He’s a Vanguard investor, which I am too, so there’s that. I highly, highly recommend his book for investors of all ages.