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List the last book you read and would recommend.

Harry S. Truman said, “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

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    • Khaki Storm
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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    I purchased this over a year ago, but it collected dust until last week. Great read, very short. Really makes you think about life, your choices, and your attitude. The book is QBQ! The Question Behind the Question. https://qbq.com/qbq-the-question-behind-the-question/

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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    Paul Cowell's book, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished or Unrewarded,  teaches you how to help someone without creating a toxic relationship. My wife and I met the him in 2015. The book is a guide for those in the position of helping others (which is all of us) to be educated and wise givers. Paul was not always a wise giver, and ended up ruining relationships before he realized what he was doing wrong. The lessons are supported by Bible scripture and written from a Christian worldview and there's a fair amount of psychology referenced as well. It is an easy read at about 140 pages. The first time I read it I stopped several times to reflect on the lessons, so it took a few days. I recently picked it up again to review every page. https://www.amazon.com/Good-Deed-Goes-Unpunished-Unrewarded-ebook/dp/B01KG74P7K

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    • Khaki Storm
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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    P.S. I buy most of my books used from Amazon or ebay. I also usually buy an edition behind for a very good deal. At least for business books and self improvement books, I've not found much change from a first edition to a second edition. I've tried stores like half-price books, but I usually know exactly what I want and they don't have it. If I was just shopping without a specific title in mind, maybe used books stores like them would work out, but that's not how I shop. 

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    • Khaki Storm
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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    I'm in the middle of reading Half Time. The book is not very long, but the questions it raises are going to take some time to reflect on. Highly recommend. It's written by a Christian and quotes the Bible, but also quotes many other sources. Great book for those nearly 30 or older. Halftime Significance by Bob P Buford. 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Ben Khaki Storm Highly recommend, if you're ready for it. How will you know? The author gives a couple of clues, such as "Have you worked hard for success, getting win after win, but they seem less fulfilling now?" or "Have you been reacting to career moves (lay offs, unsolicited offers) and feel like you should take more control?" It was easy to read, but the questions are tough. The author suggests it will take readers a long time to work through the questions. I'm guessing it will take me months, lots of planning/thinking/researching to do.

      I would suggest the newer edition (2015). The older edition I read (1997) still talked about car phones and fax machines. The new edition promises brand new real life stories which should be more relatable.

      I was having a hard time relating to some of the stories because they were mostly of CEOs or other executives. I got over it. People are people and they have the same needs. That's just the circle of friends the author came from. Maybe that's addressed a bit in the new edition, don't know.

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    • Khaki Storm
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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money by Carl Richards. This was recommended to me. Before giving up $18.20, has anyone read this or anything by Carl Richards? I'm unfamiliar with his work.

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    • Ben Khaki Storm Have you checked your library? I tend to need a test-run with books. If I Love it, then I buy it. :)

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      Faness that's a good idea, except it library it's that great. It's very small (like the size of a house) and takes a long time for requests to come in. 

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    • Ben Khaki Storm Oh no, sorry that wasn't much help! I looked and there's only 19 pages to preview on Google (the introduction and first two pages of the first chapter). If you do end up buying it, I hope you'll share your thoughts! :)

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      Faness That you for looking. That's always a good place to check! I'll find a way. There's an audio on Google Play for $14.95 No tax. 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Faness I found it for about $7, including shipping at /www.thriftbooks.com/ 

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    • Ben Khaki Storm Nice find! I'm now awaiting your opinion. ;)

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Faness Here's the first opinion, Thrift Books used someone called One Stop Mailing as the shipper and they must still be using horses. If the tracking is accurate, the book has traveled from the state it shipped and across one state in 7 days and it is still two states away. I think it's in the USPS hands now, so maybe things will speed up.

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    • Ben Khaki Storm Recently, we ordered computer parts that came in separate shipments. The part from overseas arrived over a week before the part coming from just a few states over. Different mail carriers have their own rules to unfollow. ;)

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Faness The book showed up. It's in great condition for a used book. First dive in, it looks like a great companion book to YNAB book. Also, I did find it for free at the library! It's not really in the library system, but they allow me to log into Hoopla with my library card. Hoopla had it as a audio book. 

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    • Ben Khaki Storm You have piqued my interest! I may have to give it a chance next time I'm at the library. :)

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      Faness The author just mentioned YNAB and Jesse. It's is truly a companion book. See if your library has Hoopla Digital subscription and listen to the book for free :) 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      Ben Khaki Storm Absolutely recommend The One-Page Financial Plan! Great advice for all stages of life and finances. Many good take-a-ways! About 4 hours if you really stick to it or listen to an audio book (found free one at the library's link to hoopladigital.com) 

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    • Ben Khaki Storm Thanks for the update! It may be a while before I get to it, but it's now on my list! :)

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  • The 3 best personal finance books I've read:

    • All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren
    • Bogleheads Guide to Investing
    • Little Book of Common Sense Investing by the late Jack Bogle

    Between those, YNAB and the Bogleheads forums, that's about all I need for now on those subjects.

    The last book I read was Time Travellers Strictly Cash by Spider Robinson.

    Currently reading the Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Started January 27th and about halfway through. The writing is just incredible.

    Not exactly sure what will be up next, but it'll probably be May before I get to the next book. I've been thinking about going through F. Scott Fitzgerald's works. Or I might go back to Spider Robinson for more from the Callahan's series, which really touches on humanity in some interesting ways.

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      nolesrule Thank you for the post. I'm starting to think no one else reads books or short stories. I'm not big on horror, but this year I've discovered a lot of older (40's, 50's)  short stories that I like. I was listening to a friend's satellite radio playing X-Minus One radio show from the 40's and thinking the plots are better than any Star Trek episodes I grew up with.

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      Ben Khaki Storm I'm not a fan of horror in general, but the stories are just so well written, and some of my favorite science fiction writers have done Lovecraft homages in their books, tv and film that I wanted to understand why. Oh, before the Spider Robinson books, I read every Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you've ever seen BBC's Sherlock, even though they modernized it, they really nailed the characterization from the stories.

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    • nolesrule +1 for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agreed on BBC's version of Sherlock! 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      nolesrule I think I have those Holmes books around the house somewhere, but I've never read them.

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      Ben Khaki Storm Here's another vote for Sherlock Holmes.  When I was younger, I had a large book, which was the complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  I haven't seen it in years, and was in half price books a couple  months ago, and saw it for like $9.99.  So I got it.  

      I had read it long ago, but think it might be time for a revisit.

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      I got my Complete Sherlock Holmes on the Kindle for $5. My Complete HP Lovecraft was $1. As much as I love a real, physical book, I just don't have room for them anymore, and there are some great deals to be had on public domain works. And surprisingly the Kindle Paperwhite is easy on the eyes in all lighting conditions.

      Lovecraft for $1. I've been reading it since January 27th and am just now 60% through. Can't beat the price.

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      nolesrule I'm a https://www.gutenberg.org fan. Although, I don't check it nearly as often as I should.

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      nolesrule Completely agree with you about Kindle Paperwhite!  Easy on the eyes, and much preferred over paper books (not to mention the space savings, that you already brought up).  For some reason, I just really felt like owning that book. 

      Ben Khaki Storm I keep talking with my friend at work about https://www.gutenberg.org and intending to get a couple volumes, but haven't yet.  I need to get on it.  

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  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova . Great book in the spirit of Bram Stoker's Dracula. 

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    • Khaki Storm
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    • Khaki_Storm.1
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    The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards. It's like they last couple of chapters on investments from The One Page Financial Plan on are reviewed and give greater detail. Key themes are to make a plan, stick to the plan, don't make decisions on emotions, and don't chase quick money. 

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      • nolesrule
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      Ben Khaki Storm Sounds a bit like the Bogleheads investment philosophy.

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      • Khaki Storm
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      • Khaki_Storm.1
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      nolesrule yes, many of the reviews seem similar. I've got your book on my future reading or listening list :) 

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  • I really just enjoyed Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee: https://www.amazon.com/Joyful-Surprising-Ordinary-Extraordinary-Happiness/dp/0316399264

    It was a quick read but I'm already thinking ways to bring more little (budget-friendly!) joy into our home!

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Chrissy thanks for sharing

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  • Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever NeedFinancial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need, by Grant Sabatier

    The 30-Day Money Cleanse, by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley 

    Both good reads. I’m also reading Robert Kiysokai’s books. I don’t agree with him on several matters, but he’s dead on correct about financial literacy. 

    Speaking of personal finance books, every time I read one of them I find that the authors really should know about YNAB. They often suggest pen and paper solutions to budgeting or they recommend that you track your expenses going though your checking account, whereas YNAB typically addresses all the tracking and reporting one needs to for staying on top of personal finances. 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Bakari Those sound good. My future reading list keeps growing. 

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      Bakari I'm half way thru the 30 day money cleanse, it's very good.  I started listening to it at lunch and some of this evening (really like free audiobooks from the library) 

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      Ben Khaki  I purchased the hardback copy of that book at Barnes and Noble, because it was actually sale price cheaper than the Amazon price. It was quick read, and had a some exercises like the Spending Guidelines that I find useful for reviewing where I could cut back in my budget. However, some of things she ask reader to do in the book can be more effectively done with YNAB. 

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      • Khaki Storm
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      Bakari I'm just listening, so I know I'm missing out on a the worksheets and such. Good suggestion on shopping, I usually think of them as expensive. 

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    The Beggar's Purse: A Fairy Tale of Familiar Finance by Samuel Hopkins Adams. This short story is from early 1900's. Contains stereotypical characters of the time and many words or cultural references I had to look up (i.e. "he let the red caps fly by", turns out it's a drink he didn't order). If you can look past all that, it's a good story of a guy getting a magical wallet (called a purse, then) for 1 day. The wallet has a bad attitude when he spends money wastefully. Yes, it comes to life briefly. I didn't spoil anything, because that happens early in the story. The question is how does he get along for the day. 

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  • Reading  'Your Money  or Your  Life - a practical guide to getting-and staying- on top of your finances ' by Alvin Hall.

    Very good, practical,  matches with YNAB well. The edition  I am reading is UK specific for all the links and examples which is fantastic. 

    My Fiction reading list is far too long to list, but one title is To Hold Infinity  by John Meaney. SF from 1988.

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  • The last book that I read was The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi an Indian fellow. I was suggested to read this by one of my staff worker who belongs to India. It has been a great experience going through that novel.

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  • Have also enjoyed many of the books already recommended.  Just found "The Wealthy Gardener" and I'm really enjoying it.  

    Any other votes for "Clan of the Cave Bear" series?  I love Ayla and Jondalar.

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      • Khaki Storm
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      MsTJ thanks, added to my reading list!

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  • Reading EE Smith's Lensemen series now. Currently on Book 5. It's enjoyable, but not overly serious. The books began as serial publications.

    When I'm done, I'm going to read Becoming Superman, the memoir of  writer/creator J. Michael Straczynzki. I've been a fan of his since he created Babylon 5, but he's written so much more than that, including the post 9/11 issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

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  • The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins.  This book is about investing and is in line with bogle heads and Jack Bogle's book Common Since Investing but I feel it has more detail.  I wish I had the knowledge and strategy of these 2 books early in my career.  Both books talk about using index funds and picking your investing ratio of stocks vs bonds and sticking to it.

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