Category: read

read: millionaire teacher

2 book posts in one week?! Craziness, I know but I had been waiting for the Millionaire Teacher from the library for months so I had to make sure I finished it and it was definitely worth the wait.

While I still think everyone should start with Wealthing Like Rabbits, as it’s the perfect introduction, I think Millionaire Teacher is the next book every young person should read. Millionaire Teacher is written by, fittingly, a Millionaire Teacher, who explains the basics of investing. I found it really help me understand the different types of stocks and bonds available and I’ve even decided to take his advice (wish me luck).

Even if you decide not to start investing the way he does, it’s an interesting perspective on the issues with stock markets and the problems with the attitudes people usually take when investing.

It’s a fairly quick read, if you’ve ever wanted a run down on investing, I would recommend reading the Millionaire Teacher, just be prepared for a long wait if you’re getting it from TPL.

read: girl on the train

I know, I’m waaaay behind on reading “Girl on the Train”, but it was available at the library for my ereader (which I’ve been having a ton of problems with but that’s a rant for another time). This book was slated as the next “Gone Girl” and I can see why. The story is set up in a narrative I really enjoy, with multiple people narrating different sections of the book.

The story is not surprisingly, about a girl who takes a train every day to work, passing by houses, and we’ve all done it, creating stories about the people she sees everyday, while also constantly passing her old house, where she lived with her ex-husband. She struggles to get her life on track after the divorce and looks to find purpose in her life again. The mystery around her life, her ex-husband’s life and the characters she creates makes for an interesting story with twists I definitely did not see coming. This was a novel that I had a hard time putting down and read really quickly.

So, if you’re behind like me and wondering if it’s worth picking up – I would recommend it, particularly if you like that style of novel.

read: the other einstein

So, for my birthday last month, I got a present that I had been majorly hinting at – the kobo aura. I had wanted it so I could read books in bed without having to get up when I was done to turn off the light, or keep the lights on when my fiance was trying to sleep #firstworldproblems.
The first book I borrowed from the library was ‘the other einstein’, a historical fiction novel about Albert Einstein’s wife, Mileva Maric. A brilliant women, they met in university at a time when it was thought to be foolish for women to go to university. The story follows them throughout their marriage and her struggle with her desire to remain in the world of science while supporting her husband and children.
A very interesting novel, I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of historical fiction.
What’s on your summer reading list?

read: jackdaws

So, I finished Jackdaws by Ken Follett a couple of weeks ago, but since I read it for a book club, I held off the post until after I had met with them.

Jackdaws is a story from two points of view, set during the war we have the point of view of Flick, a British woman working with the French Resistance and a German solider living in occupied France. It was a book I borrowed from the library, which only gave me three weeks to read it, and I didn’t start reading it until a week after I borrowed it so I was afraid I was not going to finish it but it was so captivating, I couldn’t put it down. The story takes place in the week up to D-Day in occupied France as Flick and her team of women work to undermine the German forces in France. There were a number of points in the book however that I found too graphic and I had to skip over but the story was so important it was worth reading. I wasn’t sure after the first couple of chapters that I was going to be able to get through it but I’m so glad I did.

The book is incredible, if you’re a fan of historic fiction, I would definitely recommend it. Although, I would like to read something a little lighter next time so I’m taking suggestions!

 

read: disrupt yourself

On my journey to read 30 books this year, I’m trying to read more personal development style books. Disrupt Yourself was recommended to me, and I will be honest, it wasn’t my favourite.

The idea behind Disrupt Yourself is that you can do with your career, what others have done with organizations like Uber and AirBnB. “Disrupters” find parts of the market that are largely ignored by competitors and then overnight, they explode. Disrupt Yourself is about examples of people who took risks in their careers and those risks lead to bigger rewards. Although I thought the book had a few good examples, I thought it was a little repetitive, and it was only about 100 pages. I think the stories would have made great blog posts or a podcast series.

So, this wasn’t my favourite book that I’ve read in 2017, it did have some interesting stories, if you’re interested in learning more about the “disrupter” idea, this book may be a good place to start (it’s also available at the library) but some people may be a little tired of the term and should maybe just check out a blog post or two.

must read: the nazi officier’s wife

I picked up this book a few months ago on a very rare Costco trip and only recently got around the reading it. The Nazi Officer’s Wife is the story of how one Jewish woman survived the Holocaust. The story is based on the life of Edith Hahn Beer, a young woman from Austria. I have read a number of books about the Second World War and the Holocaust and was surprised that I had never heard of this type of experience.

The story begins before the war, where she tells stories of her boyfriend, her family and attending law school. She recounts in remarkable details her experiences in slave labour camps, going underground and eventually living in Munich where she meets her husband. It’s a very good book, I was so enthralled I couldn’t put it down. Edith had also saved many photos and documents which she includes in the book, which are really remarkable.

I would definitely recommend the Nazi Officer’s Wife if you have any interest in biographies or history, it’s definitely worth the read!

must read: wealthing like rabbits

Another book that I had for months before finally picking it up. I got this book at an event for young professionals about personal finance run by the lovely Jessica Moorhouse.

Wealthing Like Rabbits proclaims itself as an introduction to personal finance but I think that those who know the introduction should still read this book as a refreshed. There were a lot of things in this book that I knew the basics of, a mortgage, an RRSP, credit cards but I also learned some things about other types of loans and also put what I did know back in to perspective. Sometimes I can forget that I can one day be mortgage-free, because it seems so far in the future, it seems so hard to believe but I recently renewed my mortgage at a much lower interest rate, by not changing what I’m already paying, I took over two years off my mortgage. Not only is that time, but it’s money, it’s a heck of a lot of interest that I don’t have to pay the bank. That, coupled with reading this book has inspired me to stay on paying down my mortgage. It’s also reminded me that I need to start saving more in my RRSP. Somewhat unrelated, but kind of related, my friend Jessica Moorhouse was recently talking about her vision board, which I’ve said I should do but her post with this book, it’s happening this weekend! I’m getting my collage on!

The first endorsement for this book on the cover is “Smart, funny and totally relatable” by the queen of finance, Gail Vaz-Oxlade. It’s hard to imagine a finance book being funny but this is exactly that. I knew it was off to a good start when the opening line of the book is a Simpsons quote. He also references video games, zombies and Tony Soprano. The book was funny enough that I laughed out loud on the subway, and I’m sure other people thought “is that weird girl laughing at a finance book”, absolutely I was and they should read it too.

I would definitely recommend this book for every 20-something, 30-something, 40-something etc, who wants to know more about the basics of personal finance. Like I said that Hidden Figures should be shown in every math class, this book should be a mandatory read for math or careers or basically any other course in high school. Too many people don’t know even the basics of how money works and that’s how they end up in trouble. This book has a lot of advice, and not all of it may be the best fit for everyone but it will definitely make you think differently about money and have a great time doing it!