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Below are a couple of reading lists. The first is what I'm currently reading. The second is my favorite books split into various categories. Books are listed in no particular order and I chose not to describe the books because I think it's valuable for you to research them on their own.


What I'm Currently Reading


What I've Recently Read


What's On Deck



Personal Finance

  • Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People by Jane Bryant Quinn

  • Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton

  • The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko

  • How to Think About Money by Jonathan Clements

  • The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan by Larry Swedroe

  • Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler



  • Asset Allocation by Roger Gibson and Christopher Sidoni

  • Winning the Loser's Game by Charles Ellis

  • The Elements of Investing by Burton Malkiel and Charles Ellis

  • The Intelligent Asset Allocator by William Bernstein

Financial Psychology

  • Mind Over Money by Brad Klontz and Ted Klontz

  • Loaded by Sarah Newcomb

  • The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

  • The Seven Stages of Money Maturity by George Kinder



  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

  • Listening Well by William Miller

  • Say What You Mean by Oren Jay Sofer

  • Opening Up by Writing It Down by James Pennebaker and Joshua Smyth



  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

  • Happier, No Matter What by Tal Ben-Shahar

  • Being Happy by Tal Ben-Shahar



  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris

  • Waking Up by Sam Harris

  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Buddha's Brain by Rick Hansen



  • Thanks! by Robert Emmons

  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  • The Resilience Factor by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte

Life Design

  • The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware

  • Essential by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

  • Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar



  • A Guide to the Good Life by William Irvine

  • Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson

  • The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman


Living Well

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

  • How to Fail at Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek


  • Life in Light of Death by James Lindsay

  • Staring at the Sun by Irvin Yalom

  • The Worm at the Core by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski

Life and Wonder

  • You, A Natural History by William Irvine

  • How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

  • Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hansen


Contact Derek

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