As we count down to the new year, we get to reflect and prepare with resolutions for what’s ahead. Whether it’s finding the motivation to exercise every day, knocking that sugar addiction, or mustering up the strength to negotiate a raise, resolutions are a way for us to take charge of our future.
We all want to live a better, healthier, and richer life. Exercise and eating well are incredibly important—and taking the steps towards greater financial security is also a key path to achieving your major life goals.
So, what is the antidote to these goals? Knowledge first. And then, if you choose, action to follow. I’ve found that the best place to start is through a good read. So we read Amazon’s book reviews and polled our editors to curate our own library of premier money management books for women. Go on–read yourself smarter.
Scroll down for our top picks to help you take control of your money and make 2018 your year.
Reviews Say: “It is so nice to read a book from an author who has the work experience to support her dialogue! Sallie Krawcheck includes wisdom and wit in this remarkable book. I feel like I have started the new year off right by reading this one. Just purchased two more copies for my college-aged daughters!!!” writes one Amazon customer.
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About this: If you’re interested in reflecting upon and exploring the relationship between women and money, this is for you. Suze Orman is widely considered an expert in finance and offers financial and emotional tools for “Owning the power to control your destiny.”
Reviews Say: “I love this book from Suze Orman. It was my first read from her, although I’ve read many of her articles and seen her on TV, just had not her books. I think it’s important that she designed this book for women, because she appeals to many of the emotional qualities and specific personality traits that sometimes as obstacles for women in their financial lives. She points out the need for women to stand up to traditional gender roles when it comes to managing money, so that they can be involved in their own financial future,” writes Liz Miller.
About this: Practical and applicable, Alice Finn breaks down her wealth management expertise into digestible pieces of information that will stick in Smart Women Love Money: 5 Simple, Life-Changing Rules of Investing.
Reviews Say: “Excellent read! Great for both men and women just starting to invest. Combines the essentials with good practices that help to insure investing success & more,” Ron T. writes.
About this: The title says it all. Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together…Finally is written for those of us that find many aspects of finance uninteresting and daunting. Lapin’s advice is both parts useful and entertaining.
Reviews Say: “This book is the perfect tool for millennial women to finally understand money and what to do with it. I learned so much about money from this book and it opened a lot of discussion about money in my relationship and family,” writes Ashley Acuff
About this: You may recognize O’Leary as “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s Shark Tank. O’Leary’s Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them is filled with practical advice; and what money mistakes to avoid making.
Reviews Say: “This book is partially an autobiography, he gives advice based on his own experiences. I bought this book mainly because i wanted to learn how to invest my money and save for retirement. What i got was sound advice for every stage in life, and some funny laughs along the way,” Sierra Parman writes.
About this: Cary Siegel takes lessons learned in his own life to write a book full of advice for anyone at any age in Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By.
Reviews Say: “This is the first book I have read which allows the reader to actually learn personal money management skills. It is a must read. The layout makes this book exceptional and easy to learn from,” writes Gabrielle Star.
About this: Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties is a New York Times Bestseller written for those navigating the world of finance in their 20’s and 30’s
Reviews Say: “I found this to be a well-organized guide to personal finance. Though most of the information is good for 20s and 30s year-olds, it’s also applicable later in life. (And as the book points out, it’s never too late to start being smart with money.) This book is a great starter for good financial habits,” one Amazon customer writes.
About this: Former financial advisor Rachel Richards uses humor and a tough-love approach to teaching finance how-to’s in Money Honey: A Simple 7-Step Guide For Getting Your Financial $hit Together.
Reviews Say: “From start to finish this book was a great read. It is informative, and yet still so easy to follow and incorporate into every day life. This is the prefect book for anyone who is starting from square one when it comes to money management, as well as those just looking hone up on their money management skills. Highly recommend!” writes Lee Wilson.
About this: Jen Sincero will help motivate you to find the financial freedom you so desire in You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.
Reviews Say: “I love her writing style. This book will help anyone wanting to get their mind and heart sorted on Money. It has lots of take aways and exercises at the end of each chapter that you need to take action on to reach your full potential,” Mark Smith writes.