8 (Great) Recent Reads Revealed


This post is the first in a planned series called Recent Reads Revealed, where I’ll share my reading list ~ I’m curious about yours too!

Are you ever curious what other people are reading?  I am ~ especially when I know we have some similar interests!

I Love To Read and research things. So, now and then, I plan to post my Recent Reads in the hope it could be of value for others. I’d love to get a reading list conversation going within the community, so I welcome your comments!

Some of these books may eventually be reviewed in a separate Book Review post, especially if they’re related to the main Sustainable Themes topics of personal finance, environment, or healthy living.

What have you read lately that you liked? What’s on your reading list?

As I ‘reveal’ my Recent Reads, I notice it’s a slightly eclectic mixture of selections; some that have something to do with personal finance or sustainability, a few about healthy living,  and still others that are just for fun!

(Please note – the links below are Amazon affiliate links, and this site benefits if you use them to buy a book, but your local library should have several of these titles)

Retirement & Investing

The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World ♦♦♦
(R. Paul Herman, 2010) – I’ve begun evaluating whether I can cost-effectively make my investments more sustainable and impactful, so I finally got around to reading this book. It has been on my shelf since I attended a great presentation by the author a few years ago while studying Sustainable Management, and I wish I had read it sooner. If you’re interested in making a profit AND some sort of positive human impact with your investment portfolio, it’s definitely worth a read. HIP = Human Impact + Profit  (more about this topic in a future post – are you interested in this?)

Can I Retire Yet? How to Make the Biggest Financial Decision of the Rest of Your Life ♦♦♦♦♦
(Darrow Kirkpatrick, 2016) – I just finished this one, and it’s a really valuable resource! I’m going to post a separate book review soon. It’s a well written, easy read and I highly recommend it to anyone who is contemplating early or traditional retirement, or has recently retired from full time work (I left 4 years ago and still found it to be a helpful guide).

The Simple Path To Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life ♦♦♦♦♦ (*Possible graduation gift idea)
(J L Collins, 2016) – As a recent fan of Jim’s financial blog, and especially the Stock Series, I found this book to be a page-turner, especially helpful for those in the wealth-accumulation phase of their lives. It’s a great example of how to share financial wisdom with the next generation in your family (see earlier review).

Work Less, Live More: The Way to Semi-Retirement ♦♦♦♦♦
(Robert Clyatt, 2007) – I recently enjoyed a re-read of this classic about the way to semi-retirement that was a key part of my inspiration to leave my corporate job at age 51 (see related post).

Healthy Living & Relationships 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life ♦♦♦♦♦
(Barbara Kingsolver, 2008) – From one of my very favorite authors of smart fiction as well as essays, this is a wonderful, eye-opening book to inspire fresh thinking about local, seasonal food. For one year, this family’s goal was to only buy food raised in their own area, grow it themselves, or live without it. Truly frugal, sustainable, and healthy living (but a bit too ambitious for me at the moment)!

Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body ♦♦♦♦
(Michael Matthews, 2014) – This book has helped me learn how to build & maintain strength as I grow older. In my late 40’s I noticed a gradual loss of muscle mass, and I’m now rebuilding so I can continue to enjoy all the physical activities I’m now happy to have time for!

The Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out…
(Shonda Rhimes, 2015) – As an avid Grey’s Anatomy fan, and an early retiree in tune to how I’ll decide to spend my new-found time, this book title grabbed my interest.  I’ve ‘said yes’ to more invitations and engaged more with my friends since reading it, which is especially important now that I’ve left my daily work social circle.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love & Loss ♦♦♦♦
(Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, 2016) – I found this an interesting and thought-provoking ‘conversation’ between CNN’s Anderson Cooper and his Mom. I didn’t know much about Gloria’s unusual life story, and I especially enjoyed the later chapters where we learned insights and life lessons from both authors. My own parents are getting up there in age, and this book reminded me of how meaningful the relationships with our parents can be and inspired me to learn more about them as people, and not just parents.

So that’s it for the first episode of Recent Reads Revealed, but I’m looking forward to opening a new book soon! Do you have any good recommendations for me? 


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