Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August Book Review

Wow, August was quite the reading month! With premarital counseling for our upcoming marriage, Financial Peace University, book club selections, and small group...it was a huge month, totaling just under 2,000 pages read and 13 books!

  1. Fervent by Priscilla Shirer (208 Pages)
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (152 Pages)
  3. Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (85 Pages)
  4. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (285 Pages)
  5. Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (63 Pages)
  6. Sherlock Holmes: The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (52 Pages)
  7. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott (160 Pages)
  8. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Women’s Workbook by Leslie Parrott (96 Pages)
  9. Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (76 Pages)
  10. The Complete Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey (330 Pages)
  11. Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey (386 Pages)
  12. Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (40 Pages)
  13. Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (90 pages)

Total: 1,987 Pages

At the beginning of the year, I was planning on finishing the book I’ve been working on for a few years...but due to wedding planning, it looks like that is going to be my 2018 resolution as well!

My goal for 2017 was to read 30 books and write most of my own. This month broke the year’s record with 34 books read in 2017, and instead of setting a new goal, I’m planning on just relaxing and seeing where it ends up on December 31.

So for August, my favorite book was:

The Complete Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey

Going through the Dave Ramsey curriculum and reading his books this month was extremely enlightening, not only for what my fiance and I need to do for our future, but also for the current monetary and financial status of our nation and of those around me. In a culture that thrives on debt and credit, it’s encouraging to see that it’s possible to live a life free of financial strain and stress.

Dave Ramsey writes very similarly to how he speaks, so it is easy to read and follow. I’m not a math or a numbers person, but the way he explains things like getting out of debt, negotiating sales, buying a home, and saving for retirement is very easy to understand. He gives practical steps on how to get from having little money to being free to live well, save for retirement, and give generously. He is straight to the point and no nonsense, while also being very encouraging.

I highly recommend any of Dave Ramsey’s work to anyone wanting to secure their financial future!