Welcome to the end of the week! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this weeks roundup of interesting reads in another edition of Happy Hour.
A number of reading lists have popped up around the web the past few weeks. As a serial collector of book recommendations, I added several to my growing wishlist on Amazon.
This past weekend I spent a few minutes digging through that list looking for stuff to read. The goal was to find a mix of interesting books for about $5 each.
This can pose a problem if you only buy new or prefer digital. Given the choice, there’s something to be said for the feel of a book, flipping pages, and seeing your progress rather than tapping a screen.
To that end, you can buy cheap used hardcover books from Amazon – stick with those rated like new to very good. Anything below that has the risk of wear, tear, and writing in the margins.
Anyways, two days later I had a fresh stack of books to read:
- How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
- Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter Bernstein
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
- Bull! A History of the Boom 1982-1999 by Maggie Mahar
- The Great Depression: A Diary by Benjamin Roth
- Benjamin Graham on Value Investing: Lessons from the Dean of Wall Street by Janet Lowe
- Enough. True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John Bogle
- The Davis Dynasty: Fifty Years of Successful Investing on Wall Street by John Rothchild
- Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points of Every Company by Andrew Grove
I doubt I’ll finish it all by summers end, but its a good start to continued learning.
- How to Actually Save Money – M. Housel
- Making Contrarian Investing Work – Morningstar
- Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: The Costs and Benefits of Market Timing – Musings on Markets
- Why Government Pension Funds Became Addicted to Risk – N.Y. Times
- Have You Hugged a Concrete Pillar Today? – Gates Notes