September Reading Report

Last month I read two books and countless articles and blog posts.  I’ve included my thoughts on the books that I read in September, as well as, a couple noteworthy blog posts in this reading report.

The books and noteworthy blog posts I read in September 2017.

Books

Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery by Steph Jagger

Steph Jagger was all about chasing blue ribbons, so it came as no surprise to her friends and family when she announced that she was quitting her job to spend a year chasing another big goal: skiing four million vertical feet in one calendar year.  Unbound is the story of this adventure and of Jagger discovering her true identity.

If you have ever traveled solo internationally, you know how much of a incredible experience it can be.  Add on top of that a pretty lofty goal of breaking the Guinness record of most feet ever skied in a year, and it is bound to be life changing.  Jagger endured day after day of physical and emotional challenge, experienced her lowest points on the mountains, found love on the mountains, and eventually reached a zen state as she accepted her true identity.

I love these kinds of adventure memoirs, so I was totally into this one.

The Millennial Homeowner: A Guide to Successfully Navigating Your First Home Purchase by Lauren Bowling

Lauren Bowling of Financial Best Life (and formerly L. Bee and the Money Tree) wrote this guide to help millennials navigate their first home buying experience.  This was a quick read that was full of a lot of great information.

Bowling helps you determine if you’re ready to buy a home, provides information about how to prepare your finances and begin the home search, as well as what to expect when you’re under contract.  There is useful information about all of the additional costs you need to factor in to the home buying process, and the additional costs of owning a home.  She also has a chapter devoted to renovations.

Bowling weaves her own experiences and the lessons she learned into the advice she gives.  If you are getting ready to buy your first home, this book will help prepare you.

Noteworthy Blog Posts

An Interactive Guide to Early Retirement and Financial Independence – Minafi

Adam from Minafi put together this incredible interactive post to help you figure out where you are on the path to financial independence and early retirement.  This post includes built-in calculators where you can enter your salary information and how much you save for retirement each year.  Based on this information and how much you will need to live on in retirement, you can figure out when you will become financially independent and could potentially retire early.

I had a lot of fun playing with the calculators in this post.  According to my baseline results, I’m on track to retire in 27 years (ouch!), but Adam shows how reducing spending and investing more money could shorten that timeframe.  I also really enjoyed reading the stories of all the bloggers that are on the path to financial independence and early retirement.

Why a Side Hustle Might Be the Last Thing You Need – Club Thrifty

Holly Johnson from Club Thrifty wrote a great post about why a side hustle may not solve your money problems.  Personal finance bloggers (myself included) are always singing the praises of the side hustle, so this post offered an interesting perspective.

Johnson shared a story about her friend who wanted to pay off some debt and get her family on-track financially by taking on a side hustle.  This friend already made a six-figure income, but instead of getting her spending in check, she thought that a side hustle would solve her problem.

I have seen this time and time again with friends and coworkers that overspend and think that their problem is that they don’t make enough money.  If you continue spending more than you make, making more money is only going to encourage you to spend more.

 

What have you read this month?

Interested in what I read last month?  Check out the August Reading Report.

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