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The most successful people in the world all have one thing in common: they never stop reading. Having previously shared what I consider the best books about finance, many of you expressed interest in reading and discussing them together, as well as having regular recommendations on finance books to read. And so last year, the Family Finance Mom Book Club was born. Read on to learn how you can find our current club pick and join the discussion!


Family Finance Mom Book Club

Nonfiction can be a turn off for some readers. It can also be hard to read about topics that are new to you, if you have to look up new vocabulary or don’t have a resource to support you when you encounter elements you don’t understand. But for those interested in deepening their understanding of personal finance, books can be a tremendous resource.

How #FFMBookClub Works

Since there is no shortage of finance books to read, each quarter, I come up with a shortlist of nonfiction picks related to finance. They vary from social commentary on economic inequality, personal stories of financial improvement, market history, to even self improvement books you can apply to all elements of your life, including your family finances.

I put the list up to a vote in my Instagram stories, and my followers choose the book we will read. We read one new book each quarter. A new book is announced the first week of each quarter in January, April, July, and October for discussion during the last month of the quarter in March, June, September and December.

To join the discussion, all you have to do is follow me @FamilyFinanceMom and #FFMBookClub on Instagram. You’ll find all our previous book picks and discussion posts there. And as you read with us, you are welcome to post your own as well!

Our Current Pick Is…

For Q4 2020, we are currently reading The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver. Discussions will begin on my Instagram feed in December 2020. Follow #FFMBookClub to join the discussion!

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Tomorrow marks the start of Q4 (can you believe it?!?!), so time to reveal the Q4 pick for #FFMBookClub…⁣ *⁣ This quarter, I focused the short-list of book choices around one of the most pressing economic issues currently: the national debt and inflation risk. You all voted, and your pick is The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver. This is very different from what we typically read for book club picks, in that it is a work of fiction. It tells a generational saga of the Mandible family, led by a wealthy patriarch who inherited his wealth from the industrial success of his forefathers, his children – who are mostly waiting for him to die to inherit his money, and their grandchildren, who live an entirely different economic existence than their Grandfather. The book begins in 2029, where a newly elected Hispanic President has just declared America will default on its loans, bans all foreign currency, and makes possession of gold a crime. It explores the economic turmoil that follows through the experiences of this family over the next two decades.⁣ *⁣ I warn you – this book is not without controversy. It talks about race (and uses invented racial slurs), immigration, economic inequality, social welfare, and there are episodes of violence. And while it is a work of dystopian economic fiction, I think it is important to know that the economic events that happen do have some basis in reality… Big Debt Crises by Ray Dalio, which was the runner up for this quarter, outlines the "Archetypal Big Debt Cycle" – based on his research into what has happened in debt crises globally for centuries. This story in many ways spins a tale around those facts.⁣ *⁣ Ms. Shriver is an accomplished author and journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Economist, and UK's The Guardian and Financial Times.⁣ *⁣ Discussion of The Mandibles will begin in my feed in December. Be sure to follow #FFMBookClub for all our discussion posts. For more details about the FFM Book Club and to see our prior reads, check out the direct link in my bio.

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Finance Books to Read – Club Picks to Date

If you are new to Family Finance Mom Book Club, and are looking for more finance books to read than just the current quarter’s pick, here are all our Book Club picks to date:

Q2 2019
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
by Robert Kiyosaki
Q3 2019
Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell
Q4 2019
Atomic Habits
by James Clear
Q1 2020
Everyday Millionaires
by Chris Hogan

FFM Book Review:
How to Become a Millionaire
Q2 2020
The Big Short
by Michael Lewis

FFM Book Review:
How Do Mortgages Work
Q3 2020
The Color of Law
by Richard Rothstein



Q4 2020
The Mandibles
by Lionel Shriver

You can click through to get any of the above books right on Amazon… or, since we prefer to save money rather than spend it around here, get it from the library. Since you have several months to read each book, there’s plenty of time to get on your library waitlist.

If you already have a library card, be sure to see if your library uses Libby to checkout ebooks. You can get ebooks without ever even leaving your house, at absolutely no cost to you!

Have a Finance Book We Should Read?

New finance books get released ALL the time. If you find one you’d like us to consider for our next #FFMBookClub pick, please submit it via the Google Form below.


The best education you can get is the one you create for yourself. Never stop learning. And if you never stop reading, you never will! For more great financial discussion, be sure to check out my closed Facebook group, Family Finance Moms.

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About Meghan

Meghan spent nearly a decade as a Financial Analyst, before spending the last 7+ as a SAHM to three little ones. She shares simple money tips for moms to help your family reach your financial goals by building a financial plan you can LIVE with! You can learn more about her background in finance, catch her daily on Instagram and Facebook, and her weekly live discussions in her community for Family Finance Moms.

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