Financial Independence Retire Early Reading List

I am working my way through this reading list of FIRE books, and I figure it'll take me a while so instead of wait until I'm finished, I am sharing it now so you can work through them with me!

Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments – or reviews on the books on this list! I'll be adding my reviews as I read them.

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FIRE Books to Read

Worth noting: whether you do FatFIRE or LeanFIRE is going to depend on how you feel about some of these books. If you leave a review in the comments, please let me know which FIRE movement you're working on! 🙂 I'm currently doing FatFIRE. I don't want to pinch pennies, and I want to retire by age 45! What about you?

I got these book recommendations from various F.I.R.E. Facebook groups, YouTube channels, comments, etc. As I read through them, I'll update with my own thoughts on each of them. Full disclosure: these are my affiliate links.

I Will Teach You to be Rich, by Ramit Sethi

Why you should read it: has a great step by step process for what to do with your money such as what to invest in first, etc.
Grab the book: I Will Teach You to be Rich 1st Edition, I Will Teach You to be Rich 2nd Edition

The Psychology of Money, by Morgan Housel

Why you should read it: teaches you what to do with your money, how to deal with finances and getting disciplined.
Grab the book: The Psychology of Money

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

Why you should read it: teaches you how to be ready to pivot, how to be proactive and ready for change.
Grab the book: Who Moved My Cheese?, Who Moved My Cheese? Teens Edition

Essentialism, by Greg Mckeown

Why you should read it: this book teaches you to maximize the essentials of your life by eliminating non-essentials.
Grab the book: Essentialism

Secrets of a Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker

Why you should read it: teaches you how to stop being a victim in your own life, talks about the key foundational mindset of wealthy folks, teaches you how to be in charge of your own success and ditch the scarcity mindset.
Grab the book: Secrets of a Millionaire Mind

Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin

Why you should read it: helps you change your money mindset, and align your spending with your personal values rather than spending out of habit or keeping up with the Joneses.
Grab the book: Your Money or Your Life

Dividends Still Don't Lie, by Kelley Wright

Why you should read it: a follow-up on the 1988 book that was wildly popular, teaches you about investing in a simple way. Learn the power of dividend investing.
Grab the book: Dividends Still Don't Lie

Financial Shenanigans, by Howard Schilit

Why you should read it: teaches you how to invest in a smarter way, showing how basically everything financial can be manipulated. Eye opener for those who have been looking at investing through rose colored glasses.
Grab the book: Financial Shenanigans

The Simple Path to Wealth. by J.L. Collins

Why you should read it: excellent advice about retiring. Learn this effective, simple approach as a beginner.
Grab the book: Simple Path to Wealth

Kindle Unlimited Reading List

I have Kindle Unlimited, so I read a LOT of books that way! Here are some books that are (as of the time of this post) available on Kindle Unlimited for free.

More Financial Literacy Books

These books come highly recommended in several F.I.R.E. community groups, as well. I do NOT recommend religious books, but have not looked into any of these to see if they are religious. Read through reviews/previews before buying if you're uncomfortable with religion being thrown into finances like I am. 🙂

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  1. I want to be a fatFIRE. but I have missed the boat on retiring at the same age as you 😉

    1. Sadie Smiley says:

      That’s okay, you’ve got this!! 🙂

  2. Jeani Stevens says:

    I’m currently reading The Energy Bus and then I’m onto Atomic Habits. I forgot just how much I like to read even when its calling me out all over the place…..awesome list

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