I’ve been trying to get back into regular reading.  It’s so easy to find other things to do but I notice such a difference in my mental wellbeing if I take time out to read.  I guess the silence, the lack of chatter, the absence of technology humming, reading becomes a form of meditation.

These are the two books I found the most value out of last month –

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  1. The Barefoot Investor: the Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need by Scott Pape; and
  2. Narconomics: How to run a Drug Carte by Tom Wainwright.

I’ve been a fan of Scott Pape’s for about 5 years now but the fact that I followed his blog made me wonder whether the book was worth reading – but it was.  Although Scott had given most of the information through his blog, it was nice to have it put in a step-by-step format that ultimately gives you goals for the rest of your life.  As someone who is adjusting to a single income and clawing her way back from financial hell following my separation, this was a book I really enjoyed reading.  It’s a no-nonsense guide to finances and also gives you hope that you can break away from the Millennial stereotype of crippling debt but still live as comfortably as earlier generations.

There is, however, a con with this book – progressing through each step is truly determined by you and your situation.  As someone who loves to tackle things head on and get them done and dusted, I hate the fact that I have to pick away at each step before progressing – perhaps an insight into my Millennial state of mind?

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I love anything related to crime – documentaries, TV shows, movies, news articles – I am all over it.  So when I heard about Narconomics, I HAD to get it.  The author, Tom Wainwright works for The Economist and was their Mexico correspondent for a time.  His work analyses drug cartels in the way he knows how – by comparing it to big businesses (for example, Walmart and Disney).  It’s truly fascinating to hear how something seemingly run by uneducated thugs are actually finely tuned businesses.

The con with this book is that it is so full of information I find I’m reading and rereading chapters.  Having said that, I tend to pick it up as bedtime reading after long days at work.

Have you read these books?  What were your May favourites?

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