Up in the city for the first time in weeks I browsed the Personal Finance section in Waterstones....
I decided to pass on Beat the Banks and Money Fight Club - The Smart Way to Save Money One Punch at a Time. Too adversarial. (I'm looking for a peaceful relationship with my money you may remember. See here.)
The Get Rich Quick titles didn't appeal either. How To Be Rich, How To Get Rich, The Millionaire Next Door, and The One Minute Millionaire, on the basis of if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
There was Get Rich Blogging. Really? The author 'spends her life partying and writing about it'. Not really me..
Thankfully I could pass on all the Get Out of Debt titles (I'm not in debt).
The author of Rich Dad Poor Dad seems to have written seven books all saying pretty much the same thing.
I like the appeal to different people - there's The Money Diet for those with dieting on their minds, Money - A Love Story for those romantically inclined and How To Grow Your Own Money for the gardeners among us. Whatever 'speaks to your condition' to use the Quaker phrase.
I was tempted by Ouch which looks like an interesting and entertaining read (and can be bought on Amazon for £0.1 or used, in good condition, for £398.78! (Can anyone explain this to me?)
There is also the very quaint Orchids on Your Budget (1937). I loved the blurb:-
'Be very sure that your budget covers the orchids. The whole point of budgeting is that it simplifies life - and life, if it's worth living, is more than drudgery and bookeeping and practicalities.'
Hear Hear! This is probably why I passed too on all the How To Be Thrifty titles. I could write them myself.
Two new authors to me are Jasmine Butler and Dave Ramsey (thank you Gail) but I think I will maybe go for David Meakin's How to Grow Your Own Money - he says one of the problems is 'savings inertia'.