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If you’re a frequent reader of Becoming Bailey, you’ll know that I love books. I read a lot. I used to reading anywhere from 8-15 (or more!) books in a month, but since starting college in August, my reading can best be described as “quality over quantity”. Truth be told, I just don’t have the time these days to spend hours upon hours with my nose in a book, and that’s totally okay! That being said, I still want to recap my Recent Reads for the month of October. This post can also be titled FinCon and Military Influencer Conference reads, since all of the below titles are by authors who were at the conferences.
This book is a personal finance book aimed at the millennial generation (ages 18-34) and I absolutely loved it. As a millennial myself, maybe I’m a tad bit biased, but it was a fun read about a topic that can seem boring to some. I loved Erin’s references to today’s culture (like memes, Tinder, and the like). Since Erin is also a millennial, I found her to be highly relatable. She was honest about her financial missteps in this book, which made me like her all the more!
Chris Guilleabeau spent 4 years living and working on a hospital ship in Africa and has also visited all 193 countries in the world. His philosophy is that you don’t have to conform to what others expect of you, and this book discusses this in 3 aspects: career development, life planning, and travel. I found the book really inspirational, even though I have a traditional, 9 to 5 job; even though I can’t incorporate some of his tips in my day job, I can still have aspects of adventure in my personal life.
Now that Andy and I are almost debt-free, we’re ready to start looking at investing (once we have our fully-funded emergency fund set.) This book was a perfect introduction in how to do just that! It’s clear to see why David Bach is a New York Times bestselling author– his book is easy to read yet packed full of useful information! I loved the activities like dreaming of your future and your retirement and talking about your goals with your spouse, and then planning for those goals. Andy is not much of a reader, but I’m going to force him to read this book so we’re both on the same page financially! 😉
This book is perfect for newlywed spouses (like me!) who feel overwhelmed at military life. If only I had read this book when I first got married! I’m saving it for when I go through another unexpected PCS and don’t think I can handle it 😉 I had the opportunity to meet Judy at the 2017 Military Influencer Conference and she was just the nicest!
15 Years of War: How the Longest War in U.S. History Affected a Military Family in Love, Loss, and the Cost of Service by Kristine Schellhaas
This book is a memoir about a military family’s journey through the past 15 years of war. It’s a longer book (nearly 400 pages) as a good chunk of the book is composed of emails between Kristine and her husband throughout his multiple deployments. It’s written from a “he said, she said” perspective, which was really helpful in understanding how military life affected both of them. Sometimes, I get caught in the idea that I’m the only one in my marriage who struggles with issues the military causes, so hearing her husband’s perspective was a good reminder to me that my husband doesn’t always love everything about the military, either. This book is good for both military and civilians to read, to better understand the issues military families face. It’s very moving, so be prepared to cry! (I bawled as I read on the flight to Texas.)
What books are you reading lately?