The best personal finance books (that won’t make you want to poke your eyes out)

Ashley Feinstein Gerstley Author Of Financial Adulting: Everything You Need to Be a Financially Confident and Conscious Adult
By Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

Who am I?

I started my company The Fiscal Femme and have written two personal finance guides because I needed them myself. I studied finance in college and worked in finance but still knew nothing about my own money. I do what I do so that others don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. Plus, when I started financial adulting, it gave me so much more power and freedom over my choices – career and personal – and I want that for others. 


I wrote...

Financial Adulting: Everything You Need to Be a Financially Confident and Conscious Adult

By Ashley Feinstein Gerstley,

Book cover of Financial Adulting: Everything You Need to Be a Financially Confident and Conscious Adult

What is my book about?

Financial Adulting is the fun and approachable guide that I wished I had when I got my first paycheck. It breaks down everything you need to be a financially confident and conscious adult.

In it, I cover all the finance topics with humor and compassion - everything from budgeting and consumer activism to investing and taxes. And while it's a how-to guide, I also talk about the inequities in our financial systems for women and especially women of color. I interviewed 35 amazing experts to help me do that.

The books I picked & why

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Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole

By Tiffany Aliche,

Book cover of Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole

Why this book?

Tiffany Aliche’s (aka the Budgetnista) book, Get Good With Money, looks at financial wholeness or the ten pieces of our finances we need to know and understand for financial well-being. It’s a holistic guide that is enriched (pun intended) by her storytelling and humor. Spoiler alert: I interviewed her and a few other authors on this list for my own book, so you’ll see their wisdom shared throughout! 


When She Makes More: The Truth about Navigating Love and Life for a New Generation of Women

By Farnoosh Torabi,

Book cover of When She Makes More: The Truth about Navigating Love and Life for a New Generation of Women

Why this book?

I know (and research backs it up) that when women earn more money (and have more money) the world will be a better place for it. We all win. But in today’s society being the breadwinner also comes with a higher risk of burnout, infidelity, depression, and divorce. In When She Makes More, Farnoosh shares the ten rules for a fulfilling and wealthy life at home and work.   


Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change

By Tanja Hester,

Book cover of Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change

Why this book?

This book filled a much-needed gap on my personal finance bookshelf. Tanja Hester’s Wallet Activism is the first personal finance book I read that’s all about using our money for good - to create more of what we want to see in the world. While I have a lot to learn and do in my Wallet Activism journey, I left the book feeling empowered to make real change. 


Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money

By Erin Lowry,

Book cover of Broke Millennial Takes on Investing: A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money

Why this book?

When it comes to investing we know it’s important to get started but there’s so much information out there – it can feel daunting and overwhelming. Erin Lowry’s Broke Millennial Takes on Investing is an entire book filled with investing info but she breaks the concepts down in such a way that they are manageable to understand and it’s even fun to read about. 


Clever Girl Finance

By Bola Sokunbi,

Book cover of Clever Girl Finance

Why this book?

Clever Girl Finance is an approachable and easy-to-follow guide on how to pay down your debt and build wealth. It’s a no shame and no-judgment zone, which I think is one of the most important criteria for a personal finance educator / personal finance book and shares from her own experience along the way.   


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