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What I’m reading right now

I always love it when other people share what they’re reading, so every now and then, I do the same.

Here’s what I’m currently working through:

the frugal girl's reading pile

I’ll just start at the top of the pile.

Frugal Isn’t Cheap is written by a CPA, and the book is borne out of her experiences helping people get their finances in order.

Frugal isn't Cheap

It’s an easy read, and would probably be most helpful to people who are fairly new to the whole idea of smart money management. Those of you who have black belts in frugality might not learn a ton of new stuff from this book, but you know how reading through The Tightwad Gazette every now and then kind of restarts your frugality motor? Well, this book could easily serve the same purpose.

The book isn’t just about frugality, though…she talks about mortgages, investments, and teaching children about money as well, and she does it in an entertaining manner, with plenty of stories and personal anecdotes.

Bargain Fever

I got Bargain Fever as a review copy, and when I first read the PR blurb about it in my email box, I wasn’t even too sure that I wanted to have them send me one. I’m not really into buying cheap stuff or using lots of coupons, and I thought it would be all about that.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised, though. The book has a lot of interesting history, covering things like the retail innovations of Harry Gordon Selfridge (which will be especially interesting to you if you watch the Mr. Selfridge show on PBS), and how things like the bargain basement idea got started, and it takes a much more critical view of the current bargain landscape than I expected (which I appreciate, because I share that view.)

Anyway, I’m only about halfway through, but I really love this book. If you’re the sort of person who enjoyed the book Cheap (which I reviewed here) you’d like Bargain Fever as well.

The Ministry of Motherhood

Lastly, I bought The Ministry of Motherhood after Money Saving Mom recommended it on her blog.

Because even though my children write me sweet notes like this one:

note from Zoe

…I am acutely aware of deficiencies in my mothering and sometimes I find that reading a book on something really helps to bring about an attitude adjustment. As with the other two books, I’m not finished with this one yet, but I’ve found it to be encouraging and helpful thus far.

I always love to hear about good books from other people, so share! What have you been reading lately?


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Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings

Monday 4th of November 2013

I'm working my way through {The Smart Woman's Guide to Retirement}. Although I would consider retirement to be a fairly boring subject, she actually makes it pretty interesting.


Thursday 31st of October 2013

I own the Ministry of Motherhood, and The Mission of Motherhood, by the same author. While I liked them both, I think my favorite was the Mission of Motherhood - maybe you'll want to read that one too!


Thursday 31st of October 2013

Good to know...I saw that one was available too, but wasn't sure what the difference was!

Michelle W

Thursday 31st of October 2013

You may have already mentioned this one but I recently read "Cleaning House: a mom's 12 month experiment to rid her home of youth entitlement" by Kay Wills Wyma who does the MOAT blog. I usually stick to fiction (I need the escape!) but I really liked the focus of this book. Often as parents, without meaning to, we actually undermine our children by doing so much for them. She feels that by expecting more of our children and making them responsible for more and by giving them the opportunities to try and either fail or succeed, we can more effectively build their self confidence and self esteem. I've often felt this way but really lacked follow through. After reading her book, I decided to take some steps of my own and have implemented some changes with my 14 year old son. Also, at one point in the book, she quotes another writer's opinion that a lot of what is wrong with today's society is a lack of personal responsibility that has become more and more common. This is an idea I agree with very much as well.


Thursday 31st of October 2013

I totally agree with that premise...will have to see if my library has this book!


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I know it would be off topic for your blog, but do you read fiction? (Librarians are curious about this sort of thing :)


Thursday 31st of October 2013

Very occasionally! I used to do that a lot more in my grade school/teen years, but now that my reading time is more limited, I usually feel more inclined to read some non-fiction that would be helpful to me.


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

I just finished reading "Mastering the Art of French Eating," by Ann Mah. The personal parts of the book were boring to me. Fortunately the majority of the book is about the author's learning about specific bits of French cuisine, which was more interesting. It's only middling-good though, and I doubt I'll read it again.

I'm job hunting, and in researching the boss of the department I have applied to, I learned he wrote a book so I bought it. The subject is a bit dry - it's about the industry overall and not the role I want to fill - so I'm not getting very far. I need to at least skim it.

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