Popcorn Finance 2018 Reading Challenge

I knew that one goal that I needed to set for myself this year was to read more.  I actually set this goal every year, but this year I mean it.  My goal, read 12 books in 12 months.  Seems simple enough, right?

Help Keep Me Accountable

But because I cannot be trusted to hold myself accountable, I decided to make it public.  In the widget below you will see my progress as I (slowly) make my way through each book.  I will be using GoodReads to track my progress.  If you are a member & are looking for a new reading buddy click HERE to add me as a friend.  I’m always interested in a good book recommendation.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Chris has
read 3 books toward
their goal of
12 books.

I will also be updating this page with the books I’ve read & a few quick thoughts on them as well.

Finance Books

The No-Spend Challenge Guide by Jen Smith

This is the book that jump started my 2018 reading challenge.  I hadn’t really known much about a no spend challenge until reading Jen’s book.  A no spend challenge is a period of time that you select where you will not spend any money.  

On paper this sounds insane, but what I really love about this book is how Jen lets readers know that they are in control and that they can handle this challenge however they want, no shame.  Do you want to add in a little wiggle room and set aside some money for a special event, do it!  It’s completely up to you.

Jen gives some great examples of how to structure and personalize your no spend challenge and some suggestions on free things to do to eliminate the temptation to spend.  At 99 pages this is a great quick read with some advice that might just give you the boost you need to meet your savings goal or get out of debt a little bit faster.

If you want to learn a little more about no spend challenges and author Jen Smith, check out Episode 045 of the podcast!

The Art of Allowance by John Lanza

Quick Review Coming Soon







Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Currently Reading



Fun Reads

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This book was one of those cultural classics that I had always heard about but never bothered to pick up.  I can now say that this is definitely worth reading.  It is surprising how much humor can actually be delivered in writing.  For me at times, the long and complicated names and terms created for the various planets and creatures did become tedious, the story always drew me back in.

I know this is an older book, but I still don’t want to spoil much of the story.  I will just say that the book follows Arthur and his odd friend Ford, as they find themselves very far from Earth and stuck in a series of very improbable situations.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Before we jump in to audiobooks I just wanted to acknowledge that I know they can sometimes be on the more expensive side.  So if you have not yet given Audible a try, click the banner below to start a free trial and with it you will receive two FREE audiobooks!

How to Get Free Audiobooks

If you’re not eligible for a free trial, try checking your local library using the Libby app which I discussed on Episode 025, How to Get Free Amazon Kindle Ebooks.  Most libraries have a large inventory of audiobooks for you to check out free of charge.

Fight and Flight by Scott Meyer

I don’t know how I came across this series, but I’m really happy I did.  This is the 4th book in this series and I can say that I have enjoy each one so far. 

A quick summary of this series without giving away too much is that a young, broke guy discovers that the entire world is just a computer program and that with some clever hacking you can do just about anything you want. 

So what do you do when you get in trouble with the law and have the ability to do anything and go anywhere?  You travel back in time and pretend to be a wizard.  I know it is a weird premise, but trust me that each story is a ton of fun.  Great writing combined with some of the best narration I have ever heard make this book and all of the others a must listen.