I hope that this little book gets you off to a good start! But there's always plenty more to learn. If you'd like to continue reading about investing and personal finance, check out some of these references.
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, John C. Bogle. Founder of Vanguard and inventor and popularizer of the index fund, Jack Bogle is something akin to a financial saint. This book discusses why indexing investing is such a powerful strategy.
- The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, and Michael LeBoeuf. “Bogleheads” are fans of the passive buy-and-hold indexing approach advocated by Jack Bogle. They've got a lively and informative forum. Engineering Your Finances and its author owe an enormous debt to the Bogleheads community and philosophy!
- The Four Pillars of Investing, William J. Bernstein. Briefly, these four pillars are: relating risk and reward, understanding the history of the market, getting a grip on your own psychology, and ignoring investment salespeople. Bernstein covers these in a bit more depth.
- The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley. A collection of profiles of self-made millionaires. They're probably not what you imagine. I found this book terribly inspirational, since it made the whole notion of investing and earning money seem so much more approachable.
- The Simple Path to Wealth, JL Collins. From the author of the Stock Series of posts, this book is a perfect next step from personal finance into investing.
- Your Money Or Your Life, Vicki Robin. The original book that ignited the financial independence movement.
- An Introduction to Stock & Options for the Tech Entrepreneur of Startup Employee, David Weekly. An absolutely terrific guide to the more complex financial instruments involved in working at (or founding) startups.
- The Bogleheads Forum, for passive buy-and-hold index fund enthusiasts and devotees of Jack Bogle.
- BiggerPockets, a great forum and networking site devoted to real estate investing.
- r/personalfinance subreddit
- r/financialindependence subreddit
There are a bunch of blogs devoted to financial independence out there. If you're interested in exploring that, these are a few of the most popular.
I've found these to be especially information-dense:
- Afford Anything
- Early Retirement Extreme
- Get Rich Slowly
- Mad Fientist
- Mr. Money Mustache
- White Coat Investor
This set skews a bit more toward inspiration than information; I find that to be extremely valuable, too, but you may feel differently.