15 books that can help boost your finances while social distancing

Myelle Lansat


Myelle Lansat

Myelle Lansat

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Myelle Lansat is a news editor at Policygenius, where she writes the Easy Money newsletter and covers insurance and personal finance. Previously, she was a personal finance writer at CNBC and Acorns, and a reporter for Business Insider.

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Social distancing may be the best excuse to crack open a book and brush up on your finances — especially if you’re tired of aimlessly scrolling your social media feed.

We’ve curated 15 books about money (and more) to help you achieve a better budget, build your wealth and help you mentally escape the confines of your home.

1. "Anatomy of the Bear"

By Russell Napier


The coronavirus has sent stocks south, shifting us into a bear market. If you’re feeling uneasy about the current economic climate, it may be time to refresh your financial history and learn about market mechanics — and its resilience.

Price: $32.07 on Amazon

We also have tips from financial experts on how to manage your wealth

2. "Such a Fun Age"

By Kiley Reid


Novels have a way of weaving economic themes with thick plot lines relevant to today's society — and this book is no exception. Dive into themes of financial hierarchy and social prejudice in this moving read.

Price: $17.99 on Amazon

3. "How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy"

By Jenny Odell


Doing nothing isn’t a bad thing, especially when things feel out of hand. This read can help you navigate social distancing, the economy and staying calm in chaotic times.

Price: $16.19 on Amazon

4. "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business"

By Charles Duhigg


We’re all experiencing what makes and shakes businesses in wake of the novel coronavirus. This book will help expand your knowledge about what makes companies and their employees tick, and teach you a couple things about your own habits.

Price: $13.39 on Amazon

5. "Bow Down: Lessons from Dominatrixes on How to Get Everything You Want"

By Lindsay Goldwert


As the title suggests, this book shows what professional dominatrixes can teach us about money and power. There are 13 lessons in the book, but the No. 1 financial lesson is making your money serve you.

Price: $16.59 on Amazon

Check out our interview with Goldwert, in which she divulges her personal money lessons.

6. "Measuring Success: A Practical Guide to KPIs"

By Greg Brisendine


Working from home? Businesses are moving online (and some may be rethinking their current strategies), so it may be worth reading up on how key performance indicators, or KPIs, drive business and profits.

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

7. "YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer"

By Sean Cannell & Benji Travis


Now may be the best time to brush up on what’s going on in the virtual world and how others are profiting from it. Who knows? You may be the next work-from-home influencer.

Price: $13.49 on Amazon

8. "The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending, and De-stress Your Money for Good"

By Ashley Feinstein Gerstley


Spending more time at home might spark some motivation to tackle those tasks you didn’t have the time to do before. So why not challenge yourself to clean up your finances and temper your financial stress in 30 days?

Price: $13.26 on Amazon

9. "Stack Your Savings: How to Save More Money, Slash Your Spending, and Master Your Finances"

By S.J. Scott & Rebecca Livermore


To avoid going stir-crazy at home, challenge yourself to complete the book’s seven pillars to being a financial master. The guide covers ways to boost your savings and slow your spending.

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

10. "The Minimalist Budget: A Practical Guide On How To Save Money, Spend Less And Live More With A Minimalist Lifestyle"

By Simeon Lindstrom


If you’re not ready to stop spending all together, you can take a look at your budget and restructure it for a minimalist lifestyle while you’re socially distancing.

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

11. "Choose yourself! Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream"

By James Altucher


This book may be from 2013, but it’s timely resemblance to 2020 cannot be ignored. Think: Crashing markets, job losses, rocky retirement options and a gridlocked government. How will we recover this time? By focusing on ourselves.

Price: $10.33 on Amazon

12. "Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness"

By Richard H. Thaler


As social distancing has us confined to our homes , it’s important to remain calm and embrace our loved ones — not push each other to the edge. Having peace at home can bring wellness to your wallets and lives.

Price: $11.29 on Amazon

13. "The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, & Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams"

By Jen Smith


Social distancing may be beneficial for your wallet, especially since you’re likely eating out and going out less. Take the leap and start the no-spend challenge and only pay for the necessities while you’re hunkering down at home.

Price: $8.99 on Amazon

14. "How to Make Shit Happen"

By Sean Whalen


The title says it all. After social distancing and working from home, we could all use some motivation. If you are looking for better work/life balance or a boost of productivity, this is the right book to teach you.

Price: $5.59 on Amazon

15. "I Will Teach You to be Rich"

By Ramit Sethi


This six-week fitness bootcamp is the perfect way to get your money right in the midst of market chaos. Learn the basics of wealth-building and budgeting while sitting on the couch (plus, this book won’t break your budget!)

Price: $3.29 on Amazon

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