Reading List

Reading List

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”― Ernest Hemingway

Welcome to The Thrive Vine’s reading list! Each book has been hand picked and has served utility in our lives along with countless others. Some books focus on career moves, while others how we can build wealth, and some on how we can broaden our horizons personally and mentally. We hope you enjoy these artifacts of knowledge and choose to implement them as part of your life. Do you know a book that we should add to the list? We’re always looking for recommendations and would love to hear from you! Please submit your recommendation via the contact us page!

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Ever wonder what it takes a be a good leader? In Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek debunks most myths about leadership and funds the idea that anyone can be a leader. As more people step up and become leaders our families, workplaces, and careers all become more fulfilling. 
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Set for Life is a quintessential read for anyone starting out on their financial independence journey. In this wonderful ready Scott goes through areas like: how to pay down debt, how to get into real estate investing, and how to scale a side hustle to earn your way to financial independence. 
Set for Life by Scott Trench

In The Simple Path to Wealth JL Collins take on the role of index fund guru, dropping incredible knowledge about investing. This wonderful read, which was originally written for Collin’s daughter, covers why we should invest in index funds, how your money can grow, and how to withdraw your funds using the 4% rule when you finally reach your freedom number. Again a must read for anyone looking to retire early. 
The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

Minor disclosure -I love Ryan Serhant’s books. The guy just has a passion and energy about him that can just make your day better. Big Money Energy is no different. The book essentially tackles the limited believe that you are enough and that you too can earn as much as you want, have as much time as you desire, and live any life you choose. I found this book really motivating and helpful, and I know you will too. 
Big Money Energy by Ryan Serhant

Ever get super frustrated? Or feel that maybe your emotions are controlling you instead of the other way around? In Jay Shetty’s master piece Think Like a Monk you are taken down a path and taught how to live in the moment. It comes to the realization that half the things we think about aren’t really all that important at all in the grand scheme of things. I found this book not only really informative but overall after reading it, it just made me feel better and more calm in my daily living. 
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty

I’m not sure any personal finance blog would be complete without a book by Brandon Turner. Brandon Turner is essentially the godfather of rental properties credited for really bringing real estate investing and how to manage them to many households. In The Book on Managing Rental Properties Brandon discusses systems, tools, and tricks which we can all use in our lives. He really bring home the fact that anyone can invest in real estate and progress their financial journey. You just need to take the first step and have a game plan in tact. This book will help you develop your game plan without a doubt. 
The Book on Managing Rental Properties by Heather & Brandon Turner

Another confession – I believe in the law of attraction. Call me crazy or delusional but I believe in the universe and that if you put good juju out there it will come back to you. In Stop Chasing Start Attracting, Kristen Noelle goes over some money myths and what we can do in our own lives to start attracting more money, and how when we give we can receive more. This was a wonderful powerful read. If you believe in the law of attraction, supplemented by hard work of course, than this is the book for you. 
Stop Chasing Start Attracting by Kristen Noelle

The Seven Decisions is a key read for anyone looking to bring more success and motivation into their life. In this read Andy Andrews uncovers Seven Key principles that all successful people have and implement in their lives. There are some absolute key take aways to take from this awesome book. 
The Seven Decisions: Understanding the Keys to Personal Success by Andy Andrews

I added this book to the list because I feel its probably one of the most overlooked topics we have when it comes to financial independence. There’s no secret that medical debt can really set back your financial journey. In Never Pay the First Bill, Marshall Allen uncovers through interviews from industry professionals how you can save thousands when it comes to your medical bills. From appealing denied claims, to identifying actual billing errors I learned to Never pay the first bill and to question everything when it comes to what is being billed. 
Never Pay the First Bill: And Other Ways to Fight The Health Care System and Win by Marshall Allen

Ever get down on yourself? Or just think to yourself, I kinda suck? Hey, we’ve all been there. Especially us on our financial journey; its easy to be tough on ourselves after we’ve had a big month of spending or an unexpected expense pops up. In Your Brain is Always Listening Dr. Amen dives deep in our subconscious and why we think the thoughts we think. From Childhood trauma to the way that we were raised and treated as kids; all of these goes into how we treat ourselves as adults. The first step to treating ourselves and providing a kinder atmosphere for ourselves is to identify where our current behavior is coming from. This book is a must read for anyone looking to further tap into their self awareness. 
Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-Ups by Daniel G. Amen, MD

Ever wonder what it’s like to have enough money to retire and to never work for “the man” again. In Work Optional – Tanja Hester explains how to get there. She debunks common myths that you don’t need to be a high earner to achieve financial independence. Most importantly she goes through the math in her book which is eye opening to see that your dreams of being financially independent can very much become a reality with discipline and consistency. 
Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way by Tanja Hester

Money psychology has always interested me. Why are some people good at saving and why do other people literally live paycheck to paycheck. In Know Yourself. Know Your Money – Rachel Cruze uncovers the most important thing about how to become financially independent: Our behaviors and thoughts around money. This was a great read with lots of “aha” moments of why we do what we do with our money and how we can change our behaviors to achieve the success we want. 
Know Yourself, Know Your Money: Discover WHY you handle money the way you do, and WHAT to do about it by Rachel Cruze

The 4 Hour Work Week has to be the number one book on how to work smarter, not harder. Tim Ferriss has his systems down to a science and shows us how we can optimize our lives with the time we are given. Everyone has the same amount of time in a week, Tim outlines how we can outsource the tasks we don’t like, spend less time on our businesses in order to move towards other ventures, and above all live a more relaxing and rewarding life. 
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

Here’s the truth, I never heard of the book Fire Me I Beg You until I was shopping for books on amazon. I was kinda in a “screw it all” kinda mood so I purchased this book. What I found was probably one of the most empowering books I’ve ever read. In this work of art Robbie Abed brings home the fact that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. So many of us work jobs that we hate, or dread doing, why? For the paycheck? The facts are that everyone we know is willing to help, we just need to ask. If you’re unhappy with your work or job and want to discover a way out read this book. You won’t regret it. 
Fire Me I Beg You: Quit Your Miserable Job (Without Risking it All) by Robbie Abed

As an introverted slightly socially awkward person I kinda like to know “what are people thinking of me” In Captivate Vanessa Van Edwards goes over the science of how our mannerisms and other expressions give away what we are thinking. In this book you’ll find out how to tell if someone is lying to you, how to tell if someone is engaged in what you are saying based on their posture, and other super helpful tips. I would highly recommend this book if you are planning on interviewing as there are some great tips on how you can adjust your body language to come off as less nervous and more confident, a must in any interview.  
Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

I’ve read alot of financial independence books, as you can tell… The reason I wanted Quit Like a Millionaire on this list is because it show cases how you can come from nothing and in one generation become a millionaire through saving and investing; as simple as that. I learned so much from Kristy Shen in this book from her journey from China to America and how by just cutting back a little goes such a long way on our financial journey. 
Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required by Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung