Recently, I develed into the incredible Money: A Memoir by Liz Perle. Part autobiography, part social commentary, part psychological study, this book explores the relationship between women and their finances. After a painful divorce, Perle began analyzing her own tenuous relationship with money, and realize that so much of her financial instability was driven by her emotions. Though she had a decent job and all the tools necessary to stick to a budget, she felt insecure about her own ability to be financially independent.
As a girl currently struggling to develop a working budget, this book really drove home some good points. Not only did it drive me analyze what I really need in life versus unnecessary spending, it drove me to think about how I FEEL about money. Definitely not something people do everyday, or at least not this person.
It lead me to some pretty interesting conclusions including the need for our generation to recreate the middle class, to know when having enough is enough and to strive for a life that is comfortable and stable, rather than affluent. While these things are not what will work for everyone, they are what works for me. You have to learn what your priorities are in life. For some, it is working to make as much money as possible. For others, its to work just enough to allow for more family times. For others, it is to work enough to engage in a creative passion. Obviously, there is no one answer or one-size fits all solution.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to create a more stable financial plan. While it is not a step-by-step guide, Pele writes beautifully and raises many questions you may not have considered at this point.
This gets my maximum recommendation: 5/5.
Until next time my fellow bookworms.