The library is one of the things that I’ve missed most during California’s shelter-in-place. Our libraries have been closed since March. The San Francisco Public Library offers a number of wonderful things. There are a ton of great online resources during this time. However, I really love to read print books. I miss going to the library and picking up a big stack of them. I can’t wait until I can do that again.

Since our library’s workers have been moved over to other essential work during this time, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to. But when I do, there are some relatively new books about money that I’m looking forward to picking up. Here is what’s on my list:

Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty

I like to read a wide variety of books about money. Oftentimes I read self-help or how-to guides that assist me with personal finance. But I also enjoy reading memoirs, biographies, and non-fiction books about money that give me insight into economics at a grander level. I’m very intrigued by this book by Jeff Madrick. It explores how poverty, even when experienced relatively briefly, negatively impacts children.

It reminds me a bit of The Deepest Well in which Nadine Burke Harris explores the long-term impacts of childhood trauma. We need to remedy the financial problem of poverty for children if we want them to have better outcomes as adults. This is an important topic. So, while it may not be on a traditional list of books about money, it’s right at the top of my own list.

Rogue Money and the Underground Economy: An Encyclopedia of Alternative and Cryptocurrencies

This book by John C. Edmunds purports to give a strong overview of cryptocurrency from its history to its current role in the marketplace. This is a part of personal finance that I’m always seeking to understand better. Therefore, this is definitely one of the books about money that I’m eager to pick up when my library re-opens.

More Money Now: Use your Existing Skills, Connections and Technology to Start Earning Cash Today

This book by Michael Zechmann was published in 2018. However, my own library only got its copy recently. Therefore, I’ve never had the chance to read it. I’m curious to see what it says about how students, retirees, and others can make some extra money right now. I’d love to compare how the advice in it relates to the current situation given that COVID-19 has changed the landscape in some ways. Plus, I always like books about money that give me ideas for making extra cash. I don’t always use the ideas but sometimes they get me thinking about earning money in new ways.

Wealth Unbroken: Growing Wealth Uninterrupted by Market Crashes, Taxes and Even Death

Similarly, Rebecca Walser’s book was published in 2018 but only came to my library recently. This one is about long-term investing. Again, since it was published before the pandemic, some advice in it may not apply. However, its subtitle suggests that it’s actually all about how to weather storms, even an unprecedented one such as this. So, I think that bodes well and makes it worth at least checking out.

Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy

I’m very fascinated in the pros and cons of the gig economy. I’ve worked in the gig economy myself for a long time in various ways. I’ve watched the landscape change significantly over the past decade. I’m curious to see what this book by Alexandrea Ravenelle has to say about it all.

What books about money do you most hope to read soon?