By John Ensley
Whether you are going on a road trip, taking a staycation, relaxing at the beach, or just enjoying your front porch in the warm summer evenings, a great book is the best thing to have by your side or in your bag. Yale researchers have found that people who read books for 30 minutes a day live longer, (1) and other studies show that reading helps you become more creative and open-minded. (2) So as you enjoy your other summer activities, grab one of our favorite books and let us know what you think!
1. The Great Depression: A Diary
By Benjamin Roth
There’s nothing like a good memoir to give you perspective. This is the story of Benjamin Roth, a middle-class lawyer who lived through the Great Depression. His writing conveys the deep emotions that marked Americans during this time period: anxiety and fear of the unknown. He records his thoughts on the financial crisis and shares his insights into investment theory. If you are interested in both history and the financial world, you’ll enjoy Roth’s story!
2. Economics In One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way To Understand Basic Economics
By Henry Hazlitt
Do economics make your head spin? You aren’t alone. Henry Hazlitt’s classic work lays out the basics of the economy and the importance of having a long-term perspective rather than focusing on short-term results. Hazlitt disputes common fallacies and promotes a free market over government intervention. I highly suggest this book if you want to gain a broader understanding of economics and how they affect our daily lives.
3. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, And Join The New Rich
By Tim Ferriss
Yes, I know the title of this book sounds like an email scam subject line. But in reality, Tim Ferriss revolutionizes our traditional idea of working for decades just hoping we’ll have enough to retire one day. His fun and easy read gives practical tips and tools for living how you want today without sacrificing your future.
4. One Second After
By William Forstchen
If you’re into fiction, especially science fiction, grab this book before you jump on the plane for your summer vacation. It’s the first in a series about what happens when America loses a war in just one second after an enemy uses an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to send Americans back to the dark ages. In this true apocalyptic work, William Forstchen tells the story of how one surviving man tries to save his family and town despite the odds. A riveting read that will get you thinking!
Do You Want To Know More?
If you want to talk books, money, or life, I’d love to sit down with you. At JEnsley Financial, we care about you as an individual and take the time to get to know you personally before we create a plan to help you finance your adventures. If you want to see if we are the right fit for you or have a book recommendation for our summer reading list, book an appointment online for a free review and consultation.
John Ensley is a financial professional who is dedicated to empowering his clients to pursue their adventure-based retirement goals without compromising or sacrificing their long-term financial security. John “gets it” because he’s an adventurer himself. He is a licensed sailboat captain and sailing instructor. He has cruised extensively in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the Sea of Cortez, and the Caribbean. While his home base is in Southwest Washington State, John currently lives and works part of the year from La Paz, Mexico. When he is not working with clients or studying, you will find him sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, hiking, biking, or exploring the Baja Peninsula and Western states by RV. To learn more about John, connect with him on LinkedIn.