2020 has been quite a year for obvious reasons. As we are coming towards the end of November, Christmas time inches closer. Despite what the year has brought us, we all look forward to spending some time with close family while maintaining at a distance, of course.
With the increase in online shopping throughout the year, I have no doubt much of the population will turn to online Christmas shopping more this year. That is why I wanted to have a small discussion on five books to purchase for Christmas that I recommend.
Of course, some of the books I will recommend will be those I have covered in the past. I will leave links in the description of the books if you want to read more. I will also go links for books on Amazon and Indigo if you’re going to read further reviews.
Book #1: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand:
I know, I know. This is not a personal finance book. This book is a non-fiction tale about Louis Zamperini. Louis was an Olympic athlete for the U.S. in the Berlin Olympics in 1936. After these Olympics, he enrolled in the U.S. Air Forces and fought in World War ll. Later in the war, his bomber crashed, and he was eventually taken to a Japanese POW camp.
Of course, Laura Hillenbrand is best known for her book Seabiscuit. In Unbroken, she brings many details to life. Initially reading it, I was hooked on the story of Louis. This is certainly not a familiar tale, but a triumphant story of a man who did not break under any circumstance.
The book had become increasingly impressive as I have read throughout the chapters. A nice feature Laura has added was the illustrations of specific items courtesy of Louis himself. These illustrations help put the story to life.
The price for a paperback copy is around CAD 15, which is a suitable price on Amazon. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of biographies or looking to read something different for a change. I enjoy my fair share of biographies as I do financial literature, so this book was an easy recommendation.
Book #2: Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby:
Initially, when I picked up this novel, I was in high school. As known as the “G.O.A.T.” to several basketball fans, this novel provides a lengthy insight into Michael Jordan’s life that extends beyond his basketball career. It gives readers insights into Jordan’s family and influences within his life.
This novel does focus on his basketball career and takes readers through the years of his career with U.N.C. and Chicago, hand later the Wizards.
The Last Dance took the internet by storm when it was released earlier in the year. Many of the details in this documentary are talked about in Roland Lazenby’s book. However, if you have watched the documentary and enjoyed it immensely, I have no doubt you would also enjoy this book.
Illustrations are provided in this novel; however, they are provided in the middle of the book and represent some flashes throughout Jordan’s career. Indeed, these illustrations are lovely to have, but it might have been considerably better to have throughout the book, as there are no other pictures.
I certainly recommend this book for any sports fans, certainly basketball fans, as it was the best sports book and biography that I have read thus far. Currently, on Amazon, you can purchase a paperback copy for around CAD 25.
Book #3: Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert T. Kiyosaki:
Another one of the books to purchase for Christmas is Rich Dad Poor Dad. This is a personal finance book that I have covered on the website, so I will not elaborate on it. The link to that article is here.
However, this is easily one of the best personal finance books out there and is a great starting point for anyone looking to achieve financial freedom and build up their wealth.
While the book does not exactly tell you how to build your wealth, it provides you the mindset needed to achieve such an important goal.
I recommend everyone to read this, but of course, I recommend it to those looking to become financially independent, as I have mentioned above. It truly is a great book that only consists of nine chapters. Yes, it is not a large book, but it can change your way of thinking about money.
On Amazon, for the paperback, the price is listed as CAD $16 and some change. You can probably find this at a lower price elsewhere, and it possibly may be on sale for the holiday season. So maybe look for a lower price for this book elsewhere if possible. If not, the book still provides tremendous value for $16.
Book #4: How to Day Trade for a Living: A Beginner’s Guide to Trading Tools and Tactics, Money Management, Discipline and Trading Psychology by Dr. Andrew Aziz:
This is another of the books to purchase for Christmas is one I have covered on the website, and the article can be found here. While I will not go into much detail in this recommendation, I will say that once again, I have high praise for the number of illustrations Dr. Aziz has put into the book. The images put each concept into context and help the reader better understand what the author is teaching.
I solely recommend those who want to start day trading, whether it be casual or full-time. As Dr. Aziz mentions, a person should not jump into day trading immediately as it will likely be overwhelming initially. However, as a concept we have been taught, practice makes perfect, and indeed this is one of the book’s essential concepts.
Dr. Aziz also provides resources the reader can use to help them become a profitable trader. For more information on Dr. Aziz and his other programs/classes that he has, visit www.BearBullTraders.com.
This book can be found on Amazon for around CAD 12. A cheaper book that provides much insight into a full-time trader’s career and that can help someone you know also looking to follow suit in the profession.
Book #5: The Illustrated History of Hockey: The NHL Years: Collector’s Edition by Jason Kay:
The last of my recommendations for books to purchase for Christmas is for hockey fans or anyone looking to increase their knowledge of sports and its history. That is likely obvious by the title; however, this book provides details and several facts about the sport throughout the years. Notably, it starts with the origin of the NHL.
Easily the most enjoyable part of the book was the illustrations the book provides. You can find pictures of old gear, players, and other memorabilia from the past, like Gordie Howe’s gloves, throughout the book. And these illustrations make the book a more relaxing read.
Interesting about what Jason has added was statistics from each season. For example, in 2000, a list of the top scorers of the league for that season. There are other small fun facts, like the nickname of the year, the first pick in that year’s draft, and any records that have been broken.
You can find this book on Indigo’s website for almost CAD 28. However, there might be severe difficulty finding this book as both Amazon and Indigo indicate none in stock. So, if you are looking for this book, you will need to search, possibly in a local Indigo store or any other stores that sell books.
Any of these books are great, but I hope that you found value in this article and some ideas on books to purchase for Christmas. I did not elaborate in much detail for each book so that this article can be a quicker read, but of course, if you want a comprehensive book review, I can write about it.
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I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and stays safe.
Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor. You are trading at your own risk and should consult a financial advisor for any investment decisions. Do your own due diligence when considering investing, and this information is for education/informational purposes only.