The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman

In this book Suze Orman answers a number of financial questions that college students and recent grads are bound to be pondering. This book is organized in such a way that the reader can flip right to whatever section they are curious about using either the chapter headings or the index.

Examples of topics discussed include: what on Earth a FICO score is and why it’s important, how to understand and manage student loan debt, debt consolidation, how to conserve money when times are tough, and even financial tips for the recently married. Great book to consult to answer many basic finance questions. I found it very helpful and easy to understand. Financial stuff can seem too complicated and overwhelming, so let Suze Orman break it down for you. Every college student should flip through this book!

Reviewed by Ben

Blankets by Craig Thompson

A beautifully illustrated memoir in which Craig Thompson describes his life growing up in Wisconsin with his brother, his strict Christian upbringing by his overbearing parents, relentless teasing from schoolmates, and his first true love. A tale of growing up, personal discovery and love, Thomson’s epic graphic novel explores the complexities of life through elegant imagery.

What at first looks like a long read (over 500 pages), this comic is hard to put down. Alternating between funny and tragic life events, Craig Thompson bares all in this wonderful true life story.

Reviewed by Ben

Rich Dad, Poor Dad : what the rich teach their kids about money — that the poor and middle class do not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Excellent book to learn the basics of money management. A true financial Bible from a man who retired at the age of 47 using the techniques described in this text. You’ll learn many financial terms such as income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. Robert integrates these ideas with thought-provoking childhood memories to better illustrate the theories presented in Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

This book attempts to teach the reader how the rich free themselves from the so-called “rat race” by achieving financial freedom through passive income. E.g. Profits from businesses, patent royalties for an invention, licensing fees from brands, dividends from investments, rent from real estate.

Robert Kiyosaki breaks complex concepts down into easy to understand bite-size chunks of information. Short book worth its weight in gold. After all, you can’t build a skyscraper without a foundation.

Reviewed by Ben

Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis

Graphic novel telling the spiritual journey of philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) as he seeks to unearth the foundations of mathematics. From childhood to his later years, this book tells the life story of one great thinkers of the 20th century.

Very fascinating book. How often do you findĀ a mathematician as a protagonist in a comic book? Author does a great job of breaking down complex mathematical concepts and telling Bertrand’s life story. Fun read with unique artistic style.

Reviewed by Ben