Wednesday Reads

Wednesday Reads: Best Books of 2020

A round up of interesting or cool stuff I’ve read.

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Best books of 2020

I wanted to highlight the best books I’ve read in 2020.

Turns out, I only read books about money, or fantasy/sci-fi. So those are the two categories I’m going with!

Maybe I should make a new year’s resolution to expand my reading…

It doesn’t necessarily matter when the books came out. The only prerequisite is that I had to read them this year.

Without further ado:


Best Money Books of 2020

  • The Psychology of Money, by Morgan Housel. Morgan is a great writer. This book focusses on our behaviour with money, and why we treat it the way that we do. It also inspired me to write a post, The Long Tail, not long after it came out.


  • How I Invest My Money, edited by Joshua Brown and Brian Portnoy. I’ve just finished reading this (and wrote a post to summarise my main takeaways – Six Lessons from ‘How I Invest My Money’) and wanted to include it on my list of recommendations. Despite the name, it’s not really a ‘how to’ guide (that’s next on the list). Instead, it’s a collection of essays from a variety of (US-based) financial experts about how they view money, why they invest, etc. Not every chapter hit the spot, but I found that many of them gave me food for thought.


  • Investing Demystified, by Lars Kroijer. Possibly technically cheating, as I first read this book in 2017/18… But I re-read it (and wrote a post about it) earlier this year. It’s a great, concise book, explaining why you should stick with a simple portfolio of a global index tracker and some bonds, in a ratio to suit your risk tolerance.


Best Fiction of 2020

Not remotely related to finance or investing, so feel free to skip to the next section if you’re not interested.

  • A Little Hatred & The Trouble With Peace, by Joe Abercrombie. Parts one and two of the Age of Madness trilogy, and parts eight and nine (if you count the collection of short stories as book 7) of the First Law series.
    My favourite books of 2020. Abercrombie writes really excellent characters and prose that kept me hooked until the end. Even if you haven’t read any of the First Law series, this trilogy makes a good jumping on point. It’s far enough removed from original books that the story will still make sense. Book three isn’t due for release until September 2021. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how the trilogy concludes.


  • Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells. Part 2 of the Murderbot Diaries.
    On the whole, this is a good sci-fi series following an android on it’s adventures through space. Of the four novellas in this series, the second was by far my favourite. An engaging pairing of characters made for a funny and gripping story.


  • Monstrous Regiment, by Terry Pratchett. I’ve only read a handful of the Discworld series. This book was a reminder that he writes really funny, intelligent books (who knew?) and that I should get on with reading the rest of them.

So those are my favourite books I’ve read in 2020. If you have any recommendations for the next year, please do share in the comments below. Even though my to-read list is huge and doesn’t stop growing, I’m always on the look out for something new!


Interesting links that caught my eye this week:



  • Joslin Rhodes10 top tips for retirement
    I’d be remiss not to feature this, as it features yours truly! Ten UK FI bloggers offer their top tips for retirement.





  • A Wealth of Common SenseHow to publish your own book
    I’ve always liked the idea of publishing a book (just have to write it first…). Although traditional publishing is typically preferable for most rather than self-publishing, this was a useful summary of the steps involved.




  • MonevatorWhat’s your financial origin story?
    Everyone’s origin story is different – but why are we all on the path to FI? The Accumulator shares their story, and there are lots of great anecdotes in the comments.


  • IndeedablyBeguile
    A discussion on affiliate marketing, and why you shouldn’t be so quick to trust the reviews you see online. Sounds like a dry topic, but Indeedably writes about it really well, as always


  • Blair duQuesnayAsset destruction
    This might be more US-focussed, but I found that this was a useful primer on when life insurance might be useful for someone, and why most of us do not need whole life assurance.








  • Sign up to Trading212 via this link and we both receive a free share.


  • Purpose vs profit: The Trade-off GameFinancial Times. Fun little five minute game where you try to balance your investors’ desire for profit with your stakeholders’ desire to do good in the world.


Thanks for reading. Hope you’re all having a good week.

4 replies on “Wednesday Reads: Best Books of 2020”

No problem, Ken. Was very cool to see your passion for The Humble Penny, and to see what you have planned for the future.

Morgan Housel’s book is on a list for a member of my family to buy – if no uptake, then I may get it myself!

Also got those Abercrombie books on my to-read list, plus I’ve actually got that short stories collection on my bookshelf, just not gotten round to it yet.

I tried Pratchett’s Discworld series when I was at uni but at the time, I was really into my serious/high fantasy so the humour annoyed me/went over my head and I didn’t get past the first couple of books. I may give them another go seeing as there are so many of them and I do love a good series!

Looking forward to hearing/reading your opinion on Morgan’s book, when you get around to reading it 🙂

I’m still yet to read the short story collection. I’ve heard good things, just haven’t quite got to it. This new trilogy is set about 30 years after the first, so it’s really cool to see how the world has changed in that time. Hopefully you get a chance to read them soon; maybe you can time it so that the final book comes out just as you finish the second!

I often see it recommended to not start at the beginning of the Discworld series. The first couple of books aren’t as good as later ones, so maybe that didn’t help when you first tried the series. Online, I usually see Mort or Guards! Guards! recommended as the best places to start. The first one I read was The Wee Free Men, which I remember being very enjoyable. The good thing about the series is that there isn’t a big overarching plot, so you can usually jump in at any point. Monstrous Regiment is apparently book 31. I have definitely not read all 30 preceding books in the series! I just thought it looked cool.

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