Throwback to summers as a kid and joining your library’s summer reading contest. This summer, at, we want to empower ourselves and steadily continue on our financial literacy journey. Here are our summer reading and listening list suggestions–short and sweet just to get you going:




1. Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation–and Positive Strategies for Change – this book by Linda Babcock explores the reasons why women have a hard time asking for what they need and how we can develop the financial literacy skills to become stronger negotiators.

2. ThriveThis book by Arianna Huffington isn’t directly about finances but gives you a lifestyle guide to managing your high flying life, taking care of your health and producing something in the world. It’s a quick read and oh–it will make you REALLY want to get your 8 hours of sleep!!

3. AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip This book by Jean Chatzky proposes that health and wealth go hand in hand. The same rules that we follow to maintain our health can also work to preserve and increase our wealth.

4. The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times – This book encourages introspection and reflection. Jean Chatzky asks you to review how your thoughts affect your financial behavior and how to recognize habits that are pushing you further back or moving you forward.

5. Lean-In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead – Sheryl Sandberg’s work has gotten so much media attention. Although her book has been met with much criticism for her lack of acknowledging her privilege, there are still poignant takeaways. Also, this is a really interesting read against the backdrop of her slightly changed stance about “leaning-in”.

6. The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich  – David Bach’s best-selling book has been translated into 12 languages and has seen incredible numbers in sales. While it was published over 10 years ago, it is still really relevant. This book teaches you how to automate the concept of paying yourself first and gives everyday people a method to becoming millionaires.



1. NPR: Planet Money – NPR’s Planet Money is a biweekly podcast that discusses the economy using a conversational tone. Its an easy listen that will leave you more financially aware than you were before. This one is an easy financial literacy must!

2. Playdate With Sarah Jones – Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award ­winning playwright and performer. Her new podcast, Playdate, features her many different characters while discussing society and current events. She is so much fun to listen to – her performance talent is amazing to witness in person.


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