Take these books off my shelf!

What’s up everyone!

Haven’t done a good giveaway in a while so let’s change that today…

Got a stack of books just waiting to find a new home, so if you’re feeling lucky be sure to enter and I’ll drop them in parcel post!

(Speaking of parcels, we played “pass the parcel” this weekend at a kid’s birthday party and my son won the prize at the end, haha… had never heard of it before but apparently if you watch Bluey (and I seem to be the only one who doesn’t these days?!) it’s a popular game from there… (Lucky’s Dad’s Rules, of course))

Alright here’s what we’ve got today – if you want any of them just drop a note in the comments and you’ll be entered to win!

May the Book Gods shine down on you!!


Gonzo Capitalism:
How to Make Money in An Economy That Hates You

Just got this book in the mail from blogger/hustler/entrepreneur extraordinaire, Chris Guillebeau, and if it’s any indication of his past best-sellers this should be a good one too. You might remember Chris from the Art of Non-Conformity blog back in the day or his popular book, The $100 Startup.

Here’s a clip about it from his website:

“A fascinating tour of this brave new world where novelty and creativity are currency, and the creators are in control. From the community of gamers getting paid to play, to the armchair pundits beating the bookies in online prediction markets, to TikTok “Sleepfluencers,” AI artists, and the band of renegade investors upending the rules of finance, in the world of Gonzo Capitalism, anything goes.”

Learn more here (Amazon) –> Gonzo Capitalism

Since I have this one in hand, I’m happy to autograph it too…. Unless it’s weird autographing *someone else’s* book?! 😂😂


How to Get Rich:
One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets

how to get rich book

This one my best friend SWEARS BY, which is saying something since he *hates* money books, but in a way it’s more of a “business/hustling” book than it is money…

I tried reading it after he gave me his copy, but my mind is no longer in the “get rich and powerful!” mentality so perhaps it’s better suited for someone else :) It was super interesting though which kept my attention for the first few chapters, so if you’re looking for some tough love motivation or just want something *different* to read (it really is different!) you’ll want to check it out…

More here (Amazon): –> How To Get Rich

PS: For those of you who don’t know who Felix Dennis is (I didn’t), he was the founder of Maxim Magazine and a bunch of other super popular computer mags back in the day… He also randomly loves poetry which he made sure to scatter all throughout it which makes for an interesting juxtaposition (I told you it was different!)


Your Future Self:
How to Make Tomorrow Better Today

your future self

Now this one was brought to my attention by Hal Hershfield himself looking to get the word out and just recently dropped this summer. I haven’t had the chance to skim it yet, but he does seem to be a legit dude and the topic very much applies to what we’re about here.

Here’s a clip from his website to see if you like it:

“We’ve all had the desire to travel through time and see what our lives will be like later in life. While we want the best possible future for ourselves, we often fail to make decisions that would truly make that a reality. Why do we choose steak over vegetables at dinner, waving off concerns about high cholesterol? Why do we splurge on luxury cars rather than save for retirement? Why can’t we stick to our exercise programs? Why are so many of us so disconnected from our future selves?

Based on over a decade of groundbreaking research, Your Future Self explains that, in our minds, our future selves often look like strangers. Many of us view the future as incredibly distant, making us more likely to opt for immediate gratification that disregards the health and wellbeing of ourselves in the years to come. People who are able to connect with their future selves, however, are better able to balance living for today and planning for tomorrow. Your Future Self presents the science, describes the mental mistakes we make in thinking about the future, and gives us practical advice for imagining our best future so that we can make that a reality.”

Amazon –> Your Future Self


Kiss Your Money Hello!
(And Financial Stress Goodbye)

kiss your money hello

Here’s another new book that just dropped in June, and similarly Bill Hines reached out to offer up a free copy. It’s already hit the top lists of Personal Money Management, Investing Basics, College Financing, and Home Buying/Selling so seems to be resonating with people!

More from Amazon:

“This book is the way to financial peace, to relieving the number one stressor in our lives and relationships. It’s the guide to living every day on your own terms, and never having to go to a job you no longer love, of never having to miss those important life events. I’ll keep it simple—just the way your personal finances should be! The first word of the title is no coincidence. KISS means Keep It Simple Silly! Maybe I’ll even make you laugh. Your household should measure success in ‘happy’, not some corporate financial metric.”


Financial Fives:
The Top 325 Ways to Save, Earn, and Thrive to Retire Before 65

financial fives

This one comes from fellow $$$ blogger Gary Grewal of FinancialFives.com, whose graciously given me a copy to give away here (thanks dude!). Haven’t read it yet, but love how actionable it sounds :)

More from Amazon:

“The goal of Financial Fives is to provide easy-to-follow tips in areas of personal finance that are applicable to the average reader, to absorb ideas effectively, and also refer back to for easy reading. This book can help you retire early, negotiate a pay raise, save money on home renovations, save money on your wedding, buy a home, become debt-free, and more! And unique chapters on things like saving money at festivals, getting the most money out of travel and hotels, even how to make the most of launching your business idea!

Some chapters include:

  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Car Maintenance
  • 5 Guilt-Free Ways to Invest in Yourself
  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Throwing a Party
  • 5 Questions to Ask Your Realtor
  • 5 Ways to Save Money on the Dating Scene”


Wealthy Doc’s Guide to Achieving Financial Freedom: Transform Your Physician Salary into Wealth

wealth doc guide to financial freedom

Next we have Wealthy Doc‘s new book which comes in both Kindle version as well as print. It just dropped in May, and like my other blogger brethren he’s kindly offered up a free copy to give away here 🙏

Here’s more from Amazon:

“In Wealthy Doc’s Guide to Achieving Financial Freedom, author Brian Foley, MD, MBA, shares his journey from poverty to financial freedom through a career in medicine and investing. With over 30 years of experience, Foley is known as Wealthy Doc and runs a successful blog at Wealthydoc.org.

In his book, Foley outlines a step-by-step approach to help readers achieve financial independence. He begins with the importance of having a dream and making a financial plan, then covers topics such as managing debt, mastering emotions and money, maximizing income, investing, and real estate. The book also includes tips on how to protect your wealth, avoid taxes, and retire comfortably.”


Raising Money-Smart Grandkids:
A Guide for Grandparents: Unlock the Power of Financial Wisdom For Your Grandchildren

raising money-smart grandkids

Lastly, up for the taking is Paul Vasey’s latest book! Which the title says it all, but for good measure here’s a snippet from Amazon:

“From investing and building wealth to cultivating a spirit of philanthropy, this book covers a wide range of topics aimed at creating financially responsible individuals.

Ultimately, “Raising Money Smart Grandkids: A Guide for Grandparents” enables grandparents to leave a lasting legacy of financial wisdom and empowerment. By taking an active role in their grandchildren’s financial education, grandparents can help shape a generation of individuals who are confident, knowledgeable, and equipped to navigate the complexities of the modern financial landscape.

What sets this guide apart is its emphasis on intergenerational learning and the role of grandparents as money mentors.”


Interested in any???

Let me know which one(s) in the comments below (or via email if you’re reading this in my newsletter), and you’ll be automatically entered to win. You can enter for as many as you like, and we’ll choose the winners at the end of the weekend.

Good luck!!

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” And there’s a ton of knowledge up in here!

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Congrats to the following winners!

  • Gonzo Capitalism: Mark Emrick
  • How to Get Rich: Jacki
  • Your Future Self: Whimsy
  • Kiss Your Money Hello!: Cathie 
  • Financial Fives: Niccole Hyatt
  • Wealthy Doc’s Guide to Freedom: Tammy Hardin
  • Raising $$$-Smart Grandkids: Dale
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  1. Leah October 4, 2023 at 7:29 AM

    Hi J,
    I’d love to read Gonzo Capitalism if you send it my way.
    I also love Bluey and I’m thinking about trying pass the parcel


    1. JEFFREY L FLOYD October 6, 2023 at 10:53 AM

      Gonzo works for me

  2. Cathie October 4, 2023 at 7:31 AM

    I’d love to have Gonzo Capitalism, How To Get RICH, or Kiss Your Money Hello!
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. James Christensen October 4, 2023 at 7:32 AM

    Hey J$,

    Good stuff. I’d be interested in How to get Rich and Your future Self. Thanks brother

    – Jim

  4. anon October 4, 2023 at 7:41 AM

    I’d read Gonzo Capitalism or Financial Fives, although I’ve already retired so I don’t know if these apply to my situation.

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 7:54 AM

      Can always take away something from a book :) I’ve got you down for both…

  5. andy smith October 4, 2023 at 8:30 AM

    interested in any and all of these!

  6. Joe October 4, 2023 at 8:48 AM

    Gonzo or How to Get Rich! Thanks for sharing the wealth of knowledge.

  7. Deb October 4, 2023 at 8:58 AM

    I am very interested in reading Your Future Self. Also How to Get Rich.
    Anything on money would be great to read actually. Thanks so much for doing this!

  8. Tracy K October 4, 2023 at 9:21 AM

    Financial Fives or Raising Money Smart Grandkids appeal to me. I’ve been eyeing Gary’s book for some time now as I also follow his blog.

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 9:53 AM

      Oh cool! He’ll be glad to hear that :)

  9. Jaime October 4, 2023 at 9:39 AM

    Gonzo Capitalism sounds like a great read!

  10. Audra F. October 4, 2023 at 9:42 AM

    I am interested in reading Financial Fives. I’m always looking for new ways to become financially independent so my husband and I can retire early.
    Pass the parcel is a hilarious game; we played it at my daughter’s birthday party last month.

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 9:54 AM

      Haha awesome!!!! It was a first one for me and will most definitely not be the last now ;)

  11. Joanne McNeal October 4, 2023 at 9:47 AM

    Your Future Self is of interest to me. Thanks for offering your books.

  12. ZKendrick October 4, 2023 at 9:48 AM

    I’d be interested in any of these books, they all seem like interesting reads and I love adding to the library. Thanks J!

  13. Lisa October 4, 2023 at 10:11 AM

    I would love Money Smart Grandkids! never too young (or old!) to learn. They run from 6 weeks to 17 years. I wish I had someone to help me on my journey.

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 4:40 PM

      That’s an impressive age range! I heard it’s the BEST being a grandparent too – all the perks without the fuss lol…

  14. Samantha Chapman October 4, 2023 at 10:13 AM

    Hi J!
    I’ve been wanting to read Chris’s new book Gonzo Capitalism.

    Have a great weekend,

  15. AMY R AGUILERA LEFORCE October 4, 2023 at 10:18 AM

    Gonzo Capitalism, How To Get RICH, Kiss Your Money Hello, Your Future Self. Thank you for sharing the knowledge. ;-)

  16. Lisa October 4, 2023 at 10:19 AM

    I would love to read Kiss Your Money Hello or Gonzo Capitalism.

  17. Heather October 4, 2023 at 12:44 PM

    Financial Fives or Your Future Self would definitely be helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  18. dale October 4, 2023 at 12:52 PM

    interested in them all…not all readers are leaders but all leaders are reader-will be sure to pass them on/pay forward after they are read as knowledge makes the world go around!!!! : ) Thanks

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 4:42 PM

      Haha amen to that!

  19. Sue D October 4, 2023 at 1:10 PM

    I like the number five, and why not send me the financial fives?

    Thanks J!

  20. Financial Fives October 4, 2023 at 1:45 PM

    Hey, one of those looks familiar! ;)

    I try to stay up to date on new FI books, but I hadn’t yet heard of Gonzo Capitalism or Your Future Self, def adding to the list! (And if no one wants either copy I’ll take it :))

    You’re the man J! These book givewaways are so fun.

    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 4:43 PM

      Yeah man! Thanks for being a part of it this round! Your book is currently the 2nd most popular one requested so far ;)

  21. Andrea Kincannon October 4, 2023 at 3:14 PM

    “Your Future Self: How to Make Tomorrow Better Today” sounds like one I would enjoy greatly.

  22. Morgan October 4, 2023 at 4:32 PM

    Sup Jay,

    I do not comment or post often(on anything) nor do I win anything…ever. And admittedly the two are probably related. So i figured why not give it a try. A good book is a far more worthy prize than the normal hooplah…..unless the prize is money.lol


    1. J. Money October 4, 2023 at 4:45 PM

      Hah! Great job coming out from the shadows! Though you forgot one thing – to tell me which book(s) you’re interested in ;) So you’re gonna have to comment twice! *gasp*

  23. Dave October 4, 2023 at 9:00 PM

    The future self book sounds like an interesting read

  24. Julie October 5, 2023 at 7:04 AM

    Thank you for the giveaway and let the book gods rain down!

  25. Liz October 5, 2023 at 7:15 AM

    I don’t need any books at the moment. I learned about pass the parcel because my mom had a British coworker who brought the game to a work party. Then a few years ago my cousin brought a variation to the family party. Instead of individual presents, it was a ball of plastic wrap with small presents and $5 gift cards within the layers. A few folks didn’t want their gift cards and passed them in to me. I was set w Dunkin for a while and I’d even shared a few with my sister and brother.
    Have a great day!

    1. J. Money October 5, 2023 at 7:22 AM

      Haha awesome!! The layers version def. passes around more goodies and probably the best for kids too so it’s not all or nothing!

  26. David Hunter October 5, 2023 at 9:17 PM

    Would love Gonzo Capitalism signed by you!! :-)

    1. J. Money October 6, 2023 at 8:55 AM

      Lol…. if you win it I shall grant that request ;)

  27. Scott October 5, 2023 at 10:16 PM

    Hi J Money! I would be interested in reading all of them, but I suppose the one that interests me the most is the book on my “future self”. I spent about 7 years rabidly concerning myself with my future self (saving for retirement). The last few years though, not so much. Maybe it’s time to read a primer on the topic!

    1. J. Money October 6, 2023 at 8:56 AM

      Cool! yeah, always good to work on ALL the versions of ourselves :) got you entered for it!

  28. Kevin October 6, 2023 at 9:03 AM

    Hi J.–

    I’d love to get a copy of either Gonzo Capitalism, or the 5’s book!

  29. Mikey October 6, 2023 at 10:48 AM

    Sup J$ ?

    Totally down to read “your future self” or “how to get rich” if you’re offering !


  30. Lynn October 6, 2023 at 10:54 AM

    Hey, J, I’d love to have the Raising Money Smart Grandkids one! Thanks for sharing your bookshelf!

  31. Tricia J Woods October 6, 2023 at 12:45 PM

    I am very interested in Your Future Self! I’ve actually been studying the ‘future self’ idea and coaching myself on how to become the person I want to me. Thank you!

    1. J. Money October 6, 2023 at 6:13 PM

      How wonderful!! I bet you’re improving like crazy as time goes on as all those little things add up to big things! :) Anything surprising you’ve learned about yourself so far? Or any hacks that have worked wonders?

  32. Tammy Hardin October 6, 2023 at 2:41 PM

    Bookworm Tammy , would love any book and thank you for what you do

    1. J. Money October 6, 2023 at 6:16 PM

      Okay – got you entered for all of them 👍

  33. Heidi October 6, 2023 at 3:39 PM

    Interested in any but Future Self definitely sounds interesting! Thanks for another opportunity to win. :)

  34. Carrie October 7, 2023 at 5:51 AM

    Financial Fives or Your Future Self both sound interesting to me!

  35. Mike October 7, 2023 at 6:30 AM

    All great books! Please enter me, thank you.

  36. Jacki October 7, 2023 at 11:42 AM

    I’d be grateful to receive any of them! Thank you for offering

  37. Katie October 7, 2023 at 10:46 PM

    Hey, I’d be interested in these:

    Gonzo Capitalism (it’s been on my radar since pre-launch)
    Financial Fives (sounds like non-standard tips, love that!)
    Money Smart Kids (I’m tackling this with my niece in a few months)

    Awesome idea, thanks!!

  38. Chris October 9, 2023 at 8:22 AM

    Financial Fives sounds interesting! Thanks

  39. J. Money October 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM


    Congrats to the following winners!

    – Gonzo Capitalism: **Mark Emrick**
    – How to Get Rich: **Jacki**
    – Your Future Self: **Whimsy**
    – Kiss Your Money Hello!: **Cathie **
    – Financial Fives: **Niccole Hyatt**
    – Wealthy Doc’s Guide to Freedom: **Tammy Hardin**
    – Raising $$$-Smart Grandkids: **Dale**

  40. Camillo Craft October 13, 2023 at 9:42 AM

    A good book is never a bad idea, right?


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