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Priceless Bargain Books: Must Read

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I love bargain books. I am fond of visiting bookstores, on the lookout for good books sold at a bargain. Booksales and stores of second-hand books are also part of my must-visit stores when I go to malls. The nerd. 

As I have previously shared, I love to read. I consider reading as one of my most reliable teachers. Most of the time, I even prefer to search and read on stuff instead of asking people their inputs on these. I guess I am independent in that way.
I prefer to find solutions and read on my own, before I ask possible subject matter experts. And if ever I ask at all, I make sure that I at least have a gist of the subject that I’ll be asking about, so in there, individual reading and research factor in once more. The control freak that I am, I don’t want to be left in the dark without bit of know-how on something I really need to know and grasp. 

That’s why I do my own readings, and learning no matter how limited this approach may be. That’s my attempt in loading up on bullets before I go to war. Anyway, going back, I like it when I find good books sold at super bargain prices. Some books that I was able to buy at what I consider as super bargain prices are: 

One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch, paperback. This book taught me my very foundations in stocks investing as a fundamentalist. In latter posts, I will share the gist of what I have learned in this blog. Bought it at Php40, gave me earnings of a thousand times more, and counting.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, hardbound, glossy pages with colored illustrations by no other than Pauline Baynes, omnibus edition (7 books in 1!). Bought this at half the price, at Php875 in Powerbooks. The book was reserved for someone else but no longer took it so it was sold to me. Talk about destiny! Last time I checked, the book sells at Php1,700. I’m actually wondering until now why it was discounted back then. Anyway, this book has taught me philosophy and theology in life, in the simplest words meant for kiddies audiences. Thanks Aslan and Clive. And did I say that CS Lewis is one of my favorite authors of all time?

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck paperback, bought it for Php40 in a booksale. Written by a psychologist, this book explores and tries to define in the most comprehensible way possible the concepts of discipline, delay in gratification, love, spiritual maturity, religion etc. Call me bookish but this book has helped me a lot especially in terms of understanding the importance of delay in gratification, discipline, maturity and hard work. Though I’m not perfect, it also showed me a readable glimpse of what it means (or should mean) to love.


My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki. Paperback. Bought these books in a booksale at UP for only Php70 each (I think the brand new copies sell at Php280). These books awoke the businessman and investor in me, establishing and confirming my hidden inclinations that businesses and investment, and not long-term employment, is the way to financial freedom. At least in my opinion.



My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

BULL! A history of the Boom and Bust, 1982-2004 by Maggie Mahar, paperback. Here, Maggie talks about the politics, selfish ulterior motives and greed at work in the US market, which can be invisible to the public. She also talks about the events and forces that lead to the bull runs and bearish phases in the US in the last 3 decades. Bought it at booksale in SM North for P175, taught me not to trust the so-called experts and opened my eyes to the bigger reality that stock markets are not just fundamentals, technicals and speculation—it is very much a part of the economy and politics and the other forces at work.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  ☆ ☆

Watch out for my separate entries on some of the books I recommend for reading!

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2 Responses

  1. […] on stocks fundamentals, on how I should use what I know to earn money from the stock market. In his One Up on Wall Street, he gives a lot of tips and advice and learning points that transcends the US market, that are very […]

  2. Merie Cecilia Garces says:

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki! Yep; this book taught me a lot – about the importance of and tricks about, financial freedom; launched me to rethink and define what i really want my life to be; opened up new possibilies and/or avenues for me to pursue; and best of all, it made me realize i can do so much; that life is indeed without limits; it was the catalyst that eventually led me to the right philosophies and principles to live life by, thereby changing my mentality and my reality consequently. Thanks

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