The best 26 Retirement books

Retirement is an important life stage that requires thoughtful planning and preparation. Ensuring a comfortable and fulfilling retirement involves a deep understanding of various financial, emotional, and lifestyle aspects. That's why we've created this list of insightful books to guide you through the process.

Our selection covers essential retirement topics, helping you make informed decisions and plan for a secure future. So, let's take the first step towards a rewarding retirement and explore these valuable resources!
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Retirement Books: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Robert T. Kiyosaki
What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money – That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
4.6 (5,220 ratings)

What's Rich Dad, Poor Dad about?

Combining autobiography and personal advice, Rich Dad, Poor Dad (1997) outlines how you can become financially independent and wealthy. The author argues that what he teaches in this New York Times best seller are things we’re never taught in society, and that what the upper-class passes on to its children is the necessary knowledge for getting (and staying) rich. As evidence to support his claims, he cites his highly successful career as an investor and his retirement at the early age of 47.

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Who should read Rich Dad, Poor Dad?

  • Anyone looking to get out of the rat race
  • Anyone interested in learning how the rich get rich
  • Anyone wondering how to approach investing

Retirement Books: Millennial Money by Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Millennial Money

Patrick O’Shaughnessy
How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune
3.9 (157 ratings)

What's Millennial Money about?

Although technological advances have made it easier than ever to invest in the stock market, today’s Millennials (young adults born between 1980 and 2000) tend to be risk-averse. But this kind of thinking is misguided. Given that benefits like Social Security and retirement pensions are imperiled, it has never been more important for young people to start investing in their future financial security.

Who should read Millennial Money?

  • The “Millennial” generation
  • Anyone who wants to become a successful investor
  • Anyone who wants to build a secure financial future

Retirement Books: I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Ramit Sethi
4.0 (534 ratings)

What's I Will Teach You To Be Rich about?

I Will Teach You To Be Rich takes a straight-talking and amusingly cocky approach to smart banking, saving, spending and investing. You don't need to be an expert to become rich, you just need to have a plan and know a few tricks. Sethi will teach you the benefits of saving as early as possible and setting up automatic investments so you can sit back and let your money work for you.

Who should read I Will Teach You To Be Rich?

  • Anybody who wants to start making more money
  • Students, graduates or recent recruits who want more from their investment in their educations

Retirement Books: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey
A Proven Plan for Finance Fitness
4.2 (263 ratings)

What's The Total Money Makeover about?

The Total Money Makeover (2013) is a step-by-step guide to turning your financial situation around, no matter how nasty it seems. By following these seven simple steps, you can put financial security back into your life and begin planning for a comfortable, contented retirement.

Who should read The Total Money Makeover?

  • Anyone looking to improve their financial situation
  • People who want to avoid or get out of debt
  • Anyone who wants to be better prepared for the future, whether it be their retirement or their children’s education

Retirement Books: Thou Shall Prosper by Daniel Lapin

Thou Shall Prosper

Daniel Lapin
Ten Commandments for Making Money
4.5 (49 ratings)

What's Thou Shall Prosper about?

Thou Shall Prosper (2009) offers a revealing look at what Jewish principles can teach us about building wealth and finding success. By adhering to these principles, one can survive and thrive in today’s volatile economy.

Who should read Thou Shall Prosper?

  • Business owners looking for the keys to success
  • Students and employees considering starting their own business
  • Readers nearing retirement

Retirement Books: The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack

The Index Card

Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack
Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
3.7 (65 ratings)

What's The Index Card about?

The Index Card (2016) simplifies personal finance. These blinks cover everything from getting a good deal on your mortgage to securing quality life insurance, starting your own savings account and even choosing a financial advisor.

Who should read The Index Card?

  • Students and millennials who are staring down a rocky financial future
  • People who are in debt
  • First-time homebuyers

Retirement Books: The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage

The Financial Diet

Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money
4.3 (146 ratings)

What's The Financial Diet about?

The Financial Diet (2018) is a beginner’s guide to being better with money. Whether you want to bring your spending habits under control, pay off your student debts or just figure out how to start saving money for the future, these blinks will give you the tools to do so.

Who should read The Financial Diet?

  • Millennials who want to get a grip on their finances
  • Women who want to secure their financial independence
  • Anyone who wants to live a better life while spending less money

Retirement Books: The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape
The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need
4.1 (133 ratings)

What's The Barefoot Investor about?

The Barefoot Investor (2017) will give you clear instructions on how better to manage your money. There are simple rules to follow that will ensure your financial security and help you break any dependence on credit.

Who should read The Barefoot Investor?

  • Anyone struggling with debt or credit cards
  • Anyone who wants get a foot on the property ladder
  • Young people disillusioned with their chances of living a financially comfortable life

Retirement Books: Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

Dollars and Sense

Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
4.3 (120 ratings)

What's Dollars and Sense about?

We use money every day to take care of bills and purchase the things we need to get by in life, yet rarely seem to think rationally about spending it. Dollars and Sense (2017) explores the irrational human nature that leads to bad spending habits, why we’re so bad at saving money and how to resolve this all too human shortcoming.

Who should read Dollars and Sense?

  • People who struggle to manage their money
  • Bargain hunters
  • Young people thinking about saving

Retirement Books: Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Quit Like a Millionaire

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung
No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required
4.4 (292 ratings)

What's Quit Like a Millionaire about?

Quit Like a Millionaire (2019) is a bold no-nonsense guide to managing your money and growing your wealth. Drawing on Kristy Shen’s mathematically proven approach to saving, investing and spending, these blinks won’t just liberate you from debt – they’ll put you on the road to financial independence. The best news? You don’t need to become an entrepreneur or a real estate baron to get there. All it takes is a spreadsheet and some careful planning. 

Who should read Quit Like a Millionaire?

  • Workers tired of the nine-to-five slog
  • Hustlers, self-starters and lateral thinkers
  • Would-be early retirees

Retirement Books: Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) by Scott Rieckens

Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)

Scott Rieckens
How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
4.2 (426 ratings)

What's Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) about?

Playing with FIRE (2019) takes a look at the growing movement known as FIRE, or Financial Independence, Retire Early. With a detailed account of the author’s own life-changing journey and examples of diverse FIRE devotees, it reveals ways in which you can change your spending and investing habits to pursue your passions and live a more meaningful life.

Who should read Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early)?

  • Anyone interested in early retirement
  • Finance buffs
  • Amazon addicts living from paycheck to paycheck

Retirement Books: Millennial Money Makeover by Conor Richardson

Millennial Money Makeover

Conor Richardson
Escape Debt, Save for Your Future, and Live the Rich Life Now
4.4 (124 ratings)

What's Millennial Money Makeover about?

Millennial Money Makeover (2019) is essential reading for millennials who want to get a grip on their finances. In this accessible guide to money management, Conor Richardson offers straightforward financial solutions for the unique economic challenges and stressors that many millennials experience.

Who should read Millennial Money Makeover?

  • Millennials who know they should be saving but don’t know where to begin
  • Graduates struggling to pay off student loans
  • Anyone on the brink of making a big-ticket purchase

Retirement Books: From Here to Financial Happiness by Jonathan Clements

From Here to Financial Happiness

Jonathan Clements
Enrich Your Life in Just 77 Days
4.0 (109 ratings)

What's From Here to Financial Happiness about?

From Here to Financial Happiness (2018) presents you with simple tools to help overcome anxiety about your finances, showing you how best to put aside enough money to lead a comfortable life and for retirement. 

Who should read From Here to Financial Happiness?

  • Financial advisors
  • Millennials who want to save some money
  • Credit card holders and anyone with debt

Retirement Books: The Geometry of Wealth by Brian Portnoy

The Geometry of Wealth

Brian Portnoy
How to Shape a Life of Money and Meaning
4.2 (213 ratings)

What's The Geometry of Wealth about?

The Geometry of Wealth (2018) is a practical guide to managing your finances. Packed with financial wisdom and hands-on money-management tips, these blinks also look at the larger, philosophical questions around abundance. Author Brian Portnoy argues that material and spiritual planning go hand in hand. Take care of both and you’ll achieve true wealth.

Who should read The Geometry of Wealth?

  • Investors and savers
  • Folks looking to beat the debt trap
  • Consultants and financial planners

Retirement Books: Your Retirement Salary by Richard Dyson and Richard Evans

Your Retirement Salary

Richard Dyson and Richard Evans
How to Use Your Lifetime of Pension Savings to Pay Yourself an Income in Your Retirement
3.7 (104 ratings)

What's Your Retirement Salary about?

Your Retirement Salary (2019) tackles a knotty question asked by savers approaching retirement age: How do you transform your savings into an income that will see you through your sunset years? Drawing on years of experience addressing readers’ personal finance questions for a leading British newspaper, Richard Dyson and Richard Evans provide a wealth of insights into getting the most out of your pension pot. 

Who should read Your Retirement Salary?

  • Retirees or pensioners
  • Savers with an eye on the future 
  • Finance fanatics

Retirement Books: Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier

Financial Freedom

Grant Sabatier
A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need
4.2 (459 ratings)

What's Financial Freedom about?

Financial Freedom (2019) offers a financial strategy that will help you generate enough wealth to live off the interest of your investments, freeing you from the need to work. Irrespective of your present financial situation or income level, you can use this strategy to achieve financial independence so you can retire sooner, and happier.

Who should read Financial Freedom?

  • Nine-to-fivers longing to escape their cubicles
  • Millennials wanting to retire long before their sixties
  • Sufferers of financial anxiety

Retirement Books: The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ by Suze Orman

The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+

Suze Orman
Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime
4.2 (267 ratings)

What's The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ about?

The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ (2020) is a guide to retirement by one of America’s best-known money experts – Suze Orman. Packed with actionable tips and tricks on everything from downsizing to investing wisely, these blinks will help you create a retirement plan that guarantees financial well-being and peace of mind.

Who should read The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+?

  • Retirees worried about making ends meet 
  • Mid-career professionals with an eye on the future
  • Parents with financially dependent adult children

Retirement Books: Money by Laura Whateley


Laura Whateley
A User’s Guide
4.0 (137 ratings)

What's Money about?

Money (2018), the celebrated handbook to all things money, cuts through obscure financial jargon to explain personal finance in clear and straightforward terms. Brimming with actionable advice, it helps you finally tackle those pesky financial problems you’ve been avoiding for so long, from managing your debt to sorting out your pension. It’s time to take back control and feel good about your finances.

Who should read Money?

  • Millennials struggling to get by in a confusing and expensive financial system.
  • Cash-strapped people who are constantly fretting over their expenses.
  • Anyone who wants to ease financial stress and grow their wealth for the future.

Retirement Books: Die with Zero by Bill Perkins

Die with Zero

Bill Perkins
Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your Life
4.4 (412 ratings)

What's Die with Zero about?

Die with Zero (2020) explores the benefits of spending more and saving less. These blinks bust the myths that surround the concept of delayed gratification and comfortable retirement. They also explain how everyone can squeeze out more enjoyment from their money.

Who should read Die with Zero?

  • Workaholics searching for balance
  • Financial advisors looking for fresh insights
  • Young professionals wanting a new perspective

Retirement Books: The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb by Ed Slott

The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb

Ed Slott
How to Take Financial Control, Avoid Unnecessary Taxes, and Combat the Latest Threats to Your Retirement Savings
4.0 (40 ratings)

What's The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb about?

The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb (2021) is a practical handbook to achieving your retirement goals. This level-headed guide provides an easy-to-follow plan for cultivating a nest egg even during turbulent times.

Who should read The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb?

  • Careful savers approaching retirement age
  • Young workers getting a head start on a savings plan
  • Anyone wishing for stress-free golden years

Retirement Books: Rich Dad's Who Took My Money? by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad's Who Took My Money?

Robert T. Kiyosaki
Why Slow Investors Lose and Fast Money Wins!
4.4 (366 ratings)

What's Rich Dad's Who Took My Money? about?

Rich Dad’s Who Took My Money? (2004) explains why the time-honored strategy of saving money, investing in mutual funds, and holding on to paper assets for the long term is all wrong. Instead, if you want to get rich quick, you need to become a power investor who combines different asset types – like real estate, businesses, and stocks – to generate a continuous cash flow. 

Who should read Rich Dad's Who Took My Money??

  • Anyone worried about their financial future
  • Investors and real estate professionals
  • People looking to escape the daily grind

Retirement Books: Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge with Allan J. Hamilton

Younger Next Year

Chris Crowley & Henry S. Lodge with Allan J. Hamilton
Live Strong, Fit, Sexy, and Smart – Until You’re 80 and Beyond
4.0 (149 ratings)

What's Younger Next Year about?

Younger Next Year (2019) is an actionable guide to delaying the onset of 70 percent of normal aging signs until well into your final years. It focuses on seven rules for achieving a stronger, healthier, and younger body and mind. 

Who should read Younger Next Year?

  • Retirees who want to regain their youth
  • People close to retirement
  • Anyone craving a healthier lifestyle

Retirement Books: Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach

Smart Women Finish Rich

David Bach
3.6 (67 ratings)

What's Smart Women Finish Rich about?

Smart Women Finish Rich (1998) is a guide to financial empowerment. The personal finance classic walks readers through everything from saving to investing to – ultimately – building a values-based life and funding your dreams. 

Who should read Smart Women Finish Rich?

  • Anyone intimidated by personal finance
  • Young women starting out in their careers
  • Individuals approaching retirement

Retirement Books: The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

The Millionaire Fastlane

MJ DeMarco
Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!
3.8 (330 ratings)

What's The Millionaire Fastlane about?

The Millionaire Fastlane (2011) challenges conventional wisdom about accumulating wealth and presents an alternative roadmap to financial independence. As opposed to taking the “Slowlane” approach of saving and investing over decades, it argues that investors should instead seize opportunities in entrepreneurship that can lead to rapid wealth accumulation. It covers key principles such as creating scalable businesses, taking calculated risks, and leveraging time to achieve financial freedom more quickly.

Who should read The Millionaire Fastlane?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking financial freedom
  • Skeptics of traditional investment advice
  • Individuals interested in the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) methodology


Retirement Books: Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money by Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money

Dave Ramsey
3.5 (62 ratings)

What's Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money about?

Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money (2011) is a hands-on guide to personal finance. It details the best approaches to everything money – including budgeting, saving, investing, and getting insurance.

Who should read Dave Ramsey's Complete Guide To Money?

  • Anyone wanting to manage their finances correctly
  • Individuals struggling with debt
  • Young adults seeking budgeting tips

Retirement Books: Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement by Rachel Richards

Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement

Rachel Richards
The Secret to Freedom, Flexibility, and Financial Independence (& How to Get Started!)
3.7 (251 ratings)

What's Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement about?

Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement (2019) is a roadmap to financial freedom through diversified income streams like real estate, stocks, and other forms of passive income. As traditional retirement plans become outdated, financial independence emerges as the new goal. Discover the tools to craft your prosperous financial narrative.

Who should read Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking guidance on diversifying their income streams
  • Millennial professionals aiming to achieve financial independence before traditional retirement age
  • Personal finance enthusiasts eager to explore various avenues of wealth generation

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What's the best Retirement book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Rich Dad, Poor Dad as the ultimate read on Retirement.

What are the Top 10 Retirement books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Millennial Money by Patrick O’Shaughnessy
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • Thou Shall Prosper by Daniel Lapin
  • The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack
  • The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
  • The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
  • Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
  • Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Who are the top Retirement book authors?

When it comes to Retirement, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy
  • Ramit Sethi
  • Dave Ramsey
  • Daniel Lapin