Hey Kates (and lovely friends-of-Kates)! I know I spend a lot of time writing about my life and it’s many trials and tribulations, but today I want to take a step back from all of that. Today, I’d like to pay homage to two incredibly awesome, helpful books that have made quite an impression on me.
Books are awesome in general, IMHO, but one thing you’ll learn during college is that seriously NONE of your class books will be able to teach you how to be a functional adult. None of them will detail how to handle a horrible break up, or how to get your utilities started when you move to a new place. And unless you’re majoring in finance, they won’t teach you how to manage your money either. That’s where these two books come in:
Adulting, by Kelly Williams Brown, is seriously adorable, beautifully written, and exceedingly helpful in it’s quest to make you a better adult. The chapters deal with multiple facets of adult life, such as what kitchen supplies to buy, how to be professional at your job, and how, at a certain point in your life, it’s necessary to have some sort of couch or chair in your apartment, so visitors can…y’know…sit.
Written with wisdom and open honesty, Kelly interweaves her own adult misadventures into the book, waxing poetic on her lack of cleaning skills and her tendency to buy ridiculous earrings made out of plants. She’s also refreshingly real when it comes to handling professional relationships, sexual encounters, and horrible break-ups.
So you need to be buy and read this book. Right now!
Also, for those cheapskates (or Brokey McPoorpants), Kelly Williams Brown also has a blog, on which the book was based, and you can read that for free!
2. I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Let me preface this by saying that I suck at math and numbers, so any book that can not only help me organize my finances, but automate them to near-perfect precision is a straight-up MIRACLE. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi is a no-nonsense guide to getting your monetary sh*t together, whether you’re just starting your first job or you’re 55 and have been employed for YEARS.
Ideally, though, the book is geared towards college kids and post-grads, in order to help them build savings and create healthy financial habits that will carry them through the rest of their lives. I absolutely love this book. Ramit writes with an easy, humorous flair that’s both geeky and charming, so the book never gets too dry (despite it being all about finances).
Additionally, he breaks everything down for you. Buying a car? Negotiating a raise at work? Paying off credit card debit? Figuring out your budget? It’s all in there! And the best part is, it’s all extremely PRACTICAL. Ramit would be the last person to recommend you quit your expensive coffee-buying habit–he’s much more concerned with helping you grow your savings account and negotiate a raise at work–so you can keep buying whatever coffee you want.
If you read this column on a frequent enough basis, you might remember my little write up concerning how I manage my own finances. I gave a shout out to I Will Teach You To Be Rich then as well, since the majority of my financial tricks come from that book.
Like any good author, Ramit also has a blog you can visit. In addition to financial advice, Ramit Sethi is interested in improving people’s lives in general. If you join his mailing list, you’ll be privy to ALL KINDS of information on starting your own business, earning money on the side, tricks to help you save, and resources to help you find your dream job.
I can’t recommend either of these books enough–especially for someone just starting out their adult life!
My CompliKAITed Life is a column by Kaitlin Marie running on Kate-book.com every other Wednesday at noon. You can read all about Kaitlin’s Zombie Apocalypse plans and geektastic lifestyle on her blog Zombies4breakfast.com. Oh, and follow her on Twitter here or on Pinterest here. She pins obsessively.