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Welcome to Book Buying Guide. This is basically a guide of all my favourite books, with emphasis on who I think might appreciate these books, which may help you determine whether to pick one up for yourself, or purchase as a gift for someone. Purchasing books online (or anything else that ships free) is one of my personal favourite ways to send a gift since you can have it mailed directly to the recipient rather than having to drop by the post office. I would rather that extra money go toward the gift itself than paying for the service separately. A lot of my good friends don’t live in the same town as me, so it’s a convenient, yet thoughtful way to send a little something for their birthday.

Here you will find a list of books that I have read and both really enjoyed the experience of reading them and the content was super valuable to me. Many of these books have actionable takeaways and provoke you to think about them long after you’ve finished the last page. Many of them contain principles I’ve established in my life, so I truly value their content.

If you are personally interested in reading these books I always recommend picking it up at your local library, and then purchasing if you really loved it.

This list is always being modified to remain current.

If you have any questions about these books, feel free to reach out to me. I’m passionate about them and would never mention something I didn’t believe in.


Set For Life Scott Trench Recommendation Book Gift Guide real estate personal finance

Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money and the American Dream

Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need by Grant Sabatier

Financial Freedom grant Sabatier book gift guide

I could hardly wait for this to arrive once I ordered it.I’ve loved the principles in this book, and would highly recommend.

This book actually had a resounding impact on me. It is symbolic of life and that it isn’t forever. See my post on what adds meaning to my life;  inspired by this book. The author makes you feel a sense of urgency to not waste time and focus the present. a must read, and a great gift

Paul Kalanithi when breath becomes air best book recommendation
Work Optional Tanja Hester Recommended book gift guide

Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


Essentialism Greg McKeown Recommended Book Gift Guide for business and self improvement

The Enabler: When Helping hurts the ones you Love

They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School

This book was written by an Indigenous woman of Alert Bay, here on Vancouver Island. She courageously shares her story of growing up and surviving an Indian residential school. A story many indigenous children didn’t survive, and many families are burdened with inter-generational trauma to this day. Despite the Indian residential school system indigenous people have been absolutely resilient to have made it through all that they have. Some communities are actively working to restore the culture, language and stories that were stripped from them all those years. 

Bev Sellars shares her incredible story and this book can be a tool for many to better understand what Indigenous people have been enduring since colonization.

book gift guide Bev Sellars they called me number one recommended

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