Gray Tide In The East

Read this one over the course of about 2 weeks (was usurped in line by Retire Inspired). I have to admit, I wasn’t aware how little I knew about WWI. A very useful part of this book was his note at the end that basically compares what ACTUALLY happened, and what happens his version. It’s certainly not an in-depth-everything-WWI or anything, but even if you don’t know much about WWI (like me) you get enough information to contrast reality and the alternate version. Armed with this knowledge after-the-fact, you can really tell the great blend of historical facts/people with the fictional story line/plot/actions.

I also love the multiple points of view throughout the book. I like the contrasting thoughts of the same event or buildup to an event. Would’ve liked to have seen a little bit more of the Russian side, as it rather felt like the story was “Russians = inept, unwilling, disinterested, but courageous”.

I would definitely recommend this book!

By: Andrew J. Heller

Gray Tide in the East

Retire Inspired

This book was a quick read – I started and finished it on a Saturday afternoon (because that’s what ALL the cool kids do on Saturday afternoons…). This is a more in-depth look at Dave Ramsey’s baby step 7, and he doesn’t disappoint. I loved the stories in there, especially this “beware” story…

*shudder*

But…that story inspired me to talk to my Dad about his retirement and let him know I’m worried about him and his retirement in the next 10 years or so. It’s small, but maybe it can help motivate him just that little bit extra. I don’t want to see him working until he’s 80 – he deserves better than that.

I’m only on Baby Step 3, but I can’t wait to get to the point where I can “give like no one else”.

I recommend taking Mr. Hogan’s IR:Q – you have to give him an email address, but he walks you through what you want your retirement to look like, and exactly how much you need to save each month in order to retire that way.

By: Chris Hogan

Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number