If you're looking for some good reads this summer, my Sunday column on so-called financial "beach books," has some great picks by local financial professionals.
We also recently chatted up Jean Chatzky, the personal finance author and Today show TV commentator, who shared her summer reading list.
"I just downloaded a few mysteries, including "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. And "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by NY Times reporter Charles Duhigg."
Not surprisingly, Chatzky also recommended her newest book, "Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security."
"It's an easy read; there's one rule to a page. It's a good one to send with a kid going off to college, for sure."
She also recommends "The Behavior Gap" by Carl Richards: "It's by a financial adviser on why we do things with our money that aren't always in our best interest."
You may know Richards for his basic black-and-white sketches - on napkins - that explain financial concepts, which appear weekly in the New York Times Bucks blog.
Also this summer, Chatzky wants to read "Happier at Home" by Gretchen Rubin, whose first book "The Happiness Project," chronicled a year spent "trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle and generally have more fun."
Rubin's sort-of sequel, says Chatzky, is not purely a money book but "talks a lot about financial decisions that make people happy ... where you get the biggest bang for your buck."
We like the sound of that.