KniT, Crochet, Yarn. Real Life + Book reviews
You don’t have to be rich to live rich?! When I first picked up this book and stared at the cover subtitle for a quick minute (the clean white cover and yummy dollar sign latte also grabbed my attention), I thought hmm I suppose you don’t have to be rich to live rich, I guess. I assured myself I had heard some similar marketing gimmick statement like it before, in a self- help book that probably lay dusted on my bookshelf in between my Christian and Sci-Fi reads. I tried to tell myself to put The Latte Factor back on the Amazon bookstore shelf and move on. I thought pick up a historical romance, or a book on religion, maybe even a YA, anything but self-help/self-finance. I thought this would be a syrupy sweet you-can-do-it-girl overkill, over sale that would bring me in for the first few chapters, get me all excited for nothing and if I then failed to apply (or didn’t believe any of the author’s words) it would be a major waste of time.
Well turns out, I thought wrong. Major wrong.
This coffee-themed 160-page read (authored by a #1 New York Times author) is anything but a waste of time. The Latte Factor above all makes you think: what if there were a way you could achieve financial freedom and live your dreams without taking big risks or making dramatic changes? Now whether you read this book cover to cover believing every word in it, I think would be missing the point. Because I think the book’s ultimate goal is just to make you think. It doesn’t aim to make you give up your ideals and do a lifestyle-360, but rather, to just think about your life and the way you’re living it. Are you living joyfully? Plain and simple. Are you living your dreams to the fullest extent, like really living them? Do you know that there are strategic ways to not stress and forever slave for money? That’s what you’ll be left answering by the last page of this read.
What I love most about The Latter Factor is that it is a story at heart. It is a perfect 'non-fiction meet fiction' story balance. It is not someone just talking at you and telling you that everything you think you knew/know about money and riches is dead wrong (though it certainly challenged my self-ideals and impressions about paying myself first, money saving habits, and defining the truest riches in my life.) I related to the main character (I work 50+ hours in a big city!), and I love a good latte, but what I read in this book left me filled with so much more. I finished each chapter with more knowledge and self - worth then the one before.
This one was a page turner that provided me with both joy and a self-challenge to make sure that my life is where I currently want it, and that if it’s not to know with all of my heart that I have the power to change the course. I read it, and finished it, both smiling and crying, and realizing that life is as amazing as you make it. And that we don't always have to make life's journey some big mountain. Because maybe it's more step-by-step, one-day-at-a-time simpler than we think.
From the inside cover, The Latte Factor
The Latte Factor tells the story of Zoey Daniels, a twentysomething professional living and working in New York City. Zoey likes her job, and she’s good at it – but no matter how hard she works, she’s still struggling to make ends meet under a growing burden of student loans and credit card debt. And she can’t help wondering: Is this all there is to life? She eventually meets Henry, the elderly barista at her favorite Brooklyn coffee shop. Over the next few days, as Henry reveals what he calls the “Three Secrets to Financial Freedom” Zoey discovers that there is more to his life story than meets the eye, and that by following the simple, proven path he describes, she truly can create the life she’s always wanted.
About The Authors
David Bach is a legendary personal finance expert (he also wrote The Automatic Millionaire) and master storyteller John David Mann (who authored The Go-Giver) and in my opinion, these guys knocked this book right out of the coffee shop park. I can’t speak highly enough about the superb, but easy to read storytelling and the wealth of financial knowledge Bach and Mann both write to. Bach is one of the most trusted financial experts and best-selling financial authors of all time. He has written 9 (nine!) consecutive New York Times bestsellers with more than 7 million copies in print. Mann’s Go-Giver book has sold nearly a million copies in 26 languages and was awarded the Living Now Book Award Evergreen Medal in 2017.
Basically, Bach’s and Mann’s resumes go deep and you can definitely put some respect on their names, and this book.
In honor of all things cozy, instead of five stars, I’ll be rating books I read in yarn skeins. So yes boo, head to Amazon, or even better, visit their Chicago bookstore if you're in the city). TLF is a quick day read that will provide you a lifetime’s worth of self-values and riches.
I’m heading back to this latte, thinking more on compound interest and savings, and to work on my latest knitting pattern.
Northknits Review of The Latte Factor: 1,2,3, 4, 5 yarn skeins from me!
happy reading, xo