Book #2 Mind over Money

I'm not sure where to start with this one. The second book struck off my reading list was one I had high hopes for. "Mind over Money" promises to explain the psychology of money and how better to use it. It's author – Claudia Hammond – presenter of BBC Radio 4's All in the Mind, seems well placed to cover the topic from a broader perspective AND in a format that is easy to digest.

Unfortunately, the book fails to deliver. It's a popularised reading of recent studies with very little by the way of synthesis, interpretation, or some formulation of the research finding's implications for real life. Although she tries to take a structured approach, the book feels disjointed and is often interrupted by the author's promise to touch upon particular topics in more depth elsewhere. Many of the studies quoted were small at best and the findings questionable in terms of their added value to an overall theory of the psychology of money.

The book would have been a total waste of 2 weeks reading time, if it weren't for the saving grace of a short section on the importance of education or "socializing" kids about money from an early age. Even so, other have touched upon this topic more extensively so a small bit of saving grace at best. Next on the list: George Orwell's Animal Farm!