For much of my life, I dismissed personal-finance books. If I needed specific financial advice, there was Google, and I definitely didn’t want to get caught reading a self-improvement book on the subway (don’t even get me started on the cheesy covers). But the following books have made rethink my snobbery. First of all, they’re more thorough and trustworthy than most of the SEO-based advice you can find online. Second, they’re not boring; these books approach personal finance as a long-term project — with voice and humor and clarity. As far as I’m concerned they’re required reading for anyone looking to better understand how to be more financially responsible. And while they won’t transform you into a money expert, they will help you get started — which is far more important.