6 Books Every Accountancy Professional Should Read

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Looking for a page-turner that will expand your knowledge?

There are plenty of accountancy and finance experts across the world who have put pen to paper to share everything they know! 

However, whilst you’ll never be stuck for a good read, it does make it difficult to know which book to pick up first.

To help you choose, we’ve compiled 6 of our favourite accountancy and finance books for you to try:

Barron’s Accounting Handbook

Dr Jae K. Shim and Joel G. Siegel

If you’re searching for a comprehensive guide with an A-Z dictionary of all accounting terms, then look no further!

The fifth edition of ‘Barron’s Accounting Handbook’ is a guide of up to date information on all things accountancy.

With an overview of accounting principles from cover to cover, this book is a great learning tool no matter what stage of your career. 

Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision Making

Paul D. Kimmel, Jerry J. Weygandt and Jill E. Mitchell 

Stripping things back to basics, ‘Financial Accounting’ offers a practical introduction to decision making in accountancy. 

If you’re looking for a read you can dip in and out of, the informal writing style of this book allows you to pick it up as you please. It’s also the perfect learning tool for students! 

Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports

Howard Schilit and Jeremy Perler 

Fancy yourself as a detective?

Howard Schilit, author of ‘Financial Shenanigans’, is a well-known figure in forensic accounting and along with his co-author, Jeremy Perler, they’ll arm you with the skills needed to spot a fraudster a mile off.

With anecdotes throughout detailing unlawful goings-on within accountancy, this book will have you gripped from beginning to end. 

How To Talk Finance: Getting to grips with the numbers in business 

Ted Wainman

Not sure how to understand the numbers behind your business?

How To Talk Finance’ will teach you what they really mean and how you can use the numbers to prosper in the future. 

This book is a good start if you’re looking for a read that won’t overwhelm you or confuse you further.

Accounting Made Simple

Mike Piper

Whether you’re new to the world of accountancy or you’re looking to refresh your knowledge, ‘Accounting Made Simple’ has something for everyone.

As a certified public accountant himself, Mike Piper has great credibility within the accountancy industry. 

If you’re looking for lessons on how to calculate financial ratios or prepare financial statements, this is the book for you! 

The Wealthy Accountant

Rob Nixon

Rob Nixon, an experienced accounting firm advisor, has written ‘The Wealthy Accountant’ to help firms increase their profitability and growth. 

Whether you’re looking for help to leverage technology, or you want to work on building team culture, this book will guide you along the way. 

Written specifically for accounting firms, the book details a multi-disciplinary approach to help readers forget the ‘more money = more work’ stereotype.

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