Getting to grips with accounting and bookkeeping can feel like a bit of a challenge if this is not something that we have previously needed to deal with. Luckily, there are some great books available on the subject that can explain things in an easy to understand manner. Here are the top 6 best accounting/bookkeeping books reviewed.
Alpha Teach Yourself Bookkeeping in 24 Hours (Alpha Teach Yourself in 24 Hours) by Carol Costa (2008)
This crash course in bookkeeping might not be enough to turn you into an expert in twenty four hours, but it will likely offer enough to get you going. This book has received a lot of praise because of its user friendly approach and the fact that it does exactly what it claims to do. If you want to take over the bookkeeping responsibility for your company but you are a complete novice then this could be the book for you.
MBA Fundamentals Accounting and Finance (Kaplan MBA Fundamentals) by Michael P. Griffin (2009)
This book is often used for academic courses but it might also be something that will suit a lot of managers who just want to master the fundamentals of accounting and finance. The author manages to take what could be considered a bit of a dry subject and makes it manageable. This book also contains simple exercises that should make it easier to absorb the information that has been given.
Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting for the Successful Small Business by Linda Pinson (2007)
If you have no background in accounting but you would like to improve your knowledge for business reasons then you will likely benefit from this text. All the information is provided without too much jargon, and the focus is on explaining the basics. This book will be great as just a general introduction, and will offer a great basis for further study — if you feel you need it. This book is going to provide all the information that most business people will need on the subject of accounting and bookkeeping.
Bookkeeping for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide to Nonprofit Accounting by Murray Dropkin and James Halpin (2005)
This book is aimed specifically at those people who are interested in bookkeeping for non-profit organisations. The information is presented alongside real life examples to make it easier for people to grasp the content. By the end of this book even those with no previous knowledge of bookkeeping should feel a lot more confident about dealing with the accounts.
Managerial Accounting– 13th Edition- by Ray Garrison, Eric Noreen, and Peter Brewer (2009)
This is one of the most respected academic textbooks on managerial accounting, but it will be suitable for almost anyone interested in the topic. All the important topics are covered in great detail and this book will make a great reference resource. At almost 900 pages you should find that this accounting book will be an invaluable addition to your bookcase and you will return to it again and again.
Bookkeepers’ Bootcamp: Get a Grip on Accounting Basics (Numbers 101 for Small Business) – 2nd Edition- by Angie Mohr
This is another book that will not only suit those with a bit of prior knowledge but also the complete novice to bookkeeping. The emphasis with this book is keeping everything simple, and there are enough resources available with this book to ensure that all the ideas are firmly grasped. If you want to improve your ability to deal with bookkeeping then this text just might help you do that.