It should come as no surprise that writers have given some serious thought to the matter of reading books. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” according to George R.R. Martin. “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” says Stephen King. “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend,” suggests Paul Sweeney. Fortunately, if you’ve just finished your current book, there are plenty of interesting uplifting books for seniors that you can add to your to-be-read list.
Uplifting Books for Seniors
Seniors who read enjoy more than a good story. A regular reading habit can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and keep your cognitive abilities going strong. Joining a reading group can bring the opportunity for social interaction, which has additional advantages. Thankfully, large print books, magnifiers, reading lights, audiobooks, and e-readers with backlights and adjustable font sizes make reading more comfortable for aging eyes or those trouble with visual difficulties. Various book holders and other tools can also aid those who struggle with physical dexterity. So, what stories are worth consideration for a spot on your to-be-read list? Consider the following uplifting books for seniors.
“The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel”
Internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel” features spirited senior citizens masterminding a brilliant crime spree that baffles the police and attracts the attention of the mafia in order to escape the boredom and degradation caused by the corner-cutting new management at their retirement community.
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics”
Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” made it to the top spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List with a tale of an underdog American rowing team. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, these nine young men faced off against elite crews from around the world in a quest for Olympic gold. The nonfiction work draws from the diaries, journals, photos, and memories of the rowers themselves, offering a unique perspective on a once-in-a-lifetime moment in history that brought the country together to cheer the men on in their efforts.
“The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America”
Are you a fan of history and true crime? “The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America” might be your next read. In this New York Times bestseller, Erik Larson takes readers to Gilded Age Chicago. There, he weaves a tale that contrasts the work of two men. He guides readers through the efforts of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the 1893 World’s Fair. He also discusses the preparations that notorious serial killer H.H. Holmes was making as he constructed his infamous murder castle. The result is an interesting look at the brightest highlights (and the darkest shadows) of 19th century Chicago.
“Black Butterfly: A Lucifer Box Novel”
You may remember Mark Gatiss from “Sherlock.” He cocreated, cowrote, and played Mycroft Holmes in the hit BBC show. He’s also an author, and his novels include a trilogy of fun spy spoofs featuring superspy Lucifer Box. While many will compare Box to Bond, Gatiss allows his hero to do something Bond never did: age. In the first book, set in the 1890s, Box is a young man. In the second, set in the 1920s, he’s reached middle age. “Black Butterfly: A Lucifer Box Novel” takes place in the 1950s, and Box is off on one last crazy adventure before retirement. With members of the English establishment dying in bizarre accidents, Box must confront his past, battle an enigmatic assassin, and figure out how to deal with his son. Expect plenty of excitement and laughs along the way.
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine: 101 Feel Good Stories”
When it comes to uplifting books, the Chicken Soup series is hard to beat. Amy Newmark’s “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Laughter Is the Best Medicine: 101 Feel Good Stories” provides another dose of joy. Full of great stories, this anthology delivers numerous brief tales that are sure to delight. It’s ideal for when you want a little light reading.
When you love reading, the prospect of starting a new book is often enough to lift your spirits. Which book would you like to read next?
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