Stellar Picks for Your Next Book Club Gathering

There are plenty of reasons to get-together with your gal pals this summer, but I’m always open to another excuse for laughter and fun. Whether you’re already a member of a regular book club or you have an unofficial group of girlfriends with whom you share reading recommendations, chances are there are a number of women in your life with which you read and talk about books.

Sometimes reading a good book is the best way to get good insights and perspectives on the emotional, personal, financial, and spiritual journey that women are embarking on past the age of 60. While doing a little summer-reads research of my own, I came across an article on the Sixty and Me website, a great lifestyle blog centered on building a dream life after sixty. Margaret Manning, the blog’s author, has compiled a list of authors who share fun and enriching words to inspire women.

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Here are a few of my favorite recommendations from Sixty and Me’s list of Ten Inspirational Books for Women Over 60:

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

The author sets out on a yearlong project to deliberately try to be happier, by having more fun, feeling more organized, and taking a methodical approach to being more content. This book shows you how it’s done.

Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free, by Gail Rentsch

This book discusses one of the most important career transitions a woman can make—the move from full-time work to something new and different, whether that means “retirement” in the traditional sense, or part-time work, or volunteer work, or self-employment and creative pursuits, or some combination of all of the above. This book offers good ideas and insights on how to make your new life work for you after your career of full-time work has ended.

Yoga for Age 60+, by Meena Vad

One of the most popular fitness activities for women over 60 is yoga. It not only exercises the body, but also focuses the mind and renews the spirit. This book offers tips and guidance for how to practice yoga safely in your own home. Grab a friend and learn the art of yoga together for added fun. For more info about getting started with yoga, check out our blog on finding the right style of yoga for you.

Fifty is the New Fifty, by Suzanne Levine

Fifty is the New Fifty, by Suzanne Levine offers concise, humorous lessons about realities of what life at this age is really all about, and encouragement to women to invent the life that they want for themselves – while confronting change, renegotiating their relationships, and discovering who they are now that they are finally grown up.

Suddenly Sixty, by Judith Viorst

Suddenly Sixty is a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life.

A report by UK researchers has shown that joining a book club may even help you live longer. That’s advice I would like to believe! Live longer by reading books and sharing your thoughts with others. I can buy into that!

Do you currently belong to a book club or have you been a part of one in the past? Did you enjoy your experience? What were some of your favorite books that you read while being a member? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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