Now that your parents are retired, they have more opportunities for fun activities with the extra time they have on their hands.
Among these senior-friendly activities, reading books is a relaxing and creative way for your parents to sit back and enjoy some peaceful time while remaining mentally active. Books are the ultimate source of inspiration, knowledge, and entertainment.
Look for book titles that match your parent’s reading preferences. Since reading books is a universal activity for all ages, generations, and personalities – different books will appeal to different people. We hope at least one of these six inspiring books touches your parents’ hearts with every page turned!
Keep Your Parents Inspired With These 7 Books They Will Enjoy With Every Page Turned
6 Books Our Parents Will Enjoy
Penned by Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale is a historical fiction novel that depicts a story about two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, who live in war-torn France under the threat of Nazis invasion and their struggles during the terrors of war. Along with the well-illustrated details of WWII, the author manages to capture the long-forgotten aspect of war: women and their survival in the midst of the war. Two sisters, who grew up with opposite personalities and beliefs, once again grow apart as Vianne does everything she can do to protect her daughter when a German captain requisitions her home, whereas Isabelle decides to join the Resistance following her boyfriend’s betrayal. The Nightingale is heartbreaking, yet it celebrates women’s resilience, grace, and bravery and how they strive to rise above all the hardships and obstacles blocking their escapes to freedom.
“I felt like I was with these characters through all of their terrible experiences and I just wanted to shelter them from it all. The women in particular, the sisters, were absolutely inspirational. They showed incredible strength in this terrible time and I loved seeing how women contributed to the war. This was just a story that really resonated with me. It has a special place in my heart for it was truly beautiful.” – Hailey (Good Reads)
From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Evolutionary Approach to Getting Older
The book, masterfully written by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller, sets the record straight for the stigma associated with old age and aging. From Age-ing to Sage-ing is a friendly, bold reminder for all seniors who are fearful of aging that their aging journey is full of exciting moments awaiting ahead, as long as they are willing to step outside their comfort zone. It teaches seniors to embrace and honor aging and shows them that aging can bring a lot of good deeds along the way, like wisdom.
“This is an effort to reclaim the last season of life from a cultural view that values youth and vigor, mature adulthood and accomplishment, but discounts the elder years as nothing more than decline and death.” — Joe Henry (Good Reads).
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number: Black Women Explore Midlife
Written by multiple African-American female authors, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number leads readers into the minds of middle-aged black women and their points of view on aging through a collection of essays.
Your parents may find themselves related to some pieces of writing since it widely covers many interesting topics from black women’s perspectives, such as personal growth, love and sexuality, health, beauty, spirituality, financial dependence, and family and friendship. This book is worth reading for seniors, especially those who are too concerned about getting older, so they can sit back, relax, and contemplate life as they read the stories. But in the end, age is just a number, according to the book’s mantra.
“One of the best short story collections ever! Selections by all my favorites: Maya Angelou, California Cooper, Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, and the inimitable Carleen Brice.” — Karen Ashmore (Good Reads).
Ageproof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking A Hip
In contrast to other senior books, Ageproof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking A Hip takes on unexpected twists and turns by bringing up a more serious, crucial aspect of growing older that many seniors are unaware of: the connection between health and wealth.
More specifically, the principle of the book is that wealth and health both play interchangeable roles with one another. There is no wealth without health, and vice versa. Respectively, the joint authors provide readers with all the strategies and tactics to pursue a longer, healthier life with a more secure financial stage.
“There’s lots of good advice in this book. Some or much of the financial and health recommendations you’re probably already doing or want to do. After reading through this book, I think it may become a reference guide for me over the next several years. On the other hand, much of the advice would probably be better accessed through a website, an online course, and some personal coaching.” — Bakari Chavanu (Good Reads).
Chicken Soup for The Soul: Laughter is The Best Medicine: 101 Feel Good Stories
When it comes to delightful stories, nothing beats the Chicken Soup for the Soul series! The long-running series has won the hearts of many book lovers with its brief stories of ordinary people experiencing extraordinary things, delivering an endless dose of joy and inspiration since its release in 1993. Aside from stating the fact that laughter is the best medicine, this uplifting book is ideal for a fun reading experience for all generations, from your parents and your children to friends and other older family members.
“These little short stories are great for some light reading during this challenging pandemic time. This book definitely lifted my spirit and brought many smiles.” — Lynn Parke-Rick (Good Reads).
The Second Mountain: The Quest for A Moral Life
In the book, the No.1 International Bestseller, David Brooks expertly implements interesting metaphors to portray the journey of discovering life’s purpose and living well. Brooks spent five years researching people who had lived joyous lives and collecting their year-long wisdom to put it all together in his latest work: The Second Mountain: The Quest for A Moral Life.
Above all, Brooks’ book is meant to help everyone lead more meaningful lives with an underlying message that we should all be true to ourselves and engage in deeper connections and commitments with others.
“THE SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks is a complex book that is part philosophy, part personal disclosure, and part research. It serves as an excellent source to challenge the reader’s thinking about a variety of subjects, including religion, marriage, social responsibility, and personal growth. It is a book that requires a great deal of thought to absorb what is being said and time for introspection to ascertain personal reactions. For this reason, I found it easiest to read a section and then put it aside for a few hours or a day to think about what I had read.” — Gail C (Good Reads).
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