4. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Genre: Novel, Allegory, Nautical fiction
It is the wonderfully told story of a Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream. He kills and loses a giant marlin – specifically mentioned in the citation accompanying the author’s 1954 Nobel Prize nomination.
Reading- Tam- Ashley has said:
” I enjoyed reading about this character who’s symbolic of resilience, loneliness, adventurous spirit, and the writing is thoroughly engaging till the end.”
5. Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell
Genre: Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
- A New York Times Notable Book (2020)
- Best Book of 2020: Guardian, Financial Times, Literary Hub, and NPR
- On the list of top ten must-read novels for seniors.
HAMNET drama is a poignant portrait of a marriage, with the loss of a beloved child at its center. It reflects Maggie O’Farrell’s fascination with Shakespeare’s most enthralling play.
The 1580s in Warwickshire. As a result of her unique gifts, Angel is feared and sought after. Judith resides in Henley Street, Stratford, with her husband and three children. Hamnet, the 11-year-old son, died in 1596. About four years later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet.
Elyse Walters has said:
“Hamnet was wonderful. My favourite Maggie O’Farrell novel so far! It grabbed me from the start….and I wasn’t expecting it to.”
6. Dear Edward, Ann Napolitano
Genre: coming-of-age story, Bildungsroman
In the summer of 1937, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved brother, his parents, and 183 others boarded a flight from Newark to Los Angeles. There’s a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, and a tycoon trying to get away from his controlling wife. The plane crashed tragically. There is only one survivor, Edward.
Christine has said:
“What a wonderful book this is! I just came off a DNF read, so this novel was especially welcome. Ann Napolitano is a new author for me, but she is definitely on my radar now.”
7. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, Catharina Ingelman
Genre: Novel, Fiction, Humour
79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. It’s not in her plans to live in an armchair, and she plans to snatch money from an investment bank to buy a new house. With the help of her four oldest friends, Martha and the League of Pensioners decide to rebel against everyone and everything. In protest against early bedtimes and plastic meals, they cause an uproar together.
Margaret McCulloch-Keeble has said:
” If anyone’s looking for a little, light-hearted, good-natured, warm fuzzy book that has the power to make you titter out loud, then I heartily recommend this yarn. I loved every syllable. 5 stars doesn’t come near to its true worth, in my opinion.”
8. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Genre: Fiction, Romance novel
The adventure begins in Edgecombe St. Mary, a charming English village filled with hills and thatched cottages and a set of characters that are as comedic and as familiar as family members. Throughout Helen Simonson’s debut novel, Ernest Pettigrew (retired) proves to be an unexpected hero. This charming, witty, courtly, and always witty Major Pettigrew will ultimately win you over from the very beginning.
Kate Quinn has said:
“There has not been so perfectly English a read in its deadpan humour in a very long time.”
9. The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Crime novel
The Thursday Murder Club comprises four unlikely friends who meet weekly in a quiet retirement village to talk about unsolved crimes. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron are well into their eighties, but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.
Michael David has said:
“This fun book gave off tons of joy as I made myself an honorary member of The Thursday Murder Club while reading it.”
10. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
Genre: Science Fiction, Biography, Dystopian Fiction
Nineteen Eighty-Four is dystopian social science fiction, therefore warning readers of the dangers of totalitarianism.
The book’s focus is to convey the extreme level of control and dominance possible under a truly totalitarian regime.
Matthew has said:
“This book is amazing, terrifying, brutal and prophetic”
If you wonder how to spend time in your retirement, reading is considered one of the most beneficial habits a person could have due to its numerous blessings. As people age, they tend to read less and watch TV instead, typically top series for the elderly. However, the health benefits of reading may make you reconsider swapping the remote for a good book instead.