Top 5 books to read when you retire to a senior living facility

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As you get ready to retire, you are probably nervous about how your life will change. The reality is, it will change, but it will probably be for the better. The benefits of moving into a senior living facility include a huge increase in free time. No longer will you have to cook, clean, work, maintain a home, shovel snow, rake leaves, service your car, etc. Instead, you will have free time to watch movies, do puzzles, knit, play games, do art, find new hobbies, meet friends and read. Many seniors are particularly happy that they can use their retirement to read books that have always been on their to-do lists, but someone get shoved to the bottom as other pressing tasks come up. Now, you will have extensive free time in which you can enjoy reading for pleasure again. Here a few great books to read during your retirement.

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo- The Alchemist has often been described as a fable for adults and that is absolutely what it is. It is a lovely story with the theme of following your dreams, finding your personal purpose in life and listening to your heart. A tale that captivates old and young alike, The Alchemist is a feel-good read that will stay on your mind long after you finish the last page.
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- You may have heard of this book. It was all the rage for a while because of its mystery and shocking conclusion. If you are the type to enjoy a good mystery in the style of Mary Higgins Clark or Agatha Christie, The Girl on the Train is a good one to read because it keeps you guessing until the end. It has also since been made into a movie, which you will have time to watch during your retirement at a senior assisted living center as well.
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- This is a classic novel that is on many people’s ‘To Read’ list but few people have actually read it. If you like novels about history and family, this is a great choice. It follows a family through many generations and their central role to founding a metaphorical version of Colombia.
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- The Night Circus is, at its heart, a romance novel, but it is filled with magic, history and wonder. If you appreciate a fairy tale type genre that leans more magical realism, this book is for you. Its beautiful prose will capture you from the first page and by the end you will be wondering if maybe magic is real.
  5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne- If you are one who likes self-help type books, The Secret is a popular, easy but fulfilling read that will help you manifest wonderful things into your life. Focused heavily on the law of attraction, The Secret is a reminder that when you think good thoughts, good things will come to you.

As you retire to a place like MorningStar Senior Living, you will be happy to know that much of your time can be filled by reading wonderful books.