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Top 5 Books for Seniors to Read [2019 Edition]


Fall is a beautiful season that’s perfect for reflection and cozying up inside. And what better way to accomplish both of those things than by reading a great book?

We’ve chosen five books released in 2019 - covering topics from baseball to Dr. Seuss - that you’re sure to love. 

Happy Money - Ken Honda

Honda, a best-selling personal development author in Japan, explores the concept of money that’s “happy”. Happy money, he says, is money that’s been gained as a gift or through a job you truly enjoy.

Although many of our attitudes about money have been shaped by our families, Honda says we can change our perspectives. When we form positive attitudes toward our money and learn to be generous with it, we can experience less stress and more peace. 

Learn more about Honda and order the book here.

Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram - Isha Sesay

Read about the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The book follows three of the girls - Priscilla, Saa, and Dorcas - throughout their journey.

Although the story follows a dark subject, it provides a message of hope, uncovers the way the news media functions today, and prompts readers to question what can be done to improve conditions for women and girls throughout the world.

Learn more about the book and order it from the publisher here.

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Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination - Brian Jay Jones

Explore the life of the man behind some of the most popular children’s books of all time. Geisel was at once a light-hearted and creative writer and illustrator and a man with strong political convictions.

It’s easy to spot the environmental message in The Lorax. But that’s not the only example. The subtle - and sometimes not-so-subtle - undertones of Geisel’s books are what make them fascinating for both young and old alike.

Learn more and order this book from the publisher here.

108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time in the Game - Ron Darling

Enjoy pure baseball nostalgia in this book. Darling includes stories detailing players ranging from the first person in his family to play baseball to Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.

The sports world is full of colorful characters, and baseball is no exception. From the players themselves to the coaches and fans, Darling weaves a tale of America’s favorite pastime that will surely make you look forward to 2020’s opening day.

Learn more and order this book from the publisher here.

The Dearly Beloved: A Novel - Cara Wall

This list wouldn’t be complete without one great work of fiction to enjoy. Wall’s first novel details the journey of two couples throughout the decades as they take on life’s biggest topics: faith, marriage, relationships, heartbreak. 

The novel is centered around the characters’ lives in Greenwich Village, New York, against a changing backdrop as years pass by. Follow their stories and see if you, too, don’t stop to think about some of life’s big questions as you read.

Learn more and order this book from the publisher here.

Your Turn: What Are You Reading?

Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? And do you have any other recommendations?

Reading is a great way to enhance your intellectual wellness - both from the knowledge you gain directly and the thoughts a book can spur. 

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