6 Inspirational Books Every Retiree Should Read

Retirement is something you’ve worked hard and saved for — in many cases, for decades. You’ve spent a long time envisioning how you’d spend your time — whether that’s volunteering, hanging out with grandkids, traveling or mastering a new or beloved hobby. Or, perhaps you want to enjoy each day as it comes. Plan or no plan, you may find yourself needing a little inspiration and reflection along the way. If you’re looking for a good read, check out the following titles:

 “Purposeful Retirement: How to Bring Happiness and Meaning to Your Retirement” by Hyrum W. Smith

Retirement can be a big transition for many. After all, if you’ve spent most of your life in a 9 to 5 job, your newly simple and more flexible schedule could be a big change. So, how do you make the most of it? In “Purposeful Retirement: How to Bring Happiness and Meaning to Your Retirement,” Smith shares his wisdom on how to discover true passions, reimagine what you want your life to be and how to welcome new possibilities. 

 “How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide” by Jane Bryant Quinn

When you decide to stop working, you want to know you’ll have enough money to continue your standard of living. It takes a lot of hard work and planning to be financially prepared for retirement.  According to a study by GoBankingRates, approximately 42 percent of Americans have under $10,000 saved for retirement. In her book, Quinn shares some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your retirement assets through some strategy and planning. These tips are useful for people getting close to retiring, beginning retirement or already retired.

 “The Retiring Mind: How to Make the Psychological Transition to Retirement” by Robert P. Delamontagne

When you think about retirement words like “coping” and “emotional challenge” probably aren’t the first to come to mind. But, moving from a structured schedule to one without work, commute times and meetings can be a huge shift. As a leading expert on the psychological dynamics of retirement, Delamontagne uses his own personal experiences to help guide his readers on their own journey in retirement.

“Adventures in Retirement” by Lawrence G. Doyle

But what do you do with all the free time? If this is a question you’ve asked yourself when preparing for retirement, this humorous account of how over the course of a year the author prepared for retirement by reconnecting with the hobbies and interests of his youth may interest you. 

“The Joy of Retirement: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted” by David C. Borchard with Patricia A. Donohoe

Seize the opportunity to reinvent yourself in retirement. In “The Joy of Retirement: Finding Happiness, Freedom, and the Life You’ve Always Wanted,” Borchard shows readers how they can use retirement as an opportunity to reinvent themselves and find the meaning in life they’ve always wanted by discovering their passions again.

“Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World” by Lynne Martin

If leaving roots behind and living a life of travel interests you, then this book will both entertain and provide you with some valuable first-hand experience. Martin and her husband, Tim, traded in their house and other possessions to travel the world. Taking the minimal possessions, the Martins tell their tale of living life abroad without ties.