In search of good retirement books to read? We have rounded up some of the best books for retirees or pre-retirees that cover a myriad of topics: books on retirement planning, books on retirement life and funny books on retirement.
Books on Retirement Planning
Here are some books on retirement planning that cover topics like finances to mapping out a retirement lifestyle in which you live life on your own terms.
The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read: Achieve Your Retirement Dreams–in Any Economy by Daniel R. Solin
As suggested, this may be the ‘smartest retirement book you’ll ever read”. In this retirement book, Solin helps you find simple strategies to maximize your retirement nest egg and ensure that your money lasts longer than you do, teaches you how to steer clear of scams and avoid common mistakes that can leave your spouse poverty stricken. Solin presents this information in an easily digestible format, making it a good place to start on your journey in the search of books on retirement.
How to Make Your Money Last – Completely Updated for Planning Today: The Indispensable Retirement Guide by Jane Bryant Quinn
In this retirement guide, Quinn guides you through the dilemma of making your retirement savings last for life and how to “squeeze a higher income from all your assets” including pensions, social security, mortgages and more. This version was completely updated in early 2020 to reflect the changes in tax legislation, health insurance and new investment realities.
Retirement Your Way: The No Stress Roadmap for Designing Your Next Chapter and Loving Your Future by Gail M. McDonald & Marilyn L. Bushey
This book for retirees is a 7-step roadmap to help you break the retirement mold and do retirement your own way. This retirement book explores lifestyle categories to stimulate your own ideas and shares over 50 inspiring personal stories. Reviewers of the book have called it “a choose your own adventure book for a new phase of your life” and “practical, actionable and fulfilling”.
How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor by Ernie J. Zelinski
This international bestseller takes a different approach on retirement planning than most retirement books. Zelinski dives into all aspect of life – leisure activities, physical and mental well-being, social support – and offers inspirational advice on how to enjoy your retired years to the fullest, and life in general.
Books on Retirement Life
Retirement is much more than just an age and a dollar amount. Of course, financial stability plays a major factor in securing the retirement lifestyle you desire, but there are many other factors that go into living your best retirement. These books on retirement life cover topics like well-being, mental state, relationships and more.
Keys to a Successful Retirement: Staying Happy, Active, and Productive in Your Retired Years by Fritz Gilbert
This retirement book covers topics like finances, embracing passions and how to navigate feelings of aimlessness or grief that may pop up from time to time during retirement. Gilbert takes a complete look at ‘your newfound freedom’ from essential basics to handling tough times and being your own boss. A must read to get your retirement years off to a great start.
Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples by John Robbins
This book by bestselling author John Robbins shows how you can increase not only your lifespan but also your “health span”. He takes a look at four very different cultures that have some of the healthiest and oldest people in the world – the Vilcabamba in the Andes of South America where laughter is the best medicine, for example – and reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life.
Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act by Robin Ryan
From starting a business to volunteering, this thought-provoking retirement guide offers readers a path for reinventing their life in retirement. Ryan explores meaningful ways to give back, leaving an old career behind and how to define new and satisfying opportunities.
Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another by Kim Brown Seely
This memoir is a journey of growth and an adventure story about the voyage from one life chapter to the next involving a big sailboat, sailing in a narrow and unknown sea and the search for a “mystical blonde bear” that only lives in a secluded forest. Reviewers say they “couldn’t put it (this book) down” and to “grab this book, find a cozy corner and lost yourself in this wondrous adventure”.
What Will I Do All Day? Wisdom to Get You Over Retirement and on With Living! By Patrice Jenkins
Books for retirement are not all the same. This book by Patrice Jenkins is full of thought-provoking wisdom and urges readers to dig deeper, to get “over retirement and on with living”. Jenkins addresses the question “what will I do all day”, but not in the sense of keeping busy, she digs deeper on an emotional level to help readers discover more meaningful and engaging activities to provide any overall direction of life.
Funny Books on Retirement
Looking for a lighter read? These funny books on retirement make a great retirement gift for someone whose retired or nearing retirement as well as a fun read for anyone.
101 Fun Things to Do in Retirement by Stella Reingold
The perfect retirement gift for anyone that loves a good laugh. Since first published, this book has been revised, expanded and updated. And if the title doesn’t sell you, the granny smoking a big cigar on the back cover of the book just might!
Living Together After Retirement: Or, There’s a Spouse in the House! by Graham Harrop
Another great retirement gift, or a read for anyone searching for a lighter look at retirement. This funny book on retirement has 35 cartoons by Graham Harrop that is sure to make anyone grin from ear-to-ear.
Tips & Tricks For Boomer Chicks: A Survival Book For Retirement Years by Gail Mewes
A sassy and cheeky retirement guide for women that offers advice on how to get and make the most out of your retirement. The advice in this book is also accented with cartoons, making it a light read anyone can enjoy.