Reading is a great hobby. It’s a form of entertainment for many, but also a source of knowledge and learning for others. There are many benefits to reading including improving vocabulary, it works the mind, improves memory and can also do things like lower stress levels and create an escape for certain individuals.
Lots of elderly readers, and young ones for that matter, say that a good book takes them away from reality and can get their creative minds thinking too, much like a film. Non-fictional and educational books are a great way of extending your knowledge and skills within certain fields too.
We think everyone, particularly those who are elderly, should take up reading as an hobby for all these reasons and we’re here today to give you some of our top recommendations to read…. If you haven’t read them already.
Da Vinci Code
Controversial and interesting, The Da Vinci Code has become one of the world’s best sellers. The story looks at the idea that the Merovingian Kings of France were descended from the bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
The book investigated the Holy Grail to try and uncover the truth behind this historic and religious item. This is a truly remarkable read and will stretch your imaginations and theories to the limit. The Da Vinci Code has received plenty of criticism but it one that you need to read in your lifetime – especially if you are in to your conspiracy theories.
There is even a movie adaptation for you to watch after you have finished reading.
Lord of the Rings
Everybody now knows this franchise as a movie trilogy, but the Lord of the Rings began as a book series. The original set, released in 1954, consisted of:
- The Fellowship of the Ring.
- The Two Towers.
- The Return of the King.
As you may or may not know by now, The Lord of the Rings is based around a special ring created by the Dark Lord Sauron to rule the other rings of power in the Middle-Earth. The series follows a whole host of characters as they battle to find the ring which had gone missing from the hands of Gollum.
Battle will commence as everybody comes together to try and gain control of Middle-Earth. Who can you trust? That’s a hard question to answer in this world.
After reading this trilogy you will be more than ready to read its prequel, The hobbit, to find out more about the history of the magical ring.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Written by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most read books around the world. The novel was released in 1960 and focuses on some series issues of rape and racism in 1930’s America. Though quite gritty in some aspects, it’s a great choice for elderly readers.
The story focuses on the trial of Tom Johnson, a black man who is accused of raping a young white woman in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. The story also focuses on two children and their father, who has been appointed to defend Mr Johnson in the trial.
The children are bullied due to their father defending Mr Johnson, who despite evidence showing he was innocent is sent to prison. The story goes dark after this moment but we will not spoil it for you as we are sure that you will love reading this book.
To Kill a Mockingbird has such a strong heart-felt message throughout as it brings different characters together through the acts of certain people. It is must read for everybody, not just the elderly readers out there!
Agatha Christie Novels
Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time – with around two billion sales worldwide. She produced several crime novels – 66 to be precise – and 14 short story collections.
Some of the most notable stories written by this amazing writer include:
- Murder on the Orient Express.
- Cat Among the Pigeons.
- Black Coffee.
- The Mysterious Mr Quin.
Through her books, Christie also created many famous characters, such as Mrs Marple, Hercule Poirot, Mr Harley Quinn and Ariadne Oliver. Many of Christie’s creations have been turned into TV series and are hugely popular with the elderly. After reading one of her books you will want to order more and more as you fall in love with her writing style.
All of your favourite celebrities and sports stars have likely released autobiographies over the years, with many actually turning out to be an interesting read. In the run up to the Christmas period you’re guaranteed to see a handful of new autobiographies released.
For football fans we would suggest that you take a look at the books released by Steven Gerrard, Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho. For fans of motor sport there are autobiographies from the likes of Guy Martin, Mark Webber, Nigel Mansell and Top Gear.
There’s also autobiographies from TV personalities such as Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver, Diana, The Duchess and all your favourite TV hosts and celebrities. It’s worth checking out the biographies and autobiographies section in Waterstones to see what’s popular and trending.
Most supermarkets now have book sections too, so it’s even easier for elderly readers to get their hands on the latest releases.
Best Sellers of 2018
We understand that elderly readers want to read the best books available. Here’re some of the best sellers of 2018 so far:
- The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson – “The President Is Missing confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardises not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyber terror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view…”
- All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin – All We Ever Wanted follows the story of three very different people. Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarised, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.
At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together-all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – One of the most highly-anticipated releases of the year, and a book that already has a movie adaptation on the way via Fox. “It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening…” The story follows Anna, a recluse in her New York home, unable to go outside. She spends her days drinking wine, watching old movies and reminiscing about happier times – oh, and spying on her neighbours. When a new family move in across the way, she gazes out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, and her world begins to crumble — and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
- The Outsider by Stephen King – One for the horror fans as Stephen King returns with a new book. In this, one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories, an 11-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Evidence points towards one of the town’s most popular residents, he is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. An investigation begins and it looks certain, however As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense.
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