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Seniors, Add Binge Reading in Your Plan to Chase Away Winter Blues
Anyone can become a little blue during the winter months. If those same months cause you to stay in the house for long periods of time, you might want to consider “binge reading.” Binge reading means that you read one author’s work over a certain period of time.
Many authors write long lists of books that can each stand on their own, but can also be read in sequence to give you a better idea of the characters and their fictional lives. Or, the characters may be different in each book, but the location is the same. Another author might always write about one organization like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The idea is to find one author whose work you enjoy and then read all the titles in that author’s list. Westminster Village residents can choose an author from the community library, public library or online book store to binge read. There are authors in every genre who have written multiple books, fictional or non-fictional. It’s up to your own tastes as to which you choose.
Many authors with many books are available for active adults
Depending on how much time you have to binge read, you might select classical authors like Agatha Christie who wrote 69 books and 19 plays or romance author Dame Barbara Cartland wrote 722 historical romances during her lifetime. Edward Stratemeyer wrote 190 volumes of the Hardy Boys and 175 volumes of the Nancy Drew. Science fiction author Issac Asimov was published 506 times. Examples of other current authors who can list many books include:
- Harlen Coben – 31 books including a series about sports agent Myron Bolitar
- Sue Grafton – 25 ABC Books
- Catherine Coulter – 29 FBI Thrillers and 50 historical romances
- Louise Penny – 16 Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries
- David Baldacci – 40 thrillers and suspense books
- Nora Roberts – over 195 romance and fiction books
- Janet Evanovich – 61 mystery and romance titles
- Johanna Lindsey – 49 romance books
- Mary Higgins Clark – more than 50 mystery and fiction titles
- Phillipa Gregory – 29 British historical novels
- Iris Johnsen – 106 books, both romance and crime fiction
- Lisa Scottoline – 31 books about lawyers and crime fiction, mystery
- MC Beaton – 65 mystery books featuring Agatha Raisin and Hamish MacBeth
- Janet Oke – 63 inspirational stories set in the western prairie
- Stephen King –50 horror titles
- Ken Follett – 32 thrillers and historical novels
- Debbie Macomber – 175 titles of feel good fiction
- Dean R. Koontz – more than 120 books
- Dan Brown – 7 books about religious mysteries
- Alan Bradley – 9 books in which 12-year old Flavia De Luce solves mysteries
Seniors should balance binge reading with their lifestyle
Binge reading in retirement can also mean that you pick up a book and do nothing else until you have read it to the end. Binge reading can be enjoyable, but beware of falling into a trap. Even a good book could pull you into the abyss of getting little else done for several hours or even days. Everyone needs to have food, sunlight, conversations with others, and the knowledge that you’ve completed your responsibilities.
Binge reading an author’s list of books can be scheduled over time. Read a book a week or a month. Start with their first book and read through the list chronologically or just read through one series of characters or place. It’s up to you!
However much you are enjoy your books, break up your reading with other activities. At Westminster Village, especially in winter, we don’t want anyone to forget about all the activities offered or the opportunity to socialize with others and enjoy great dinning opportunities at the Village Café or Village Pub. These are also good ways to ward off those winter blues. Whatever books and activities are chosen, active seniors will enjoy a cozy winter with a good balance of reading and socializing with friends.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team