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Seniors, Pick Up That Classic for a Renewed Reading Experience
Reading a good book can make a dreary day seem less dreary. A good book can teach you something about a new subject or even an old subject. The words in a good book can inspire, motivate, and entertain. They can make you cry, laugh and think about all kinds of things.
Some of you might have a bad taste in your mouth when it comes to reading because you can still remember being made to read in school. And it was those classics that were the worst. But if you were to re-read one now or even pick up one that you’d never read, you’d probably have a whole different perspective on the story. Your life experiences and your wisdom will give you insights that you didn’t have when you were younger. As an active adult, you’ll be reading because you want to and not because someone assigned them to you.
Active older adults can choose lots of classic books to read
The list of classics is a long one. Some were written in another decade and some may be contemporary. While there is no deﬁnitive reason for a book to become a classic, most experts agree that a book is given the title if it stands the test of time and challenges its readers. It’s a classic if it has made an impact on the culture and time in which it was written and makes its way on the right lists.
The classics offer a reader something from every genre, and almost every decade. Your life experiences have certainly changed since your school days and your reading interests have probably changed too. Pick up one of the classics on any list and take a first look or a second look at it. Your local librarian will be able to suggest even more classics, but here are some to consider.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, (C.S. Lewis)
- Of Mice and Men, (John Steinbeck)
- The Grapes of Wrath, (John Steinbeck)
- Jane Eyre, (Charlotte Bronte)
- Moby Dick, (Herman Melville)
- Romeo and Juliet, (Williams Shakespeare)
- Tales from the Arabian Nights
- The Count of Monte Cristo, (Alexandre Dumas)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles, (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
- Pride and Prejudice, (Jane Austin)
- War and Peace, (Leo Tolstoy)
- Wuthering Heights, (Emily Bronte)
- Fahrenheit 451, (Ray Bradbury)
You might want to choose to read one of those “classic” stories from the Westminster Village Library or the West Lafayette library. Sometimes it is interesting to dive into a book just to see what is so great about that particular piece. So don’t limit yourself to those you have already had exposure to, but those that you’ve never opened. Make a choice or two and add them to your next to-do list.
Good Fiction is worth the time commitment for seniors
Once you have made your choice of books, pick a time of the day or week that you could devote to it. You don’t have to give up everything to read, but you might want to consider giving up television for a night or read a chapter a day for as many days as it takes. Read with your cup of coffee in the morning. Break up the day by spending an hour right after lunch reading. Or better yet, if you have the inclination, choose a weekend once in a while and take the whole weekend to just read. Tell your family you won’t be available unless it’s an emergency and binge read a book for the entire weekend. Only do those things that are absolutely necessary. After all, you are the master of your time now!
Reading is a good way to spend your retirement time, learn new things and renew a connection to things past. Happy Reading!
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team