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Seven of the Best Springtime Reads

With a fresh outlook after winter and World Book Day throwing the spotlight on literature and the benefits of reading for all ages, Spring is the perfect time to get lost in a good book. There’s no better feeling that setting yourself up in a cosy corner of your retirement living apartment, a sunny spot in the communal lounge, or even a bench in the shared gardens as warmer weather approaches. Handing yourself over to the wonders, troubles, triumphs, and trials of an expertly written novel. And in retirement, the good news is that you should have more time on your hands to indulge in a guilt-free literary extravaganza. Which is why we’ve collated our seven of the best springtime reads to start your literary journey.

And if you’re inspired to write your own novel, we’ve included some great advice to begin your author adventures.

Seven of the Best Springtime Reads

BEST SPRINGTIME BOOKS

In the Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden – Released March 2024

In World War One, a Canadian nurse searches for her brother, who is believed to be dead. Yet something isn’t quite as it seems.

Described as a novel of “breath-taking scope and drama, of compulsive readability, of stunning historical research lightly worn, and of brilliantly drawn characters who will make you laugh and break your heart in a single line.” The Warm Hands of Ghosts is fascinating exploration of the trauma of war and enduring love.

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

In our second novel from our seven of the best springtime reads collection, your transport yourself to 1922 Russia to follow the captivating tale of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in a luxurious hotel. This beautifully written novel explores themes of resilience, friendship, and the power of the human spirit. It was first released in 2016, selling one million copies worldwide, and in springtime, a limited series starring Ewan McGregor and based on the novel will air, bringing it back into the shared consciousness.

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Table for Two by Amor Towles – Released April 2024

If you love the above book, then you could also opt for Table for Two, the latest, highly anticipated next novel by Amor Towles – due to be released in April 2024.

Previews of what is to come say:

“Millions of Amor Towles fans are in for a treat as he shares some of his shorter fiction: six stories based in New York City and a novella set in Golden Age Hollywood.

The New York stories, most of which take place around the year 2000, consider the fateful consequences that can spring from brief encounters and the delicate mechanics of compromise that operate at the heart of modern marriages.”

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Escape to the marshes of North Carolina with the novel’s unlikely heroine Kya Clark, a misunderstood young woman who is known locally as the “Marsh Girl”. Where the Crawdads Sing is a mesmerising coming-of-age mystery. Delving into themes of loneliness, resilience, and the beauty of nature, this beautifully scripted novel offers a compelling and atmospheric story of love, friendship and family in a small town. It captivates readers and critics alike.

The Times says of this book ‘For sheer escapism pick up Where The Crawdads Sing . . . there is writing that takes your breath away.’

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A thought-provoking and heartwarming fiction novel about a woman who discovers a magical library where she can explore infinite parallel lives while seeking happiness and the meaning of life. Follow Nora, as from the brink of despair and hopelessness, she is given the chance to see how the endless possibilities and outcomes tied to the choices she makes in life play out. Will she find contentment and a life she loves so much that she will want to stay in it?

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Until August by Gabriel García Márquez – released March 2024

Hailed as one of 2024’s most highly anticipated books by Time magazine, Until August is set to be one of this year’s biggest releases from Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a sensual story of Ana Magdalena Bach, who despite being happily married, every August for one night only, travels to an island where her mother is buried in search of a new lover.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Lastly from our seven of the best springtime reads library, you can immerse yourself in the intricately woven story of siblings Danny and Maeve as they navigate the complexities of family, loss, and resilience. Set against the backdrop of a lavish estate known as the Dutch House, this novel explores themes of memory, forgiveness, and the enduring bonds of love.

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Seven of the Best Springtime Reads

BECOMING AN AUTHOR IN RETIREMENT

If our seven of the best springtime reads have reignited your dreams of becoming an author, then remember it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.  And one of the big benefits of owning an apartment in our retirement living developments, is that we take care of all the big maintenance jobs for you, so you have more time to explore new activities.

Becoming an author in retirement can be a rewarding and fulfilling pursuit, allowing you to share your insights and creativity with others. At this stage in life, you are blessed with the gift of perspective and experience – so why not share it? Here are some tips to help you embark on your journey to becoming an author during retirement. Afterall it is really just about putting pen to paper and giving it a go, who knows where it could lead?

  • Where does your passion lie?

Reflect on your interests, hobbies, and life experiences to determine what you’re passionate about writing. Whether it’s fiction, memoir, poetry, or non-fiction, choose a genre that resonates with you and aligns with your writing goals.

  • Create a Writing Routine

Establish a consistent writing routine that works for you. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can focus and immerse yourself in your writing. Set aside dedicated time each day or week to work on your script. Try to stick to your schedule as much as possible but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage to sit down and write – it’s supposed to be fun after all.

  • Join Writing Groups or Workshops

Consider joining writing groups, workshops, or classes specifically tailored for retirees or aspiring authors. These communities can provide valuable support, feedback, and encouragement as you navigate the writing process. Online writing groups and forums are also excellent resources for connecting with fellow writers and receiving constructive criticism on your work. It’s a social outlet too – where you can meet like-minded people who share your passion.

  • Read Widely

Expand your literary horizons by reading books within your chosen genre and beyond. Pay attention to writing styles, narrative techniques, and storytelling devices employed by other authors. Analysing and learning from different writing styles can enhance your own writing skills and inspire new ideas.

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Remember, it’s never too late to pursue your dreams of becoming an author. With dedication, perseverance, and a love for storytelling, you can embark on a fulfilling writing journey during retirement.

In the meantime – make yourself comfortable and get reading!

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