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Ready, Set, Relax: The Top 10 Books for Your Retirement Planning

Successful retirement is a lot more than just financial independence. It’s about achieving meaning and happiness during a whole new chapter of your life. These popular retirement books cover everything you need to know about making these years the best of your life.

  1. ‘How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free’ by Ernie Zelinksi

After a life of stressful deadlines and fast-paced living, it might actually be challenging for you to allow yourself to embark on a never-ending break and give your body, mind, and soul the rest it so badly deserves. Life coach, Ernie Zelinksi, will help you take a breath and learn to relax. The book provides guidance on a broad range of retirement topics, from financial advice to how to tap into your creativity.

  1. ‘Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life’ by Bart Astor

Life is a journey, so it’s useful to have a navigational aid to help you avoid getting lost. This AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) book will help you assess your current life and determine what you want to do next; as well as make important decisions, such as whether you should sell your house. As the generalised title of the book suggests, the content is also broad-ranging; offering you advice on what subjects you should cover when talking to your kids about their life affairs, to how you can ask your doctor for a new prescription. This book has pretty much everything covered when it comes to retirement.

  1. ‘Can I Retire?’ by Mike Piper

As Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Mike Piper takes this quote to heart in his book focused on the financial decisions retirees need to make. He manages to make complex financial topics seem simple and easy-to-understand, so that you’re on the path to a financially secure retirement.

  1. ‘Don’t Let an Old Person Move into Your Body’ by Jim Donovan

As the old saying goes, we’re only as old as we feel. In this self-help book, Jim Donovan uses real-life stories of people who live purposeful lives to show that “getting old” is a myth. By providing guidelines on how you can incorporate the “Four P’s” – passion, purpose, power, and prosperity – the book provides insight on how we can all maintain a positive mind-set during retirement.

  1. ‘The Smartest Retirement Book You’ll Ever Read’ by Daniel R. Stolin

The first piece of advice from this book should be, don’t believe everything you read. However in this case, the title might well be true. With a handful of simple financial tips for retirement, such as how to make your money last longer than you do; strategies to maximise your retirement nest egg, and how to steer clear of scams that will rob you of your money, reading this book could be the smartest thing you do.

  1. ‘What You Don’t Know About Retirement’ by Bill Dodds

While you may be feeling a bit stressed about your upcoming retirement, this entertaining set of jokes and quizzes will certainly have you celebrating that long-awaited milestone with lots of laughs. If you’re looking for something to do with all your retired friends, whip this book out at a get-together and enjoy poking fun at growing older while making the most of it.

  1. ‘The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement’ by Jan Cullinane

It’s important to embrace the reality that being single during retirement can actually be a lot of fun – after all, you’ll be able to do exactly what you want to do, all of the time. This book understands your desire to focus on yourself and answers all the questions that really matter. From planning a cruise, to staying healthy, or even looking for love, Cullinane takes the guesswork out of retirement and will help you fulfil all of your retirement dreams.

  1. ‘Things to Do Now that You’re Retired’ by Jane Garton

Now that you no longer have to go to your regular 9-5, the kids are out of the house, and you have a tidy sum of money to get you through your golden years, what is there left to do? Jane Garton provides a wide range of fun and upbeat suggestions on how to bask in the luxury of your new-found leisure time. The most important one being: have fun, doing what you want to do.

  1. ‘Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement’ by Jaime Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz

No one said that you have to retire into a house. If traveling is your passion then maybe retiring to an RV is the way to go. As it is a fairly unique lifestyle choice, this book offers insight and stories from a range of solo and couple ‘RVers’ to help you learn more about life on the road and the tricks of owning an RV.

  1. ‘What the Hell Do I Do Now? A Professional’s Guide to a Meaningful Retirement’ by R. Dean White

Being baby boomers, we have grown accustomed to our all-consuming professions and being constantly on-the-go. Waking up to a blank calendar might come across as daunting and many of us are terrified at the thought. Luckily, this book will help tackle the fear of doing nothing and teach us that what we learn – after we “know it all” – is what really counts.

360 Summary

One of the things we associate with retirement is having the time to settle down with an enjoyable book and relax. However, for those who are struggling to fill all their free time; or who are facing other retirement-related woes, our top ten list of the best retirement books provide a wealth of insight, guidance and humour.


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