5 Wonderful Books About Spunky Old Broads That Will Get You Excited for Your Sixties

Nervous about reaching your 60s? Read on to discover 5 amazing books that will put your mind at ease and get you excited to enter that new decade of your life!

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Aging is something we all have thought about at one point or another during our lives. While getting older can be hard for both men and women, I do think the thought of aging hits women just a tad bit harder. Growing old comes with a lot of things that we just have to accept will be a part of life from then on such as our looks sometimes fading, if you’re a parent, becoming empty nesters, losing family or friends or long relationships coming to an end. Below are five books about spunky old broads that will indefinitely lift your spirits about aging and have you ready to take on that new chapter in life!

1. No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside

No! I don't Want to Join a Book Club, by Virginia Ironsides, book cover depicting End of bed frame with feet and a cat hanging off the end.

With her 60th birthday approaching, Marie Sharp looks forward to the boring, peaceful days of getting older. She had plenty of excitement throughout her life, like partying in the sixties, having a family and career, and experiencing marriage and divorce. But, of course, life doesn’t always go as planned. Marie is expecting her first grandchild, and she is reconnecting with an old crush. Despite her plans for relaxation, Marie realizes that life still has plenty to offer her.

2. The Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons, book cover of an house porch and year with a red tent.

The family of Birch women demonstrates how independent and strong women can really be. Sophia, Margaret, and matriarch Charlie Kate have been fighting off loneliness, desperation, and misery that is sometimes right on their front doorstep. Led by Charlie Kate, the three women find comfort and strength within one another during World War II, when men had power over almost everything.

3. Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan

Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan, book cover depicting Bright yellow house surrounded by trees.

Following the death of her husband, Emily surrounds herself with family at their lake house for what will be their last summer there. Alongside Emily is her daughter, who is a recovering alcoholic, and her children, Emily’s son, who recently quit his job, with his wife and children, and her sister-in-law, who is mourning not only the lake house but also a long lost love. With all this family around, old memories are bound to creep up on Emily, resulting in old rivalries to resurface and love to be rekindled.

4. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler, book cover depicting keys and a smiley keychain.

Over a singular day, Ira and Maggie, who have been married for 28 years, reflect on their marriage on the way to the funeral of a family friend. On their road trip from Maryland to Pennsylvania, the couple reflects on their marriage, the good and the bad. When Ira is more practical and severe, Maggie is more quirky and silly, but they soon realize how great it is to have someone with whom they can share the challenges and joys of daily life.

5. The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George, book cover depicting a Little building with red and white striped awning.

After a 41-year-long, loveless marriage, Marianne takes matters into her own hands and finally decides to do something about it. One night, while in Paris, Marianne decides to leave and set down Brittany’s coast. Along the way, she is surprised to meet beautifully caring people who are immediately warm and welcoming towards her. On her journey, Marianne discovers parts of herself she believed she had lost long ago, knowing this was her second chance to let those parts shine.

While aging can be scary for us, growing older can also offer a lot of new experiences that you may have thought were off the table after a certain point in life. All five of these novels depict the joy and surprises that can accompany aging, preparing you for your next stage in life. Enjoy reading!

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