12 Fantastic Books for Older Women


Whether you’re already a certified bookworm, or you’re trying to get back into reading, this article is for you. We’ll dive into a variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that are certain to revitalize your escapism. 

Fictional Novels: 

Sometimes it’s best to disappear for a moment to a storybook world. That’s what these books are here for.


  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout: A story about one woman but told from many perspectives, reflecting the unrealized impact Olive has had on each person. Filled with love and loss, it’s a great romance story. 


  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith: A family, three kids, an affair, and the world of academia. Through this drama, Zadie Smith writes raw, realistic, diverse characters in a highly engaging way. 


  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: This book is a retelling of old testament biblical stories from the perspective of the women. It focuses on femininity, motherhood, and sisterhood.


  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: If you like historical fiction, this book is for you. Following the townspeople of a small village in England during the 12th century, the drama is unparalleled. You’ll witness war, heartbreak, loss, and the building of a stunning cathedral.


  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: For the dystopian-futuristic lovers, this book is somewhat of a fictional cautionary tale regarding the dangers of limiting the voices of women. 

Nonfiction Autobiography / Self Help: 

Sometimes it’s nice to learn a thing or two from a couple of experts while enjoying a good story along the way. That’s what these books are for.


  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: This book provides guidance for the creative woman looking to get her mojo back. A lovely, reflective story.


  • The Best of Me by David Sedaris: This collection of personal essays is about aging (among other topics) from the perspective of a lifelong writer, so you really see how his perspective evolves from his 20s all the way to his 60s. Covering loss, family, and life with a bit of humor mixed in, it’s a fun, relatable read.


  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb: This therapist speaks about her time in therapy – a memoir meets advice column.


  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell: Written from the perspective of a social scientist, this book deep dives into the power of our subconscious and how to hone in on that power. (One of many Gladwell books).


  • Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg: A methodology that can change your life in the biggest of ways using the smallest of habits.


  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: A moving story about how Walls’ dysfunctional and rather difficult family life informed her desire to escape and to become something greater.



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