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5 Must Read Books for Seniors

Reading is one of the most rewarding pastimes for people of any age. Not only can you relax as you dive into a good story, but reading has also been linked to reducing stress, increasing mental stimulation, and improving memory. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at five must-read books for seniors that will hopefully provide some titles that you haven’t read yet. No matter where you like to read, a portable tray table can make it more enjoyable. Shop Table Mate today and order the perfect one for you.

1. “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

In this 2012 novel by Backman, the main character Ove is referred to as “the bitter neighbour from hell” by his neighbors. He is cranky, follows strict routines, and possesses a short fuse. Beneath all this is a man plagued by loss and sadness. When chatty new neighbors move in, their accidental crushing of his mailbox opens the door to an unexpected, intergenerational unexpected friendship that provides the healing Ove needs.

2. “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown

In 1936, the eight-man crew and coxswain from the University of Washington worked together to compete in the Berlin Olympics for America. All nine young men were from lower-middle-class families and struggled to earn their way through school during the Great Depression. Set against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, this story highlights the boys’ efforts to work together as one unit and the bonds of friendship that were forged during this time.

3. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks, born Loretta Pleasant, was an African-American woman who underwent a biopsy for cervical cancer in 1951. Unbeknownst to her and without her consent, these cancer cells were cultured and created the cell line known as HeLa, which is used for medical research to this day. Working with the family of Henrietta, Skloot addresses both the science behind what happened and the ethical issues of race and class in medical research.

4. “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Precious Ramotswe decides to open her own private detective agency in Botswana when she is 34. Due to her belief that a good private detective should know about people more than simply try to solve their problems, she becomes one of the best private detectives in all of Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. Her empathy for each of her clients proves a valuable asset as it opens doors that help to solve cases.

5. “Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind” by Ann B. Ross

Miss Julia is nothing if not polite! She is a Southern widow who puts a very high value on the observance of manners no matter what situation she finds herself in. After learning that her recently deceased husband had a mistress and a nine-year-old son, Miss Julia decides to take Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd into her home and her heart.  


There are so many good books to read that sometimes it can be hard to choose which ones to give your time to. There is nothing quite as disappointing as taking time to read a book that just doesn’t measure up to what you heard about it. At the same time, there is nothing quite as thrilling as a book that is so good, you just can’t put it down. We hope that our five suggestions have given you some new books to add to your list of reading material. Whether you prefer reading in bed, on the couch, or in your recliner, be sure to order your portable tray table from Table Mate to enjoy reading even more!
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