Books and Blogs About Retirement

2014-05-29 17.16.29I’ve struggled to find good books about retirement, most of them focus on financial aspects and these are often specific to the US.  These are the few that I’ve found and read.

Brilliant Retirement, a reasonable book, providing a good grounding in the things you need to consider in planning for and living as a retiree.  The financial stuff is relevant to the UK and the author seems to be well versed in that area.  It gets good reviews on Amazon, but I didn’t rate it that highly.

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition, another reasonable book, full of ideas for what to do in retirement.  It’s an optimistic book and it filled a few days while on holiday last year but I didn’t learn much from it.

The Psychology of Retirement: Coping With the Transition From Work. A very boring and uninspiring book, that seems to be trying to find even slightly relevant psychology studies that relate to retirement, but that provide very little insight.  I admit that I didn’t finish it so it might have improved, but Amazon reviewers agree with my impressions.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence. An excellent book, although US centric.  This is the book that inspired my approach to retirement when I first got ill about 12 years ago and decided I needed to take retirement planning seriously

and some blogs, you will quickly see a theme emerging:

Early Retirement Extreme— a combination of simple living, anti-consumerism, DIY ethics, self-reliance, and applied capitalism

Mr Money Mustache is a thirtysomething retiree who now writes about how we can all live a frugal yet Badass life of leisure

Simple Living in Suffolk – breaking free of the rat race and living intentionally

Retire by 40 – a mostly personal story about a guy who retires early to be a stay at home Dad an live a simpler life, although his wife continues working

I read a few of these books sitting on or admiring the beaches of the east coast.  The photo today is of Scarborough south bay.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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