Books and Blogs About Retirement
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.