5 Timeless Novels to Read This Summer

July 26th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

There are certain books that everyone has to be able to say they've read as a sort of right of passage in life. This summer, why not  organize a book club with friends and check some of these classic novels off your bucket list?

Curling up with a good book isn't just entertaining, it's also beneficial to senior health. We know that proper memory care means engaging in activities that stimulate the mind. Reading is one of these activities as it forces the brain to recall words, learn new ones and opens the imagination to create a mental picture of the story.

Certain conditions such as bad eyesight or joint pain from arthritis might make it a challenge for some to enjoy a good book. Fortunately, there are audiobooks which allow seniors to listen along. Agingcare.com noted that listening comprehension has similar benefits to physically reading. 

S not sift through some of these classic plots and see which you'd like to add to your summer reading list:

1. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A classic among classics, "The Great Gatsby" is a literary masterpiece that captures the thrill of life on Long Island during the Roaring '20s. This tale unfolds through the eye of West Egg newcomer, Nick Carraway, as he observes the mysterious background of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his unequivocal love for his married neighbor, Daisy Buchanan. Though there are several movie adaptations, the book paints a story that could never truly see justice on the screen. 

2. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
It's the 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner and another must-read option for your book club. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is Lee's charming yet thought provoking story about model lawyer and father Atticus Finch who is tasked to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. Meanwhile, his children, Jem and Scout try to unveil the identity of their house-ridden neighbor and local spook, Boo Radley. This book still sells about a million copies each year!

3. "Animal Farm" by George Orwell 
George Orwell's famous "Animal Farm" was a novel reflective of his criticism of Russian leader Joseph Stalin, and his depiction of the events that led to the Russian Revolution. Its political satire is masked as Orwell uses farm animals as his main characters. The ring leader, a pig named Old Major, ignites the movement, "All animals are equal," and the plot of their overtaking unfolds from there. If you haven't read this book since you were a child, you might want to give it a re-read, as you might find it more insightful than the charming story of farm animals that you once believed.  

4. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
ENotes explained that Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" is a masterpiece reflective of the struggle during the Great Depression. Convicted murderer Tom Joad sets out on the great adventure to find his family who have packed up and moved to California in hope of finding work. He is joined by former preacher Jim Casy who he used to know from childhood. With lots of twists and turn on their journey, this book is perfect for thoughtful conversation with your friends. 

5. "Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien 
Looking for some good fiction? "Lord of the Rings" is it. This epic fantasy weaved by Tolkien sucks you into a world in which the fate of civilization relies on the missing One Ring, and Frodo Baggins seemingly impossible task to find it. This is another book that was adapted into a movie - although Tolkien's novel could not possibly be adequately represented in one film, hence why you need to read it to catch all the details that were left out of the film for yourself. 

Source: Sunrise Senior Living

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