The End Of Your Life Book Club

Making new connections is an important factor in your overall retirement happiness. As a result, if you’re a reader, joining a book club is an excellent way to connect with others who share your love of reading.  Read Will Schwalbe’s,  The End of Your Life Book Club, to better understand how rewarding book club discussions can be.

This is a non-fiction book about being in a very small book club. It’s a book club of two—Will and his mom, Mary Anne.

Mary Ann has terminal cancer. As her illness progresses, mother and son read an impressive number of books together. There’s mutual agreement to read whatever the other person selects. No debates allowed.

Book club “meetings” occur during Mary Anne’s chemo treatments. They use this time to talk about the selected book plus a variety of other topics ranging the gamut from family stories, to work highlights to end of life planning. It’s the conversation about all the other things that really makes this book special.

Therefore, if you’ve been part of a book club, you know  that book discussions often take turns that you never expected. Because in this book, those twists and turns add valuable insight into the mother/son relationship Will and Mary Anne share.

The End of Your Life Book Club, confirms the value of talking about books with other book lovers. So often we view reading as a solitary activity and not one to share. We don’t realize how much reading offers a connection with others.

Granted, we learn something from whatever book we’ve read. Even greater value comes from learning how the book has affected someone else.  Hearing how they have interpreted the book often brings up new ideas for  you to consider as well.   

If you’re a member of a book club, you’ll appreciate the benefits this book shows about “going off topic” during your club meetings.  As the conversation wanders, the more value it often has.

Book clubs offer the opportunity to make new connections when you discuss not only what’s in the book but also what’s going on in your life. Use book clubs as a way to make connecting with others part of your retirement lifestyle.

What do you enjoy about being in a book club?


Many readers find themselves stuck in planning for retirement. Retirement Style offers a number of resources, including our 30 Day Journaling Challenge, to help you get unstuck in working towards your best retirement. If you would like to speak to a certified retirement coach about your personal journey, please contact us.

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