Nourishing the Mind and Soul

Nourishing the Mind and Soul

Nov 24, 2023

50 Books to Read at Midlife


As we traverse the fascinating terrain of midlife, filled with its unique challenges and opportunities, the quest for holistic well-being, and aging healthily becomes part of the landscape. There is also a wonderful realization as we journey that we do not need to learn the hard way, we can tap into the experience of others who have gone before.

Books are a wonderful way to do this.

In this post's exploration of books tailored for women over 45, we delve into health, wealth, knowledge, relationships, and self-help. This curated list of reads aims to nurture not just the mind but also the soul during this transformative phase. Yet, this is not a one-size-fits-all list, take a look at what resonates with you and use it as a base for your own curation.

(Please note that the links below lead to where you can find further book information. These links are not affiliate links, please feel free to buy your book wherever best suits you, perhaps your local bookshop will be of help).

Cultivating Health

Midlife health is a cornerstone for a fulfilling existence as we age. It's a period where we recognize the intricate dance between physical vitality and mental well-being. We look for books that provide practical tips for maintaining specific aspects of physical health, the impact of mindfulness, and our mental equilibrium. These reads become companions on the journey to sustaining a robust and vibrant lifestyle, celebrating the wisdom that comes with caring for our bodies and minds.

The Midlife Wellness Guide

Mindful Aging

Menopause Reset

Outlive Longevity

The Longevity Project

Building Wealth and Financial Wisdom

Midlife brings with it a heightened awareness of financial security and the importance of wealth-building. We look for invaluable guides, offering insights into financial literacy and strategies for securing a stable future. These reads empower women to navigate the complex world of investments, savings, and financial planning. As we embrace the wisdom of what enough means to us, at this stage of life, these books serve as beacons illuminating the path toward financial independence and a fulfilling, worry-free future.

Women & Money

Financial Advice for Independent Women

The Lean Startup

Defining Wealth for Women

The Simple Path to Wealth

Seeking Knowledge and Personal Growth

The pursuit of knowledge and personal growth takes center stage as we traverse midlife. It's a time when the hunger for understanding deepens, and the desire for step-by-step self-improvement becomes more pronounced. Books that cater to this intellectual thirst, offer perspectives on career transitions, lifelong learning, and the significance of purpose.

The Second Mountain


The Song of the Cell

The Mountain in You

The Untethered Soul

Nurturing Relationships

Midlife is a juncture where relationships undergo profound transformations. From family dynamics to friendships and romantic connections, the need for meaningful relationships takes precedence. Books that delve into the intricacies of communication, empathy, and sustaining connections. These reads serve as guides, illuminating the path toward fostering and maintaining relationships that bring joy, fulfillment, and a deep sense of connection.

The Five Love Languages

The Wisdom of Sundays

The Art of Saying No


The Rough Patch

The Path of Self-Help and Empowerment

In the realm of self-help and empowerment, midlife stands as a pivotal phase. It's a time to reevaluate, redefine, and embrace personal power. Books become trusted companions, providing practical advice, motivation, and tools for personal empowerment. These reads guide women through self-discovery, encouraging them to embrace their authenticity and navigate challenges with resilience.

You Are a Badass

The Gifts of Imperfection

You Are Here

Loving What Is

The Gift of Years

Simplicity, and the Environment

Amidst the complexities of midlife, a call to simplicity beckons, not only in our physical spaces but also in our minds, fostering clarity and a deeper appreciation for what truly matters. Being Sensibly Selfish is an act of self-preservation and self-love. offer insights into cultivating healthy boundaries, empowering us to prioritize our well-being.

NOTE: This site is all about being Sensibly Selfish, take a good look around at the free content before buying any books!

There are some wonderful books that bring attention to our interconnectedness with nature. They inspire a mindful approach to our impact on the environment, encouraging eco-friendly choices and a sense of responsibility for the world we leave behind.


Braiding Sweetgrass

The Sixth Extinction

The More Of Less

Not the End of The World

More Books We Think You Will Like

Here are five more books to give thought and inspiration to a life well lived at midlife.

The Slow Moon Climbs

The Comfort of Crows

Everything I Know About Love

Before I go

The Shift

Midlife Inspiration

The books below offer a diverse perspective on the experiences of women in midlife, touching on themes of personal growth, relationships, and the pursuit of fulfillment. Take a look at some of the books below, not all are meant for midlife yet the messages are important.

Women Rowing North

The Year of Yes

I Feel Bad About My Neck

The Bright Side of Going Dark

Daring Greatly

Eat, Pray, Love

The Pull of the Stars

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine


Your Curated Collection

The 50 books above offer guidance, wisdom, and inspiration across the facets of midlife: health, wealth, knowledge, relationships, and self-help. As we turn the pages of these insightful reads, may we find solace, inspiration, and the courage to embrace the midlife transformative journey. Let this curated collection be a testament to the richness that literature brings to our lives, acting as a beacon in the sometimes tumultuous but always rewarding sea of midlife.

There are two other links for you to follow: visit the post author's web page where you can find numerous books to aid with midlife from Cleaning Organically to Empty Nest Syndrome AND, if you haven’t already, download the free Sensibly Selfish eBook from the site, use the link to do so.

Thank you for joining in this exploration of literature tailored for women over 45. Your journey is unique, and your insights are valuable. Feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, and additional book recommendations in the comments below. Let's continue this enriching conversation and support each other on this remarkable journey called life.