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A Delightful Little Book On Aging

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  34 reviews
All around us, older women flourish in industry, entertainment, and politics. Do they know something that we don’t, or are we all just trying to figure it out? For so many of us, our hearts and minds still feel that we are twenty-something young women who can take on the world. But in our bodies, the flexibility and strength that were once taken for granted are far from ho ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by She Writes Press
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CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Such a great read. I laughed, cried, and nodded in agreement while reading this book. The author's writing really hit home for me. I could relate to everything she had to write about turning the corner and arriving at senior citizen central. The author, Stephanie Rafflelock, describes the stages of aging very adeptly -- grief, reclamation, vision, and laughter.

There are a lot of truisms in the book, and I especially liked: "You gotta keep moving to be relevant." I realized this at the get-go --
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is a reflective book about aging through the eyes and experiences of the author. Some parts really made me giggle and I loved how the author embraces aging and her way of thinking and perceiving things.
A lovely read that was maybe a little shorter than it could have been.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is an introspective book about aging as a person, especially as a woman, and is a book meant to be savored and reflected upon.  We all feel what the author has felt at one time or another whether we are over 60 or under 60.  This is a crazy world and we have to learn how to adapt and cope so that we don't make ourselves crazy in the process.

This book is divided into four sections that address different aspects of how to age gracefully.  The sections are Grief, Reclamation, Vision, and Laugh
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Failing is never the final word. It’s never the sum total of who a person is.”

Aging is a privilege that many get to experience. For over a decade I had a wonderful friend named, Sycily. When she and I became friends, she was already in her early 80s. She never liked celebrating her birthdays, because she learned long ago not to count years – only moments and lived life to the fullest as each year continued to pass. She was always a goer and doer up until her final days. You literally could not
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a week of heart palpitations and arthritis, I needed this to remind me to accept my advancing years with dignity and grace, reclaim my passions and visions, always be grateful, and laugh.

Full review is on my blog.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
That's exactly what the title says. Short writings on ageing. Pleasurable several hours reading. ...more
Kelly Well Read
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am the right demographic for this slim, "delightful" book. At 56, I am headed downhill rather than uphill in life, but it doesn't mean that my life is any less significant or that I have less to offer the world. As a matter of fact, the wisdom that comes with aging is a positive in my life; as Stephanie Raffelock writes, "you gain things even as you lose youth."

Filled with pithy sayings, thought-provoking prose, and short autobiographical essays, A Delightful Little Book on Aging is quintessen
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The words in this book are about aging. None of us are in it alone. we are moving toward the sunset together, and on that horizon eternity lingers. May we all embrace living fully, with unabashed joy and appreciation for this path of transition.”

The minute I read those words in the Introduction, I knew this is a book I will read and then read again. I have not been embracing my own journey down this path of aging with joy and appreciation, and I welcome the wisdom and guidance the author has to
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read, and while there's nothing ground-breaking in its pages, there is plenty to to spark reflection, further reading and action. The author gives us lots of anecdotes, some of which are funny and poignant, along with wisdom and new perspectives on ageing. I don't think there are many 'self-help books for the over 60s, and this would be the perfect introduction for anyone whose arrival at the 'Big 6-0' has come as a bit of a shock. Perhaps it should also be read by younger people ...more
joyce w. laudon
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This book includes many reflections and stories from the author on the subject of aging.  I very much like how she embraces this time of life and sees it as a time for growth, exploration and consolidation of a lifetime of experience.

The book is divided into four sections;  Grief, Reclamation, Vision and Laughter.  In the first section the author supports acknowledging the losses both large and small that come with the aging process.  In the next section, she encourages readers to reclaim things
Alicia Bayer
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, short book on aging by a woman in her mid sixties. As such, it's written from the perspective of someone fairly new to aging (for an excellent book on the topic by a woman much older, see Growing Old: Notes on Aging with Something like Grace).

It is a quick read and feels like a compilation of short essays or blog entries. They are encouraging and well written.

I read a digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
Sydney Young
This truly is a special book coming at a perfect time; I didn't know I was looking for it, and there it was.

Stephanie Raffelock, in a gentle but knowing voice, has written a sweet page turner, with gems of wisdom in easy doses. Never preachy, she tells poignant stories (the parakeet), she shows us to reach further in our aging years (a whole section after my own heart on creativity and writing), and she reminds us how important friends are. Stephanie encourages laughter. She's even proposed a t
Belle Whittington
Enter to Win a copy of this book on my blog: https://booksandbroomsticks.blogspot....

Well, howdy, y’all! How’s everyone progressing through this weird Covid-19 pandemic thing? All I can say is that I’ve just given myself my second quarantine haircut. I won’t say any more about it, except that there was hair all over the bathroom when I was done. And seeing as how my hair is pret-near (East Texas slang for “pretty near”) blood-red, the aftermath looked like a murder scene, which it kinda was in r
Elizabeth Wood
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one for self-help style books, but every now and then something you don't expect comes along exactly when you need it. This book was such a thing. It is As a Gen X-er quickly approaching 50 I've found myself struggling with the beginnings of what Raffelock describes, and her warm, breezy, friendly style helped me hear some things I needed to hear. For instance, as I've been struggling with changes to my body I had to laugh when I read her advice to her nieces: "Nobody ever got smarter or ...more
Donna Cameron
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
True to its title, this really was A Delightful Little Book on Aging. But it’s also so much more. Reading it, I often felt like I was having tea with the author—our conversation ranged from aging, to gratitude, to creativity and living wholeheartedly, to friendship, laughter, and so much more. It’s a perfect book for these times, reminding us that spirit-based living can counter the daily news and that celebration is a form of activism.
Nov 02, 2020 added it
How old is old?

A quick read. Reflective read on aging with humor, giggles, humor, and reality. Raffelock embraces
aging and offers points to reflect on.

"What we shed are the "things"that gather dust - the things that bind, the things that have become clutter. The new skin is made up of the intangible - purpose, meaning, connection, joy, and love. It's really a pretty good trade-off."

"Seems I must remind myself again and again that the fullness of life can't be found in the past, but rather in thi
Jenn Belden
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was provided a review copy by the author via Lone Star Book Blog Tours. All opinions are my own.*

A Delightful Little Book on Aging lives entirely up to its name! It’s a delightful collection of essays in a tiny book (both in length and dimension), but it contains a massive amount of sense and insight for women on both sides of 60. (For the record, I am on THIS side of 60, thank you.)

The beauty of books like this is that you can digest it in nibbles or big bites. I devoured it in a gulp, but
Ruthie Jones
“Life is going to have its way with us, so we might as well develop a sense of humor about it.”

A Delightful Little Book on Aging by Stephanie Raffelock is indeed quite delightful and insightful. We are fortunate if we are allowed to age, but the baggage that often comes with aging can be quite cumbersome, unwieldy, and downright annoying. Stephanie shows us in this sweet book that we can still find joy, purpose, and humor in these golden years that often feel a bit tarnished around the edges. It
Kathryn Taylor
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie Raffelock's book, like her podcast Coffee Table Wisdom, is a gift to those of us of a certain age. It is a reminder that our lives have mattered, our experiences have value, and that no matter our age, we can continue to grow, learn, teach, reshape our lives and remain vital. This little nugget will find a special place in your heart-and on your bedside table-and is one you will want to buy copies of for all those you hold dear. ...more
Kristine Hall
HALL WAYS REVIEW: AUDIO BOOK / PRINT COMBO. Love, love, LOVE this little book that packs a big punch by putting aging into a positive, but realistic and new perspective. Stephanie Raffelock is both an excellent writer and narrator, and her book, A DELIGHTFUL LITTLE BOOK ON AGING, is just that. DE-LIGHT-FUL! I went into reading it with the expectation that many of the messages would be ones I already have heard -- been there, done that, you know, since I am several years past the 50 mark. Two pag ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I appreciate the effort involved in writing a book and putting ones personal thoughts down for anyone to read, this book was not my favorite read. There were a few gems sprinkled in the book that made me smile and one section that I wish someone had handed me when I was sixteen, but a lot of it I just had to skim. Most of what I read until I got to the section on 'What I want my nieces to know' was pretty basic, nothing that most 55+ women have thought of, at least every now and then, but ...more
Rita Dragonette
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This perfectly titled book totally delivers on it’s promise. It is delightful, a modifier not typically associated with its subject. Its premise of self-acceptance and permission to revel in the later stage of life, without judgment, is one that should become a daily mantra for anyone over fifty. The short booklet is a beautifully written assembly of writings from the author’s blog and other publications. Together they offer a hopeful, wise and inspirational message. Brew a cup of ...more
Carolyn Arnold
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and uplifting!
This book really IS a delight to read or listen to! I thought I was aging gracefully by pretending I was not aging. Instead, A Delightful Little Book on Aging helped me see inevitable changes in a much more positive way and helped me counteract my inner voices that are not always so patient or accepting of my aging process. In the audio version, Stephanie Raffelock’s warm gentle voice soothes away self-doubts, fears and judgments about growing older with reassurance, e
Beverly McCall
A Delightful Little Book on Aging by Stephanie Raffelock is a fascinating read. In it, Ms. Raffelock presents an alternative view on the concept of aging. She does this through insightful anecdotes and paints a persuasive point that one can actively participate in one’s own aging process. As the title suggests, this is a delightful read. I appreciate how she uses the steps in the grieving process and applies it to dealing with the aging process. This book allows readers to see that they can pro ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Delightful Little Book on Aging, by Stephanie Raffelock, is a quick pick-me-up when you have to use your arms to get out of a chair, or you pass a mirror and wonder where your waistline went, or when you find yourself in a room and wonder why you are there. It is fast read and a sweet reminder that we need to appreciate the life we have now and not waste time mourning what is long gone. I doubt that those who are attracted to books on aging will learn much that they did not know, but there are ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting and short read that made smile and think.
I liked this snippets of wisdom and i think this is one of those book you can read one piece at a time and think about what you're reading.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Diane Kwan
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring!

This book opened up so many possibilities for me. I don't know why I starting to think of myself as too old to start something new or even to follow a long forgotten dream, but this book brought it all back and I am so very grateful.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book and I was sad when I reached the end. I wanted more!
Thank you, Stephanie, for spelling and grammar that didn’t make me cringe. Thank you, as well, for new perspectives. Your message is accurate - it’s never too late to...
Kristine Hall
See my combo review of the hardcover edition
Aysha Imran
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I usually like women centric books ,nothing best than own voices .But somehow I couldn't connect to this book.Good effort though . ...more
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Stephanie Raffelock is the author of Creatrix Rising, Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women, (She Writes Press - August, 2021). She also penned the award winning book, A Delightful Little Book on Aging.
A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Writing and Poetics, Stephanie was a contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger in Oregon. She has blogged for Nexus Magazine, Omaha Lifestyles,

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