Books This Middle-Aged Woman Wants To Read

A short list…

Sarah Cottrell
3 min readSep 12, 2023

I reluctantly closed my monthly book club membership a few months ago. I loved seeing that bright blue box in the mail—but that whistleful hopefulness of the adventures I would encounter between the pages was always snuffed out when I realized that I’d chosen yet another box of stories about women half my age.

Where are all the books that show women aging without making us out to be crones (although, to be totally honest, I am loving my inner crone the louder she gets)? Why are older women characters always cast in the background? I know they exist, but where?

There must be an entire universe of stories for middle-aged women that I just haven’t found yet — . Can you recommend some books in the comments?

In no particular order, here are 10 of the stories that I want to read but cannot seem to find:

  1. Stories that normalize the perimenopause experience. I’m talking all the crazy symptoms, as anticipated, daily things for the main characters, and then show me how she handles them — with and without grace. I want the funny, messy, heartfelt…all of it.
  2. Stories about marriage that age and how unromantic and chaotic they can be without going to the extreme of abuse and gaslighting. I just want to see how a marriage grows old and…



Sarah Cottrell

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