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The Best Books to Read at Every Age From 1 to 100

alex atkins bookshelf books“Books are a portal to our personal histories.” writes Stephanie Merry, editor of Book World at The Washington Post, “Pick up a worn copy of a childhood favorite and you might be transported to the warmth of a parent’s arms or a beanbag chair in a first-grade classroom or a library in your hometown. Avid readers could build autobiographies around their favorite books and come to the realization that what they have read is almost as meaningful as when they read it.” Within that context, the editors rolled up their sleeves and began deliberating and debating which book could be assigned to each year, from age one to 100. And every book lover loves a book list since it invites spirited discussion over what was included or excluded. Obviously with a list this comprehensive, it seems some books were assigned somewhat arbitrarily to a particular age. Nevertheless, the editors deserve kudos for their ambitious goal. Without further ado, here is the list of “The Best Books to Read at Every Age:”

Age 1: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Age 2: “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney

Age 3: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Age 4: “Charlie Parker Played Be Bop” by Chris Raschka

Age 5: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Age 6: “Ramona the Pest” by Beverly Cleary

Age 7: “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson

Age 8: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.k. Rowling

Age 9: “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume

Age 10: “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier

Age 11: “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds

Age 12: “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor

Age 13: “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai

Age 14: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Age 15: “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

Age 16: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë

Age 17: “Once Upon a River” by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Age 18: “A Gate At the Stairs” by Lorrie Moore

Age 19: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

Age 20: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Díaz

Age 21: “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway

Age 22: “Democracy In America” by Alexis De Tocqueville

Age 23: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Age 24: “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

Age 25: “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith

Age 26: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Age 27: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

Age 28: “Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde

Age 29: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

Age 30: “The Joy of Sex” by Alex Comfort

Age 31: “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child

Age 32: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

Age 33: “Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story” by Paul Monette

Age 34: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison

Age 35: “How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Age 36: “Life Among the Savages” by Shirley Jackson

Age 37: “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan

Age 38: “The Sportswriter” by Richard Ford

Age 39: “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty

Age 40: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Age 41: “Rabbit, Run” by John Updike

Age 42: “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud

Age 43: “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston

Age 44: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Age 45: “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple

Age 46: “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward

Age 47: “Stretching” by Bob anderson

Age 48: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey

Age 49: “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

Age 50: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by El James

Age 51: “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Alice Munro

Age 52: “Men Without Women” by Haruki Murakami

Age 53: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

Age 54: “The Denial of Death” by Ernest Becker

Age 55: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout

Age 56: “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

Age 57: “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Age 58: “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich

Age 59: “Dynamic Aging” by Katy Bowman

Age 60: “The Five Years Before You Retire” by Emily Guy Birken

Age 61: “Fear of Dying” by Erica Jong

Age 62: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson

Age 63: “Our Souls At Night” by Kent Haruf

Age 64: “Old In Art School” by Nell Painter

Age 65: “65 Things To Do When You Retire” by Mark Evan Chimsky

Age 66: “The “Outlander” Series by Diana Gabaldon

Age 67: “Don Quixote” by Miguel De Cervantes

Age 68: “The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion

Age 69: “I Remember Nothing” by Nora Ephron

Age 70: “Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier” by Peter Spiers

Age 71: “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rushdie

Age 72: “Love In the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez

Age 73: “The Years of Lyndon Johnson” by Robert Caro

Age 74: “Paris In the Present Tense” by Mark Helprin

Age 75: “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss

Age 76: “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher

Age 77: “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson

Age 78: “Charlotte’s Web” by E.b. White

Age 79: “The Coming of Age” by Simone De Beauvoir

Age 80: “Coming Into Eighty: Poems” by May Sarton

Age 81: “Devotions” by Mary Oliver

Age 82: “The Summer of a Dormouse” by John Mortimer

Age 83: Thrillers by Walter Mosley, Dorothy Gilman, and Jacqueline Winspearr

Age 84: “The Last Unknowns” by John Brockman

Age 85: “Ravelstein” by Saul Bellow

Age 86: “Old Filth” by Jane Gardam

Age 87: “King Lear” by William Shakespeare

Age 88: “Nearing Ninety: and Other Comedies of Late Life” by Judith Viorst

Age 89: “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing 90” by Donald Hall

Age 90: “Beachcombing For a Shipwrecked God” by Joe Coomer

Age 91: “Selected Poems: 1988-2013” by Seamus Heaney

Age 92: “Nothing To Be Frightened of” by Julian Barnes

Age 93: “Sapiens” by Yuval Harari

Age 94: “This Chair Rocks: a Manifesto Against Ageism” by Ashton Applewhite

Age 95: the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Age 96: “Somewhere Towards the End” by Diana Athill

Age 97: “My Own Two Feet” by Beverly Cleary

Age 98: “Life Is So Good” by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Age 99: “Little Boy” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Age 100: “Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author” by Herman Wouk

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