Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

best books to read from ages 1-100

Two of my friends sent me this article on the same day.  It’s very interesting since I have read many of the books recommended for up to my age.  I haven’t read many past that.  I still refuse to read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I will probably read the others at some point, though.

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, ILLUSTRATED BY JACQUELINE ROGERS

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 R. 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, LOUISETTE BERTHOLLE AND SIMONE BECK

 

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”

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”

EDITED 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”

FOUR VOLUMES, 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

All the thrillers and mysteries

 

AGE 84

“The Last Unknowns”

DEEP, ELEGANT, PROFOUND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE UNIVERSE, THE MIND, THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION, AND THE MEANING OF LIFE EDITED 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, ILLUSTRATED BY LAURA GIBSON

 

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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