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

June 27, 2019

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The Washington Post has compiled a list of the best books to read at every age, from one to 100. Here’s one pick from each decade (see full list at the link):

Age 10: Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Underneath whatever embarrassing, ostentatious orthodontia you’re forced to trot out, you’re still you.

Age 20: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Díaz. Hilariously tortured, exuberant nerds are great company.

Age 30: The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort. Live a little.

Age 40: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Life is fleeting and unpredictable. Accomplish your goals while you still can, obstacles be damned.

Age 50: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Spice things up--or at least enjoy a good laugh.

Age 60: The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken. Not to stress you out, but time is ticking. Do you have a good plan?

Age 70: Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier by Peter Spiers. Among the secrets to a fulfilling life: Never stop learning. 

Age 80: Coming Into Eighty: Poems by May Sarton. Your ship may be battered, but what a voyage “Of learning what to be / And how to become it.”

Age 90: Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God by Joe Coomer. You may have to journey into the past to make sense of your present.

Age 100: Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author by Herman Wouk. Life is a wonderful adventure. Books make it even better.

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