June 26, 2019

100 Books to Bring us Closer to a Well-Lived Life.


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Books are my thing.

Reading them (or planning to), collecting them (even though I’m running out of space), sharing them (but please give them back), borrowing them (I promise to return them), and rereading them (because sometimes chocolate and pizza don’t offer enough comfort).

Nothing makes me happier than a good book recommendation, or a reading list.

I was the kid in elementary school who waited, impatiently, for the Summer Reading List to be released so I could plan my vacation.

The Washington Post just published a kick-ass (in my opinion) book list that guides us through every chapter of our lives—literally. The list, “Books for the Ages,” showcases the best books to read from age 1 to age 100.

This list is obviously not exhaustive, and there are a few books that I would’ve added (hey there Catcher in the Rye), but I was pumped to see how many of these books I’d already read and even more excited see how many I have yet to read (I’m looking at you, The Joy of Sex).

I know what I’ll be doing this summer.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of my favorite suggestions:

Age 3: Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Age 12: Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, Mildred D. Taylor

Age 16: Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Age 20: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

Age 37: The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Age 48: Bossypants, Tiny Fey

Age 56: When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chödrön

Age 68: The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Age 78: Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White


What books would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.



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