Best Books to Read for Ages 81 - 100

Best Books to Read for Ages 81 – 100

We’ve come so far in our Best Books to Read at each age piece! Here are the final 19 books we recommend to read in your 80s and beyond.

Age 81

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

waterforelephantsSet in the Great Depression, Water for Elephants tells the story of how Jacob Janowski ends up getting a job at the circus. Jacob soon bonds with an untrainable elephant named Rosie. You’ll see how the two, along with all the other cast of kooky characters, make the best during the hardest times.



Age 82

Call It A Gift by Valerie Hobbs

giftJeronimo is seventy-seven and Emily eighty-two when they meet at the library and nearly have an argument over a book. The two fall in love, elope and get ready for a wild ride. They soon find that being married at that age in life is more complicated.



Age 83

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

frankensteinScience student Victor Frankenstein’s obsession with the cause of humanity decides to find out for himself by assembling a human of his own with various body parts. Shelley was 18-years-old when she started to write the gothic horror piece that has haunted readers for centuries. 



Age 84

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

littlewomenLoosely based on Alcott and her sisters, Little Women follows the lives of four sisters as they grow into adulthood. Something to keep in mind as you see your own grandkids get older!



Age 85

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

ashesA gripping memoir about growing up during the Great Depression in an Irish Catholic household. McCourt and his family lived in the slums of New York, wore rags for diapers, and has a father that drinks away his wages. Definitely put this on your Goodreads list!



Age 86

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

annajareninaA love story that many say is the world’s greatest novel, Tolstoy beautifully writes the story of Anna Karenina. Anna is a sophisticated woman who leaves her wealthy husband Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfill her passion, but it comes with tragic consequences. 



Age 87

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

wintergardenTwo sisters who lived opposite lives reunite when their mother falls ill. The two bond over a fairytale that their mother told them as little girls. But the origin of the story is unknown. The two sisters are about to find where it came from and why it is such a sore topic in their family.



Age 88

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

oldmanBecause you’re never too old to battle the largest fish in the sea!





Age 89

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop

1940For an excellent mystery with a touch of comedy, pick up a copy of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. It’s a great book to read along with a friend or family member.



Age 90

Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life by Roger Rosenblatt

rulesforagingThink of this as a “how-to” book to aging gracefully. Essayist and PBS News contributor Roger Rosenblatt writes funny rules that have truth to them. Take Rule #1: It doesn’t matter. Rosenblatt insists that if you follow this rule, it will add decades to your life.



Age 91

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

bridgeA Newbery award-winning novel of two friends who create a magical imaginary world called Terabithia. One day tragedy strikes and only the strength of family and friends coming to heal the grief. Keep the tissues close by!



Age 92

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

littleoldladyA group of women in a senior home decides they’re fed up with the accommodations and management, so they resort to white-collar crime. If you enjoyed A Man Called Ove you’ll get a kick out of this one.



Age 93

Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

pillowA well-written poem has the power to tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and stir up all sorts of emotions. Breakaway from a novel and enjoy this collection of poetry.  




Age 94

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

muchtodoFind out what the battle of the sexes was like back in 1598 when Shakespeare wrote his comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Read one act, and you’ll see how far society has come!




Age 95

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

stillaliceHarvard professor Alice Howland seems to be forgetting things more often. She soon finds out that she is developing Alzheimer’s disease. She would have never thought at her age that she could start losing her mind. Together with her family, they find a way to cope with this uncurable diagnosis.



Age 96

Calvin and Hobbes (Volume 1) by Bill Watterson

calvinhobbsRather than clipping out the Clavin and Hobbes comic strip out of the paper each day, buy an entire volume of them. A fun read to enjoy with the family!



Age 97

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

harrypotterdeathlyhallowsJoin Harry, Hermoine, and Ron as you read the final and seventh book in the Harry Potter series. Will good trump over the evil that threatens the wizarding world? You’ll be guessing all the way to the end!



Age 98

Life Is So Good by George Dawson

lifeisgoodGeorge Dawson is a slave’s grandson who learned to read at age 98 and lived to the age of 103. In his book, Dawson reflects on his life and shares valuable lessons in living.




Age 99

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

midnightschildrenIn 20th century India, Saleem Sinai was born the midnight of India’s independence and is endowed with a special talent. In Midnight’s Children, you get to see how Saleem’s talent helps him and his family overcome odds and obstacles.



Age 100

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

100yearoldA fun feel-good book to read at 100 is The 100-Year-Old Man Who CLimed out the Window and Disappeared. On his 100th birthday Allan Karlsson (you guessed it) climbs out of his window to avoid attending his own party. What instills is a journey you take revisiting Allan’s past. 

What do you think? What books do you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!

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