Books For The Ages And Brian J.

A photographer for the Washington Post has a listicle up called Books for the Ages which includes a book (or a series, or more) for each year of life.

It’s a silly list, but it’s an excuse for me to compare what I’ve read against the list.

Books I’ve read I’ve put in bold; books I have to read are in orange. I’ve included links for the books I’ve read and reported on on this very blog.

Here they are:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story by Paul Monette
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Stretching by Bob Anderson
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  • Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro
  • Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
  • Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • Dynamic Aging by Katy Bowman
  • The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken
  • Fear of Dying by Erica Jong
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Old in Art School by Nell Painter
  • 65 Things to Do When You Retire edited by Mark Evan Chimsky
  • The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
  • Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger, and Happier by Peter Spiers
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson four volumes, by Robert Caro
  • Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • The Coming of Age by Simone de Beauvoir
  • Coming Into Eighty: Poems by May Sarton
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • The Summer of a Dormouse by John Mortimer
  • All the thrillers and mysteries
  • 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
  • Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
  • Old Filth by Jane Gardam
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life by Judith Viorst
  • A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing 90 by Donald Hall
  • Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God by Joe Coomer
  • Selected Poems: 1988-2013 by Seamus Heaney
  • Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
  • Sapiens by Yuval Harari
  • This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
  • The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante
  • Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
  • Little Boy by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author by Herman Wouk

Of the books that I don’t have colored in the list above, I don’t expect that I’ll even consider reading. I mean, most of the YA fiction listed above that I haven’t read is message-oriented, as are many of the other novels. I might read Gilead but that’s only because I gave a copy to my beautiful wife and her mother for Christmas a couple years ago, so there’s bound to be one or more floating around by the end of my retirement.

Fun fact: Rabbit, Run and Stretching are both at the chairside book accumulation point. I’ve tried to read Rabbit, Run, but I’ve found it odious. And I got Stretching on the indirect advice of my editor. For years, I’ve meant to take up stretching, but I haven’t yet.

At any rate, make of it what you will, the intersection of my reading habits with that of a photographer.

(Link via Althouse.)