40 Amazing Books to Read Before You Get Old

40 Books to Read

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We are thrilled to bring you our list of 40 Amazing Books to read before you get old!  It was difficult in actually only choosing 40 books, but we hope we have managed to capture some of your favourites as well as our own.  Check out what everyone else is doing below and don’t forget to enter the free giveaway too!


10 Books for Under 5’s

  1. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  3. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  4. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
  5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michel Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
  6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Suess
  7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  8. Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow & Adrian
  9. Snowflakes by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson
  10. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Books for Under 12’s

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  3. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  5. The Tracy Beaker Trilogy by Jaqueline Wilson
  6. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  7. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  8. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  10. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Books for Teens

  1. Harry Potter Series by JR Rowling
  2. His Dark Materials Trilogy By Philip Pullman
  3. Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
  4. The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
  5. Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
  6. Gone by Michael Grant
  7. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  10. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Books for 20’s and Beyond

  1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  5. Dantes Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  6. Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
  7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  8. 1984 – Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  9. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  11. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  12. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
  13. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
  14. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  15. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  16. One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
  17. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  18. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  19. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  20. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

So there we have our 40 Amazing Books to Read Before You Get Old! Hope you enjoy reading some, if not all of them!  *This post contains affiliated links –  please refer to our disclosure policy*


40 Favourite Things Blog Hop

Bloggers share their lists of 40 favorite things

To celebrate her 40th birthday, Leanna from All Done Monkey has organised a virtual party, where each blogger shares her list of 40 favourite things, plus we are giving away a big cash prize to a lucky winner! Don’t miss these creative Top 40 lists, and be sure to enter the giveaway, which is open internationally. (Thanks to the Piri-Piri Lexicon for designing this beautiful series button!)

All Done Monkey: 40 Ways to Celebrate Turning 40
The Piri-Piri Lexicon: 40 Tips for Parents of Bilingual Children
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes: 40 Things to Do with Kids in Puerto Rico
Play Dough & Popsicles: 40 Paper Plate Crafts for Kids
Hispanic Mama: 40 Books for Hispanic Heritage Month
Pura Vida Moms: 40 Favorite Drink Recipes
Globe Trottin’ Kids: 40 Ways to Go Global in the Elementary Classroom
Spanglish Monkey: 40 Dishes from Around the World You Should Try
Peakle Pie: 40 Free Family Fun Things to Make and Do
MommyMaestra: 40 Ways to Have a Multicultural Homeschool
MarocMama: 40 Things to Do in Morocco You Haven’t Thought Of!
Multilingual Parenting: 40 Ways to Motivate Bilingual Children to Speak the Minority Language
Creative World of Varya: 40 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to China
Pack-n-Go Girls: 40 Fabulous Travel Tips

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