The best books for all ages—perfect for children, teens, and adults

Who am I?

I’m sure we all remember some of the first books we picked up, and how they’ve stayed with us despite every year that ticked away. These were stories that didn’t just resonate with us as kids; a part of them lasted—transcended age and periodic experiences. I love books that you can reach for no matter how old you are, with lessons and stories that can be enjoyed by anyone. My own writing is a reflection of that: timeless tales that bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood, hoping to touch hearts with a spectrum of knowledge in science, myth, and philosophy.  

I wrote...

Nura and the Immortal Palace

By M.T. Khan,

Book cover of Nura and the Immortal Palace

What is my book about?

A magical, wondrous middle-grade debut following a young girl's adventure from real-world Pakistan into the realm of jinn.

Nura has worked all her life as a mica miner, earning just enough to keep her family afloat. Only if she finds the Demon’s Tongue, a legendary treasure buried deep within the mines, will her family never have to worry about money again. When a terrible accident buries her best friend underground, Nura digs deeper in search of him, only to pass over into the enchanting yet treacherous realm of jinn. Nura stumbles her way to a palace, where great riches are on offer. But it’s not long before Nura discovers this world to be as unfair as the real one, and that trickster jinn will always live up to their reputation…

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By R.J. Palacio,

Book cover of Wonder

Why this book?

This book took me from fits of hilarity to wells of sadness to fist-clenched anger. It’s not easy being a kid, and in 10-year-old-Auggie’s case, it’s much harder than most. Auggie is clever and witty, but born with a severe facial deformity that propels most to keep their distance. Taking extraordinary to new levels, this book feels like an embrace, like a warm bowl of soup, like a letter of affirmation that life is real and we are real and maybe that means we should be a little more kind to the people around us. Read this story if you want to heal any cuts in your heart. 

Le Petit Prince

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

Book cover of Le Petit Prince

Why this book?

I think every reread of this book unveils another layer to its complexity. The Little Prince is a classic tale that will mean different things to different people—a mesmerizing journey to wide-eyed children, a reminder of the world’s fragility to adults, and a longing for nostalgia by those grown who may have had their innocence stripped away early. The first time I read it, I was swept away by the pictures and pretty words, and yet still, there was an ache in my heart that only later, on my next read, did I truly understand. But every reader can feel it; the beauty and grief for a place or time we may never return to. 

How Do You Live?

By Genzaburō Yoshino, Bruno Navasky (translator),

Book cover of How Do You Live?

Why this book?

I originally picked up this book after hearing it was Hayao Miyazaki’s favourite childhood book. But the more I read, the more I saw how it changed me too. Thought-provoking and philosophically balanced, How Do You Live? asks questions that will throw any reader into a realm of introspection. A story about a 15-year-old boy and his uncle may seem simple, but its deeply human core provides angles and dimensions that range from history, science, and sociology. An experience to read. 

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of The Hobbit

Why this book?

I will not deny being a big fan of the Lord of the Rings. But unlike the epic, larger-than-life journey, its prequel is a quieter, funnier, and jovial one. The Hobbit is a timeless journey of an unexpected hero. Its upbeat, lyrical writing style and fascinating cast of characters will ensnare even the grumpiest of readers. Like a portal to a different realm, this book will transport you.

Amari and the Night Brothers

By B.B. Alston,

Book cover of Amari and the Night Brothers

Why this book?

This book will ignite a reading rush no matter the age. It’s books like these that make you appreciate how words can draw such vivid pictures in our heads. With a mystery at its core, a determined young girl at its lead, and a spectrum of supernatural influences as its backdrop, Amari and the Night Brothers will awaken the imagination in anybody. It’s fun, action-packed, and a crossover of old fantasy meets modern. 

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