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Popular 8 Books To Read Before You Are 50

At the age of fifty, most people have gone through the typical life dramas and stages that would probably stress a twenty-year-old just starting the journey.

At fifty, you are fully mature and have gathered so many life lessons along the way to guide you on your way to the older half of your life. You are probably already a grandparent with grown children.

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Many people go through what is referred to as a mid-life crisis as your life dynamic changes. It is no longer about scaling up at work but finding things that inspire passion and happiness.

One way to find your bearing even before hitting fifty is by reading. This could help avoid the crisis that mid-life presents. 

Not just reading anything but the right books that will inspire the next chapter in your life. Here are a few books everyone should read before turning fifty.


The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby was written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book was made into a movie starring Hollywood star Leonardo Decaprio in 2013.

The drama novel is set in the summer of 1922 and follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island.


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1984 is a science fiction book written by author George Orwell in 1949. It was published by Secker & Warburg as Orwell’s ninth and final book completed in his lifetime.

The novel brings readers into a dystopian society where citizens know “Big brother is watching you.” The popular show ‘Big Brother’ was inspired by this book.


To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and instantly won the hearts of many people.

It is an exploration of human morality and presents a constant conversation regarding the inherent goodness or evilness of people.



Former first lady Michelle Obama debuted her writing career with the best selling book ‘Becoming’ which was published in 2018.

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The 400 paged book explores the great value Michelle Obama places on personal development and staying true to one’s ambitions. 

The race and gender of Michelle Obama and the problems she faced because of them is a silver lining that shines through the entire book.



Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shows her star power in the 2013 novel ‘Americanah’. She explores and reveals what life is like for an African who migrated to the U.S. With it, she covers the topic of the race quite extensively, delving as deep as hair texture. 

While Americanah is a tale of individual characters, it is also a sweeping analysis and critique of race and racism in America, England, and Nigeria.


100 Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a novel by Gabriel García Márquez that was first published in 1967. The multigenerational story brings to the foreground sensuality, love, intimacy, and different varieties of privation.  

The author explores time, fate, humor and magic and it is in these concepts that the great playfulness and great power of the novel live.


The Alchemist

The Alchemist is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho that was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller.

Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. 

The novel presents the human quest for knowledge and treasures as well as the world of dream, love, and fate in which they have to want to enter.


Fifty Shades of Grey

British author El James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of grey needs no introduction. The trilogy is bound to help spice things up for you in the bedroom as it explores love, sex and the other side of erotic fetishes.

The trilogy has been adapted into movies that have become box office hits. The 2011 book is presented as a romance novel but the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable.


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