Dymocks Top 101 list for 2018

I’ve worked for Dymocks for many years now, and it’s a highlight every year when the annual top 101 list is released. Dymocks asks its beloved Booklover members what their favourite books are – any book from any genre and any time! – and compiles them into a list of 101. Every year it’s a topic of conversation, from what missed out through to what we love seeing earning a spot on the list.

 

So I thought that I’d make a feature of the 2018 list on the blog! I was very pleased with the list this time around, and many of the books occupy space on my shelves.

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I’ll be running down the list, stating whether or not I own the book, whether I’ve read the book (as all book addicts know, these can be two very different things!) and whether or not I want to read the book if I haven’t yet, as well as some general comments about the books. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the list!

 

  1. The Harry Potter series – J.K Rowling. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. What booklover doesn’t have some kind of connection to the Harry Potter series? It was the backbone of my childhood, and I, of course, love it to pieces.
  2. All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. A beautiful, heartbreaking book that well deserves to be ranked so highly.
  3. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Liane Moriarty is basically my queen. She’s fantastic and I love everything she’s written.
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I stretched to include this as an “I must read this for my thesis” read back in 2014. Absolutely incredible book.
  5. The Dry – Jane Harper. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I was lucky enough to score a proof of this and read it before it hit the shelves. It was easily one of the top books I read that year.
  6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. I’m a rare person who did not love this book. Read a bit more on my controversial opinion here on the blog.
  7. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Only one of my absolute favourite books EVER.
  8. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. Borrowed it from my mum and it stole my heart.
  9. Burial Rites – Hannah Kent. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. Another borrow from my mum and it didn’t captivate me as much as I was assured it would.
  10. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. Token “I studied it at school” read that I should really re-read one of these days to fully appreciate it.
  11. It – Stephen King. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Too scared.
  12. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Fantastic, scary book.
  13. Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. One of the most outstanding opening chapters I’ve ever read and it only gets better from there.
  14. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Another proof I managed to score and an absolutely heart-pounding read.
  15. Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly. Own it? No. Read it? No. Sad I missed out on the movie and I’m sure I’d enjoy reading it too.
  16. The Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Stay tuned on this one.
  17. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkein. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Saga that it was.
  18. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson. Own it? No. Read it? No. I think I’m the only one in the world that’s just not interested in this one. Like anyone gives a f*ck.
  19. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. A surprisingly hilarious read.
  20. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Loved it – the hype is real.
  21. A Court of Thorns of Roses series – Sarah J. Maas. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’ll see how I go with Throne of Glass first to determine whether or not I want to read this!
  22. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Absolutely yes!
  23. The Martian – Andy Weir. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. I really liked the movie so I’ll definitely read the book as well!
  24. Me Before You series – Jojo Moyes. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Loved it! Read more about why here.
  25. The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion. Own it? No. Read it? No. Sacrilege! One of these days, I swear!
  26. The Good People – Hannah Kent. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’ll pass on this one, sorry.
  27. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. Over-rated.
  28. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Gosh this book was incredible – I can’t even put it into words, truly.
  29. The Mortal Instruments series – Cassandra Clare. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested in this one – I think it’s passed me by and I’m too old now anyway!
  30. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. In spite of being a fiction book, this was one of the most real books I read last year.
  31. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not a John Green fan.
  32. Reckoning – Magda Szubanski. Own it? No. Read it? No. Apparently an amazing book, but I rarely delve into memoirs.
  33. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Fell a bit flat for me.
  34. The Kingkiller Chronicle – Patrick Rothfuss. Own it? No. Read it? No. Fantasy’s not a huge deal for me, but maybe in June one year!
  35. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested in this one, really, either.
  36. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. I swear, I will read it soon. I’m just still recovering from LOTR…3 years later.
  37. The Six of Crows series – Leigh Bardugo. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not terribly interested in this one either, in spite of hearing nothing but praise for it.
  38. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Loved it. Such an adorable book.
  39. Call Me By Your Name – Andre Aciman. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Beautifully written.
  40. Magician – Raymond E. Feist. Own it? No. Read it? No. Far too fat of a book for me to invest any of my precious reading time, sorry.
  41. Every Lie I’ve Ever Told – Rosie Waterland. Own it? No. Read it? No. Again, memoirs not really my deal and I’m not familiar enough with Rosie Waterland to pick it up.
  42. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. Own it? No. Read it? Yes. A lovely, charming and beautiful book from mum’s library (who’s raking in the mentions on this list!)
  43. Breath – Tim Winton. Own it? Yes. Read it? As of May 2018, currently reading!
  44. A Song of Ice and Fire series – George R.R. Martin. Own it? No. Read it? No. Come on, this is way too much of a commitment! Plus, I basically know everyone’s going to die.
  45. Wonder – R. J. Palacio. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Super cute.
  46. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Such an original and provocative book, I really enjoyed it.
  47. The Happiest Refugee – Anh Do. Own it? No. Read it? No. I can always borrow it from mum’s library should I ever feel the desire to read this one.
  48. The Help – Kathryn Stockett. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Soon, I swear! *sweats*
  49. Lion – Saroo Brierley. Own it? No. Read it? No. Seen the movie – that was enough.
  50. The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’m not Instacool enough to read these kinds of books.
  51. Cloudstreet – Tim Winton. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’m yet to be converted into being a Winton fan, but I should really read this very famous book.
  52. Force of Nature – Jane Harper. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I gobbled this one up as soon as I humanly could!
  53. The Illuminae Files series – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Loved this series – read more about it here. Since I wrote this blog, Obsidio has been released and tied up the series beautifully.
  54. Animal Farm – George Orwell. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. A short book that packs a hell of a punch.
  55. Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf. Own it? No. Read it? No. Heard it’s beautiful though.
  56. Origin – Dan Brown. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Sorry book snobs – I am a Dan Brown fan.
  57. La Belle Sauvage – Philip Pullman. Own it? No. Read it? No. And probably won’t. Wasn’t a huge fan of His Dark Materials.
  58. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I liked it without loving it.
  59. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I wasn’t totally blown away by it.
  60. The Red Queen series – Victoria Aveyard. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not terribly interested.
  61. Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not enough of a fan.
  62. The Medoran Chronicles – Lynette Noni. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not young enough!
  63. The Dalai Lama’s Cat – David Michie. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested.
  64. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Was recommended to me recently so I will read it very soon, I swear! *continues to sweat*
  65. Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie. Own it? No. Read it? No. I should really read Agatha Christie one of these days!
  66. The Cormoran Strike series – Robert Gailbraith. Own it? No. Read it? No. I am genuinely interested, but there are only so many hours in the day and only so many books I can read!
  67. The Divergent series – Veronica Roth. Own it? No. Read it? No. As above.
  68. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Adored it and flew through it. She’s such a compelling character!
  69. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. And I didn’t love it.
  70. The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb. Own it? No. Read it? No. No, thank you.
  71. Victoria – Julia Baird. Own it? No. Read it? No. It’s far too large.
  72. All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. And I didn’t love it, either!
  73. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. A mature young adult book that I did really enjoy.
  74. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not that sort of person!
  75. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman. Own it? No. Read it? No. As much as I really loved American Gods, this one of his I’m not so interested in reading.
  76. Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’m sorry! Perhaps one of these days I’ll redeem this sacrilege as well!
  77. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante. Own it? No. Read it? No. As above.
  78. Saga Land – Richard Fidler & Karl Gislason. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested.
  79. The Secrets She Keeps – Michael Robotham. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’ve heard that this is a juicy thriller from a very highly acclaimed writer, so I feel as though I would enjoy it.
  80. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline. Own it? No. Read it? No. Perhaps one day, though!
  81. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. 100% worth the investment of a month’s worth of reading on this book. I loved it.
  82. The Dressmaker – Rosalie Ham. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I have a tattered copy covered in my notes from when I studied it and adored it.
  83. The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Not yet. *covers in sweat*
  84. Mythos – Stephen Fry. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested.
  85. The Force – Don Winslow. Own it? No. Read it? No. Similar to #79, I do feel as though this would be the sort of book I would enjoy!
  86. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur. Own it? No. Read it? No. See #50.
  87. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Queen Liane, again. How is this book so low down?
  88. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts. Own it? No. Read it? No. Far too large.
  89. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer. Own it? No. Read it? No. I’m intrigued, but probably not enough to invest time in reading them.
  90. Hangman – Jack Heath. Own it? No. Read it? No. Another one I might very well enjoy.
  91. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Loved this book. Good clean fun with many lessons to learn along the way.
  92. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers. Own it? No. Read it? No. Probably just not interested enough to read this one, though it might be enjoyable enough.
  93. Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Of course I have. I read it prior to its release and then was sad I didn’t have any more Liane Moriarty left to read. I’m still sad about that, actually…
  94. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. I adored this book. Wonderfully written and slow burning (pun intended!) but in the least negative way possible.
  95. The Four Legendary Kingdoms – Matthew Reilly. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested.
  96. The Break – Marian Keyes. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. *am sweat*
  97. The Stormlight Archive series – Brandon Sanderson. Own it? No. Read it? No. Not interested enough.
  98. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli & Francesa Cavallo. Own it? Yes. Read it? No. Saving it for a night where I can’t sleep!
  99. Tin Man – Sarah Winman. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. See why I loved it and Call Me By Your Name here!
  100. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt. Own it? Yes. Read it? Yes. Was a bit underwhelmed by this one, I’m sorry to say!
  101. The Trip of a Lifetime – Monica McInerney. Own it? No. Read it? No. Sadly not that interested.

 

So there you have it! Feel free to let me know your total, and/or to fight me on my comments. I’m only joking about that last suggestion…kind of. Happy reading, everybody!

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