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Better Reading Presents … Australia’s Top 100 for 2017!

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The complete list of Australia’s Top 100 Books as voted by you is now live! As always, it comprises wonderful classics, but what makes our reader recommendations really stand-out – and gives us much joy – is their emphasis on books written by Aussie authors. It demonstrates what we’ve long observed on social media, or overheard in our local bookstore: Australians are huge supporters and readers of home-grown talent and greatly appreciate the quality of local writing.

Your choices reflect this trend, with Markus Zusak’s immortal tale The Book Thief taking the first spot, and recent award-winning thriller writer Jane Harper taking the third spot with The Dry. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s essential classic, takes the second spot.

We always look forward to doing this survey and were excited to check in with readers again in 2017, curious of course as always, to see what’s on your bookshelf. We were over the moon to again be greeted you’re your overwhelming enthusiasm and support, and we loved the rich variety of titles you voted for. Thank you, dear readers!

There are thrillers, historical fiction, classics, new releases, romance, fantasy – the only things that aren’t represented are kids’ books – we have a separate list for that! Head here to check it out.

The usual suspects are all here – George Orwell, Charlotte Bronte, F Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen – but we’re particularly glad to see an immense number of contemporary Australian authors here too. Some notable mentions include Rachael Johns’ The Art of Keeping Secrets at #5, Monica McInerney’s bittersweet Trip of a Lifetime at #14, Di Morrissey’s A Distant Journey at #61, The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham, and many more.

The Top 100 is more than just a list – it’s a go-to for your next read. And with summer holidays around the corner, what better time to visit your local bookstore and stock up on some of Australia’s most-loved books. Say goodbye to wondering what to read next – and say hello to Better Reading’s Top 100 for 2017.

Enjoy!

Click on the book covers to find out more.

 


Comments

  1. Michelle

    Congratulations to all of you.
    But my list is only 99.

    1. Better Reading Post author

      Hi there,

      Sometimes our website does not load all the images – but we assure you there are 100 books! Refreshing the page should solve the problem.

      Thanks,
      Better Reading

  2. Annette

    …but there’s only 99 covers…or can I not count on Fridays?

    1. Better Reading Post author

      Hi there,

      Sometimes our website does not load all the images – but we assure you there are 100 books! Refreshing the page should solve the problem.

      Thanks,
      Better Reading

  3. Sally Eaton

    As a way of checking against titles in your library this would be great to have as a list of titles in a word format rather than all the graphics.
    Can this be provided ?

    thanks

    1. Better Reading Post author

      Yes, it will be up later this week!

  4. Megan van Geest

    Hi there, we just viewed these (Mandurah Libraries) and were very excited.

    then we discovered the cover pictured above are just 99.

    What’s the mystery book?

    1. Better Reading Post author

      Hi there,

      Sometimes our website does not load all the images – but we assure you there are 100 books! Refreshing the page should solve the problem.

      Thanks,
      Better Reading

  5. Sue

    Are you going to put out a PDF of the list as you have in the past?

    1. Better Reading Post author

      Yes, it will be up later this week!

  6. Peter

    Didn’t like “The Book Thief”. Where is Patrick White? Glad to see Richard Flanagan, Tim Winton. And, of course, Harper Lee and Joseph Heller. Where is Kazuo Ishiguro?

    1. Peter

      Where is Shirley Hazzard? Thea Astley? Ruth Park?
      George Johnston?
      T.G Hungerford? Tom Kenneally? Anundhati Roy? Joseph Conrad? John Steinbeck? Graham Greene? George Eliot?

  7. Louise

    Hello, what is the final book on the list? Like others I can only see 99 books despite refreshing, would love to know the last book. Cheers

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