Better Reading Presents… Australia’s Top 100 for 2016

Better Reading Presents… Australia’s Top 100 for 2016

fb-metaLast year Better Reading launched our first Top 100 list, asking Australians from all walks of life, from all around the country, to tell us their favourite book. Thousands voted, and for 2015 Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One took the crown.

We were very excited to check back in with Australian readers for 2016. Yet again, we were overwhelmed with enthusiasm and support, and enjoyed seeing the wide variety of books Australians are loving this year. 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.

While there are a lot of familiar books in the Top 100, there’s also plenty of surprises. Many books debuted high on the list this year, including Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See at #4, Hanya Yanighara’s controversial bestseller A Little Life at #14, Liane Moriarty’s newest hit Truly Madly Guilty at #21, and many, many more. Australia has even chosen a different book as their Number 1!

Yet again, Australian authors are strongly represented, with writers like Tim Winton, Bryce Courtenay, Rachael Johns and Geraldine Brooks each getting multiple titles on the list. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page, as we’ll be checking in with some authors in the coming months to see what being chosen in the Top 100 means to them.

The Top 100 is more than just a list – it’s a go-to for your next read. Each book has been voted for by an Australian booklover, and comes well-read and well-loved. Say goodbye to wondering what to read next – and say hello to Better Reading’s Top 100 for 2016.

Click on the covers below to learn more about the books you voted for, Australia!

Download a Quick Reference Guide here!

Head to our Facebook page to tell us what you think of the list – did your favourite make it? How many have you read? We’d love to hear from you!

Did you enter our competition? The winners are here.


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  1. Clive Gilbertson says:

    Well that is interesting! Not a single ‘Non-Fiction’ book in the list at all. I see a credibility gap here 🙁

  2. Barbara Clapperton says:

    Nice to see Liane Moriarty with 4 books in this list.

  3. Christine Smith says:

    So glad to see some of my favourite books, and authors on the list. The Alchemist is a must read. Love Lianne Mortuary, Kate Morton, Jodi Luckily, Mitch Album to name but a few.

  4. Mark says:

    Not a single Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams book

  5. Sonya says:

    Pleased to have read quite a few of these.
    Two faves include the Little Paris Bookshop and the Guernsey one.
    Cannot wait go read Liane Moriarty, I seem to have missed her!
    My all time fave is Minica McInerney!

  6. Tracy Bartlett says:

    I’ve only read 28. A few on there I might give a go though.

  7. Christine says:

    Is ‘A fortunate Life’ not a work of non-fiction ?
    Pleased to have read 13 on the list and look forward to increasing that number

  8. Morilyn Carter says:

    Very eclectic selection :have read many of them. Some are not outstanding sadly. Delighted to see some excellent fantasy included & I do not consider Tolkien in that group!

  9. Laura says:

    Read only16 out of 100, better hurry !!!

  10. Chris says:

    A lot of Mills and Boon bodice rippers and weird crime fiction. Odd and not very substantial list. Where is Helen Garner? I’m worried about our literary tastes.

  11. Jarrod says:

    Just finished reading John Irving’s “Avenue of Mysteries”. In it he says, “The day women stop reading – that’s the day the novel dies!”

    The above list would seem to prove that….

  12. Sandy Scott says:

    Where is our Anna Jacobs in this list.?……I have several of her stories and find them riveting. Maybe next year?

  13. Judy says:

    For those of you who didn’t see authors that you felt deserved to be here, did you vote? I think this list says more about the types of people who vote than anything else. Whilst I have read 40 of these books there are many books that I would rate higher than those but I didn’t vote. It’s interesting to see what people out there like at the moment.

  14. Donna says:

    Not bad…have read 44 of the top 100!!

  15. Not bad, Shantaram easily my fave, read 29 of the list.

  16. Deb says:

    When does the 2017 list come out?

  17. Amy says:

    There are no Aboriginal authors, and very few non-white authors on this list. I’m wondering why the oversight given there are many incredible Aboriginal and POC authors – Melissa Lucashenko, Alexis Wright, Tony Birch, Ellen Van Neervan, Anita Heiss, Larissa Behrendt, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Maxine Beneba Clarke… to name only a few off the top of my head.

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