We know our readers love the annual release of the Top 100, but we here in the Better Reading office also get excited. The release of the Top 100 is one of our favourite times of the year. We love pouring over the list, picking out our favourites, and counting how many books we’ve read.
Here, each of the Better Reading team members shares their all-time favourite books from the 2021 Top 100 list. Have you read any of these books? And don’t forget to read the full Top 100 list here…
Cheryl – Director
Asking me to choose a favourite book from the Top 100 is like asking me to choose a favourite person in my life – an impossible task. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee came in at number #2 on the list, and is my all-time favourite book, so that’s wonderful. Another standout for me is Honeybee by Craig Silvey. It was one of my favourite reads of 2020.
Jane – Head of Marketing
So hard to choose a favourite. I adore The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. It’s a brilliant novel –Holly pours the very essence of herself into every page. I’m also a big fan of Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. Plus The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. I could keep going… So many of my favourites made the list.
Jasmine – Marketing Coordinator
This is actually an easy one for me. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my all-time favourite novels. It’s a stunning, provocative read that’s still incredibly relevant today even though it was written over 30 years ago. I’m also a huge fan of the classics, and have read and re-read the works of Austen and the Brontë sisters a hundred times, so I’m thrilled to see Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre on the list.
Natalie – Marketing Children’s Books
Is it ever easy to pick a favourite book? 1984 by George Orwell will forever be a standout for me – it’s layered and ingenious. And can one ever go wrong with J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings? That trilogy shaped me in many ways. Those titles are timeless choices, but The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland was my favourite read to kickstart the new year.
Rose – Marketing Coordinator
I loved reading Tara June Winch’s The Yield earlier this year. I think this is such an important, beautiful read that teaches Australians all about Wiradjuri culture and language. Another favourite is All the Light We Cannot See. I have loved historical fiction from a young age, and Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book has to be one of the best WWII novels I’ve ever read.
Dexx – Marketing Assistant
I was so glad when I saw The Night Circus on the 2021 Top 100. It’s an absolute favourite of mine, and it’s always the book I recommend to people who don’t read much. The Bluffs is a more recent read but has turned into one of my all-time favourite crime novels. Kyle Perry has blown me away with his writing, and I can’t wait for the release of his second book, The Deep, in July this year.