Announcing 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 treated by 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.