Dymocks 2010 Booklovers List

I’m a fan of a more boutique bookshop over the chain store. This is actually my fave bookstore in town and I walk past it on my way too and from work….do you know how much restraint it takes me not to go in every single time I walk past. They have gorgeous window displays and I often nearly crash into people on the footpath as I gaze longingly at the beauties in the window as I’m meandering past.

Having said that I’m no stranger to chain bookstores and as far as the chain bookstore goes I actually really like Dymocks. They’ve somehow still managed to retain a lovely more boutique-y feel and it smells like paper in there – never a bad thing!

Anyway (gosh I ramble don’t I?!), today Dymocks have published their 2010 Booklovers List, as voted by readers. I think these lists are always interesting. So, here’s the list:

1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
7. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
8. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
9. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
11. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
14. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
15. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
16. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
17. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
18. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
19. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
20. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
21. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
22. Atonement by Ian McEwan
23. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
24. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
25. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
26. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
27. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
28. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
29. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
30. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
31. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
32. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
33. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
34. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
35. The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
36. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
37. Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
38. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
39. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
40. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
41. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
42. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
43. Persuasion by Jane Austen
44. Tully by Paullina Simons
45. Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly
46. Breath by Tim Winton
47. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
49. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
50. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
51. Emma by Jane Austen
52. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
53. The Bible
54. Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly
55. A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey
56. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
57. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
58. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
59. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
60. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
61. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
62. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
63. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
64. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
65. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
66. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
67. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
68. Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly
69. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
70. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
71. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
72. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
73. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
74. Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
75. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
76. Dewey by Vicki Myron
77. Dirt Music by Tim Winton
78. Marley and Me by John Grogan
79. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
80. Dune by Frank Herbert
81. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
82. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
83. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
84. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
85. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
86. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
87. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
88. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
89. Possession by AS Byatt
90. Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta
91. No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
92. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
93. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
94 .The Secret History by Donna Tartt
95. Silent Country by Di Morrissey
96. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
97. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
98. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
99. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
100. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
101. Gallipoli by Les Carlyon

Now I’ve oft said that I’m a bit of a book snob but I do love all kinds of books and I love a list cos it gets me thinking about what I love, hate and think is kind of meh. This list is a good one cos it’s got some great “literary” fiction but also some popular stuff so is clearly a representation of what people generally like.

The list actually contains a number of my all time favourites:

The Poisonwood Bible
The Time Traveller’s Wife
Pride & Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Road (gracious me I’m glad I read that before I had the Bebito)
The Shadow of the Wind
The Life of Pi
The Book Thief (for a review of this head over to Mrs. P’s blog – she loved it as much as I did!)
The Harry Potter series (I SO wish I wrote those books cos I know I have it in me!)
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Fine Balance
The Secret History
Anna Karenina (oh, the tragedy!)

It’s also got some I absolutely loathed – the Twilight saga for one, and I refuse to touch the Da Vinci code or any Dan Brown – I just can’t bring myself to do it given the ridiculous amount of hype (yes I know I’m a hypocrite about this cos HP had even more hype associated with it!) a

I’ve also read some on the list that I felt very ho hum about like Pillars of the Earth and Memoirs of a Geisha and I’ve read pretty much every Bryce Courteney book but never adored any of them. I’m also really meh about Jodi Piccoult and I’ve tried reading Matthew Reilly but it’s just not my cup of tea.

It’s missing the Siri Hustvedt/Margaret Atwood/Haruki Murakami loves I have but that’s my taste and I know not what everyone else loves.

It’s got some I’m keen to add to the To Be Read list too.

What do you think of the list? Does it have some of your faves and some you loathe too? Is your absolute favourite missing?

7 thoughts on “Dymocks 2010 Booklovers List

  1. Avid Reader

    I've read 60 of the 100 books. There's some great ones on that list (some not great ones too.) I've added Cloudstreet to my TBR list. It's the only one in your list I haven't read and it looks really good.

  2. melissa

    I have read exactly half. I've usually read more of the books on these top 100 type lists so it's good to find a list that gives me some ideas (although I have no interest in the vampire type books!).There are a few on your list that I am adding to my 'to read' pile. I haven't done much reading in the last few years (gosh – what have I been spending my time on?).

  3. Cat

    Hi Avid Reader. I've read a similar number myself and can wholeheartedly recommend, "Cloudstreet". For me it's a modern version of Ruth Park's, "Harp in the South". Such a beautiful story of family. I wold love to hear your thoughts when you get to it.Melissa, I know exactly what you mean. I used to get through 2 books a month on average and now it's more like 1 book every 2 months. Something or other is keeping us busy he hee. 🙂 I'd love to know which on the list were faves of yours. I'm loving that we have so much in common too! :)xo

  4. melissa

    I love Cloudstreet, That was a great read.I agree with you on Memoirs of A Geisha and Jodi Picoult. I loved and have re-read these ones:3. Pride and Prejudice 4. The Time Traveler's Wife 5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte16. Magician by Raymond E. Feist (my copy has split in two!)19. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton33. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody43. Persuasion by Jane Austen48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel51. Emma by Jane Austen59. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy79. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy85. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (have you seen the movie?)29. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George OrwellThis wasn't a bad read:11. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina SimonsWhat's your favourite Margaret Atwood book? I tried to convince my year 12 English teacher we should study The Handmaid's Tale… but to no avail.

  5. Keshia

    The God of Small things would have to be one of my favourite reads in the last couple of years… I actually had never heard of it and picked it up in a pile of books that I bought at a garage sale… I loved it so much I think I read it in one 4 hour sitting.I to am a Harry Potter fan… which like you is a bit strange for me as I am not much for reading commercially hyped up books… but with these I can't wait for my little one to be old enough for me to read them to.Oh and don't get me started on the Twilight series, what a waste of printed resources, although I do admit to reading them, to see if the hype was even worth it… it isn't.I have read 72 and a half of the books… the half is the Da Vinci Code which I couldn't even finish. I have the Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas sitting on my side table ready to be read… mind you it has been sitting there for a few months I just need to find to time and energy to start it…

  6. Cat

    Melissa, just realised I didn't reply about my fave Margaret Atwood, "Alias Grace" and "The Blind Assassin" are prob my faves although I do love, "The Handmaid's Tale".There are some on your list I haven't read and now really want to, especially the Isobel Carmody and The Magician. I haven't seen the movie of The Road. I cried enough reading the book (read it when I was pregnant) and I just don't know I could go there again. It's SO heartwrenching although I do think there's hope in it too. Gotta be in a strong frame of mind for it. Have you seen it? I haven't seen the movie of The Time Traveller's Wife either but would really like to. Somehow I don't see as many movies these days either! :)Keshia, that's amazing you've read so many! Good luck finding the energy for more reading with all that you have going on! :)Kirst, I'm so glad I got you on to it. I'm just sorry I never saw the production of it when it was on years ago.


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