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Thoughts on the Dymocks Top 101 Books List

So this week we were greeted with the 2018 edition of Dymocks’ Top 101 Books list. I have been following this list for the past few years. I thought I’d go over some of my thoughts regarding this years list.


Harry Potter takes 1st place. The Book Thief jumps down significantly.

In most cases, I wouldn’t at all be shocked by Harry Potter taking the gold on a list of the greatest books of all time. However, what shocked me was that The Book Thief, which was in 1st place 2014-2016 and 2nd place 2017 has jumped down to 6th place. The Harry Potter series, though, has leapt into 1st place from 4th place in 2017. It is definitely maintaining its reputation as a modern classic.


The Handmaid’s Tale makes an appearance.

The Handmaid’s Tale is seated in 4th place and I definitely expected it to appear on this list. With the release of the TV series in April of last year, Margaret Atwood’s novel has caused quite the stir amongst booklovers.


More book-to-movie adaptations pop up throughout the list.

It, Hidden Figures, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Girl on the Train, etc. We are seeing heaps of books being adapted in visual media and, whilst many have mixed feelings about these adaptations, it is definitely doing the books and their authors a service.


Classics are still holding their ground.

The list features classics such as Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre and heaps more. This goes to show that the Australian public still sees the value in these famous novels.


That’s all I have to say for now. What’s your favourite book on the Dymocks Top 101 list? Is there a book you think should have made the list? Have a good long weekend and I’ll see you whenever.

1 comment


I remember reading the Dymocks lists years ago and being extremely disappointed each time to find basically the exact same books there every single time. But looking at the list now, we have a lot more YA novels featured which makes me extremely proud! While it's nice to see some classics re-appearing on the lists, I personally love seeing how the media throughout the year has affected certain books being more popular, particularly among the book-blogging circuits!

4th Apr, 18