Dymocks 101 For 2010

I knicked this idea from Obsidiantears at Book Bites who knicked it from someone else! Don’t you love knicking people’s blog posts? It spreads the love…

Anyway, this is Dymocks Best Books of 2010 for Australia. I was planning on doing this with the Angus and Robertson’s one first because I’m an A & R girl, but this one came into my sights first. I’ve added notes for ones I’ve read and linked to any I have reviewed. I’ve also listed if they’re attempted to read, on my to read list (not owned), or on my to read shelf (owned).

  1. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer – I’ve read all four and now I’m sort of embarrassed about it given that enough time has passed. I enjoyed them, but I see them for what they are or at least that’s how I interpret them.
  2. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Read them all and loved the series, especially 3, 5, 6, & 7.
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I’ve read P&P and Zombies…. I won’t ever read Austen. It goes against my instincts.
  4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – I love this book…. Here’s my review.
  5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – Read it at a very pivotal point in my life when I was 19. My copy of that book has been permanently marked because of that incident. Loved it, but it did take me some time to really get into it.
  6. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – On my to read list. I’ve read another one of his books and he used to live near me so I feel I have to read that one too.
  7. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee – Read it during my teens. Fantastic read and really impacting. Also watched the movie afterwards, but as usual the book was better.
  8. The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson – The first book is currently on my to read shelf.
  9. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – Not my type of genre.
  10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – On my to read list.
  11. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I have it on my shelf and have tried to read it, but got side tracked. I plan on trying again one day because what I did read wasn’t too bad.
  13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Don’t really have an interest and can’t really figure out what’s so good about it.
  14. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – This is a maybe, but most probably not book for me.
  15. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Read it and was pleasantly surprised by it.
  16. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  17. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – No way. Too long and too girly.
  18. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I’m one of those people who actually enjoyed it. A lot. Might be because I’m an atheist and find anything that tells certain religious stories from a different perspective highly entertaining.
  19. Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
  20. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Loved it and not embarrassed by that fact.
  21. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin – Not brilliant, but still inspirational.
  22. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  23. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – First had a teacher read it aloud to my class when I was in primary school and the imagery stayed with me for years later till I got to read it all the way through myself. I love that book. I even played the game to pieces.
  24. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown – Yes, I enjoyed that one too.
  25. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – On my to read list.
  26. Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon – Been told to read it, but no thank you.
  27. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  28. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas – Plan on reading it after I read Dead Europe. I really enjoy that writer and his style.
  29. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – One of my favourite books.
  30. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Read this one years ago and really enjoyed  it.
  31. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – On my to read list.
  32. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – One of the few school related reads that I really got into.
  33. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
  34. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – On my maybe to read list.
  35. The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini – Loved them and can’t wait for the last instalment.
  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 – Been told to read it, but I don’t know if I will yet.
  39. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Great book except it did bug me with how much it reminded me of Battle Royale.
  40. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – On my to read list.
  41. Ice Station by Matthew Reilly – Not my usual genre, but I read it and enjoyed it. The amount he used the word snapped got on my nerves though.
  42. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – I have major writer’s respect for Bryce Courtney, but I’m not interested in anything he has written.
  43. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  44. Tully by Paullina Simons
  45. Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly – I have an unread copy on my shelf, but don’t know if I will ever read it.
  46. Breath by Tim Winton
  47. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – Loved it. The similarities between this one and another well known series was noticeable to me, but I still think it was a great read and look forward to both the graphic novel and the extension of the series.
  48. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Read it and loved it.
  49. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  50. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Not bad, not brilliant, but not bad
  51. Emma by Jane Austen
  52. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – On my to read list.
  53. The Bible – I actually attempted to read this years ago as a spur of the moment thing and out of curiosity, but after four tries to read the first page I closed the cover, put it down, and carried on with what I was doing.
  54. Six Sacred Stones by Matthew Reilly – Same as Seven Ancient Wonders.
  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 – I own a copy which I attempted to read and then got over it. It annoyed the crap out of me.
  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 – On my to read shelf.
  64. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – The Vampire Chronicles is one of my favourite series, but Interview never really did it for me. Good thing I started with Lestat which I think helped me get through Interview later on when Louis had grown on me.
  65. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky – On my to read shelf. I also just love saying his name all the time (I love Russian).
  66. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris – I read the first one which was enjoyable enough, but I had some major issues. Such as not being well written and what I consider to be trashy and very unrealistic (you can have trashy and realistic).
  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 Follet
  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 – On my to read list.
  81. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – On my to read list.
  82. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
  83. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Boring…
  84. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  85. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – I love this book. I read it so fast it wasn’t funny.
  86. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  87. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – It’s readable, but it’s not awesome. I actually prefer watching the first movie over the whole series and the last time I watched the movie I fell asleep after 5 minutes.
  88. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  89. Possession by AS Byatt
  90. Finnikin of The Rock by Melina Marchetta – On my to read shelf.
  91. No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  92. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – On my to read shelf.
  93. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – On my to read list.
  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 – On my to read list.
  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 – On my to read shelf.

All together thats;

  • 25 Read
  • 13 On my reading list
  • 6 On my reading shelf
  • 3 Attempted, but never finished

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