Angus and Robertson Annual Top 100 - how many have you read?

The annual Angus and Robertson Top 100 is a list of the top 100 books as voted by Australian readers. The top 100 was recently announced and there are some surprising winners.

I have included the list below for people to have a look at. The books that I have read are in bold. How many have you read?

1 The Twilight Saga Stephenie Meyer

2 Harry Potter 1-7 J.K. Rowling

3 The Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson

4 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

5 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

6 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

7 My Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult

8 Sookie Stackhouse Charlaine Harris

9 The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger

10 The Book Thief Markus Zusak

11 Lunch in Paris Elizabeth Bard

12 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini

13 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

14 61 Hours Lee Child

15 Dragon Haven Robin Hobb

16 Vampire Academy Richelle Mead

17 The Silent Sea Clive Cussler

18 Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin

19 The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

20 Tuscan Rose Belinda Alexandra

21 The Power of One Bryce Courtenay

22 The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

23 The Pacific Hugh Ambrose

24 Ransom David Malouf

25 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

26 Dear John Nicholas Sparks

27 Magician Raymond E. Feist

28 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

29 House Rules Jodi Picoult

30 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

31 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini

32 Marley & Me John Grogan

33 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls Jane Austen & Steve

34 Breath Tim Winton

35 The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simons

36 Cloudstreet Tim Winton

37 The People's Train Thomas Keneally

38 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

39 Truth Peter Temple

40 Little Women Louisa May Alcott

41 Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert

42 The Host Stephenie Meyer

43 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

44 The Book of Emmett Deborah Forster

45 Ice Station Matthew Reilly

46 The Road Cormac Macarthy

47 The Memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards

48 Persuasion Jane Austen

49 Jessica Bryce Courtenay

50 Atonement Ian McEwan

51 Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom

52 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet

53 The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo

54 April Fool's Day Bryce Courtenay

55 Life of Pi Yann Martel

56 Angels & Demons Dan Brown

57 The Pact Jodi Picoult

58 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom

59 Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey

60 Always Looking Up Michael J. Fox

61 Seven Ancient Wonders Matthew Reilly

62 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

63 Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult

64 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows

65 The Lost Symbol Dan Brown

66 Solar Ian McEwan

67 Fallen Lauren Kate

68 The Historian Elizabeth Kostova

69 P.S. I Love You Cecila Ahern

70 The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis

71 Obernewtyn Isobelle Carmody

72 A Fortunate Life A.B. Facey

73 Handle with Care Jodi Picoult

74 Cross Stitch Diana Gabaldon

75 Dirt Music Tim Winton

76 It Stephen King

77 Hourglass Claudia Gray

78 Tully Paullina Simons

79 The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley

80 Shantaram: A Novel Gregory David Roberts

81 The Princess Bride William Goldman

82 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

83 Requiem for a Species Clive Hamilton

84 The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory

85 Break No Bones Kathy Reichs

86 Animal Farm George Orwell

87 The Six Sacred Stones Matthew Reilly

88 The Five Greatest Warriors Matthew Reilly

89 Maralinga Judy Nunn

90 Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

91 One for the Money Janet Evanovich

92 Worst Case James Patterson

93 Once in a Lifetime Cathy Kelly

94 The Stand Stephen King

95 Anybody Out There Marian Keyes

96 The Secret Rhonda Byrne

97 Temple Matthew Reilly

98 All That Remains Patricia Cornwall

99 The Slap Christos Tsolkias

100 Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice

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I am quite surprised by the Twilight series coming first, but I suppose that it is the "in thing" at the moment. It's funny that the top 3 are all series, and 2 of those 3 are young adult.
There are some on the list that I would really love to read, like The Slap by Christos Tsolkias, and there are others that I am surprised about, like the volume of Matthew Reilly books on the list. 
How many have you read? What do you think of the list?


  1. I've read 24, not counting all the installments in the series mentioned. A couple of these surprised me, eg Solar by Ian McEwan, usually books on the AR list have been out for a longer time than that one.

  2. The one that surprised me most was the mashup Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I was also surprised by The Tuscan Rose. I like Belinda Alexandra's books a lot, but that book has only been out a couple of months, and I haven't seen any reviews of it. I own it, but haven't read it.

  3. I've only read 15 out of the list. Like you the one that really surprised me was Twilight. And there's quite a few I haven't even heard of.

  4. I've only read 17 - not including the two or three books of the Harry Potter series - but several are on my to-read list. It is a diverse list.

    If you liked The Kite Runner, I highly recommend A Thousand Splendid Suns. Also Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is absolutely delightful.

  5. Thanks for the list. I have read 28; There are 7 books on the list I will probably not read, so wow, another 65 books going on the TBR list!!

    Pillars of the Earth is a really good but long book.

    Anybody know if 'the Historian' is worth reading, since it is also quite hefty?

  6. I have read 25 - now I have a new list to choose from when I need a new book to read.

  7. I'm not to impressed with this list. Some of the books and authors seem questionable IMO...LOL

    I read 29.

  8. BookQuoter,
    If you like the whole vampire genre, The Historian would be worth your while.
    I didn't care for it, but I'm not into vampires and I was expecting more from it.

  9. I have read some of these, but a whole lot more of them are sitting on my TBR shelf waiting to be read!

  10. I have only read 6 but have 6 I want to read. I am starting To Kill a Mockingbird this week to celebrate 50 years.

  11. I'm so honored to be on this list. My trip to Australia in Feb. to promote the book was a blast. So many enthusiastic readers bitten by the travel bug. Can't wait to visit again!

  12. I have read 35 on the list which isn't bad.

    Books like Solar and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are definitely others on the list that are strange additions.

    Bookquoter - I haven't I am sorry but I hope that you enjoy it if you decide to read it.

    Suzanne - thanks for the tip. I have had A Thousand Splendid Suns on my wish list for a long time, and I have the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society sitting on my shelf.

    Elizabeth - thanks so much for dropping by Page Turners. I have yet to read your book but it has been on my wish list for awhile after reading so many wonderful reviews!

  13. I've read Lunch in Paris and enjoyed it so I'm not surprised it made the list. :)

  14. i've read 51 - quite impressed with myself just now! a few are on my shelf waiting to be read, and some i know i'll never ever get to, i'm just not interested. its interesting to watch these lists come out and how they've changed over time. some of the ones that are consistently on there makes me think its time i read them - like magician.

  15. I think I read 41 out of 100. What a diverse list of books!!!

  16. Hi Becky,
    It's really great to see this list posted up in the literary blog world... I'm the marketing coordinator for Angus & Robertson, so I'm one of the people responsible for getting this list up and running this year around. It was great working on it, and it's also really fantastic to see so many other people commenting on it because of blogs like yours. The whole idea behind the list is to be able to provide some excellent recommendations, for everyone and by everyone.

    If you're not a youtube surfer, check out this link ( - it's the official countdown video of the Top 100 that we put together, and I think it kind of brings the list a bit of life!

    Just in remark to some of the comments about books that haven't been out for very long making the list - we were also very surprised at some of them - but, the good part about this list is that it's voted for by the public - the publishers and the booksellers don't influence it. So, I guess all you can say about it is that those books must be really really good reads!

    I've read 25 books on this list, so have quite a few more to go, but I think my favourite on the list is The Book Thief!


  17. Thanks for taking the time to post a comment Prue. I think my favourite is also The Book Thief, but it would probably depend on my mood when you asked me. You can't go past the Harry Potter books either.

    I will make sure that I check out the you tube link you shared.

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