Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Whitcoulls Top 100 List

CW blogged about Angus & Robertson's top 100 list, I thought I'd do Whitcoulls...
The ones in bold I have read.

  1. Lord of the rings / JRR Tolkien
  2. My sister's keeper / Jodi Picoult
  3. Pride and prejudice / Jane Austen (a favourite)
  4. Cross stitch / Diana Gabaldon
  5. Harry Potter & the dealthy hallows / JK Rowling
  6. The bronze horseman / Paullina Simons
  7. The Da Vinci code / Dan Brown
  8. The power of one / Bryce Courtenay
  9. The pillars of the earth / Ken Follet
  10. The other Boleyn girl / Phillipa Gregory
  11. The lovely bones: a novel / Alice Sebold
  12. To kill a mocking bird / Harper Lee (ages ago, should read it again)
  13. The kite runner / Khaled Hosseini
  14. The time traveler's wife / Audrey Niffenegger
  15. Holy Bible (try to read something everyday)
  16. The hobbit / J R R Tolkien
  17. Magician / Raymond Feist
  18. The clan of the cave bear / Jean M Auel
  19. Nineteen minutes / Jodi Piccoult
  20. Gone with the wind / Margaret Mitchell (think Scarlett is a whinging female dog)
  21. Angels and Demons / Dan Brown
  22. Harry Potter and the half-blood prince / J K Rowling
  23. The Poisonwood bible / Barbara Kingsolver
  24. Into the wilderness / Sara Donati
  25. A thousand splendid suns / Khaled Hosseini
  26. Life of Pi / Yann Martel
  27. Memoirs of a geisha / Arthur Golden
  28. Jessica / Bryce Courtenay
  29. Birdsong / Sebastian Faulks
  30. Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone / J K Rowling
  31. Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix / J K Rowling
  32. A fine balance / Rohinton Mistry
  33. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe / C S Lewis
  34. Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte
  35. Rachel's holiday / Marian Keyes
  36. The memory keeper's daughter / Kim Edwards
  37. Shantaram: a novel / Gregory Roberts
  38. Pact: a love story / Jodi Picoult
  39. Tea Rose / Jennifer Donnelly
  40. Change of heart / Jodi Picoult
  41. Angela's ashes / Frank McCourt
  42. Mister Pip / Lloyd Jones
  43. The girl in Times Square / Paullina Simons
  44. Twilight / Stephanie Meyer
  45. This charming man / Marian Keyes
  46. Wuthering heights / Emily Bronte (I tried, I really did)
  47. River God / Wilbur Smith
  48. The Persimmon Tree / Bryce Courtenay
  49. World without end / Ken Follet
  50. Dune / Frank Herbert
  51. Wild Swans: three daughters of China / Jung Chang
  52. April Fools Day / Bryce Courtenay
  53. Atonement / Ian McEwan
  54. The bone garden / Tess Gerritsen
  55. The alchemist / Paulo Coelho
  56. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / J K Rowling
  57. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Askaban / J K Rowling
  58. Sushi for beginners / Marian Keyes
  59. The curious incident of the don in the night-time / Mark Haddon
  60. Catcher in the rye / J D Salinger
  61. I know this much is true / Wally Lamb
  62. Eragon / Christopher Paolini
  63. Tomorrow with the war began / John Marsden
  64. Northern lights / Philip Pullman
  65. Captain Corelli's mandolin / Louis De Bernieres
  66. Kane and Abel / Jeffrey Archer
  67. Tully / Paullina Simons
  68. Catch -22 / Joseph Heller
  69. No. 1 ladies detective agency / Alexander McCall Smith
  70. Watermelon / Marian Keyes
  71. We need to talk about Kevin / Lionel Shriver
  72. Anybody out there / Marian Keyes
  73. Chocolat / Joanne Harris
  74. Winter Rose / Jennifer Donnelly
  75. Denniston Rose / Jenny Pattrick
  76. Killing Floor / Lee Child
  77. A really short history of nearly everything / Bill Bryson
  78. Anne of Green Gables / L M Montgomery
  79. Nothing to lose / Lee Child
  80. The secret / Rhonda Byrne
  81. The book thief/ Markus Zusak
  82. Galaxy / Douglas Adams
  83. The stand / Stephen King
  84. Edmonds Cookery Book / Edmonds (this woman has made it her mission to cook everything in a 40 year old Edmond's Cookbook during a year)
  85. The potato factory / Bryce Courtenay
  86. Lucy Sullivan is getting married / Marian Keyes
  87. The vinter's luck / Elizabeth Knox
  88. The red tent / Anita Diamant
  89. Bridget Jone's diary: a novel / Helen Fielding
  90. The Penguin history of New Zealand / Michael King
  91. London / Edward Rutherford
  92. The god of small things / Arundhati Roy
  93. The shipping news / Annie E Proulx
  94. Four fires / Bryce Courtenay
  95. Mao's last dancer / Li Gunxin
  96. Last chance saloon / Marian Keyes
  97. Plain truth / Jodi Picoult
  98. Perfume: the story of a murderer / Patrick Suskind
  99. The Thorn birds / Colleen McCullough
  100. The notebook / Nicholas Sparks
Hmmm... just under half of them I've read. Some I'd like to read some time. Others I am unlikely to even attempt! Like the horror ones. I'm not into that genre.


  1. I enjoyed notebook and Perfume actually quite a few of your no reads I have read.

  2. I counted 43 but some of the MArian Keyes (and a few others) I can't remember if I've read them or not. I only remember when I read the blurb

  3. Anonymous7:21 pm

    gosh I've only read 10 of those books!

  4. You have read more than me, Penny. I can recommend the Lee Child books, if you enjoy thrillers (not horror, just full of twists & turns). I have read (and own) every single one of his novels. I've also read both the Dan Brown ones (and his 2 others that aren't on that list - Digital Fortress and Deception Point) and thought they were pretty good. I tend to find an author I like and stick with him/her for a long time - in case you can't tell, ROFL!

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  6. I was looking at the Dymocks list the other day and wandering how many you might of read of those. :) Quite a few I bet.

    Only 26 for me off this particular list, which is interesting because I read HEAPS!

  7. I've read about 35 of them. You simply have to read Wild Swans by Jung Chang. The first time I read it I struggled but the second time I couldn't put it down. I had the privilege of hearing Jung Chang speak a few years ago at a Writers and Readers festival. She was this little thing who packed out the Michael Fowler Centre in Wgtn and got a standing ovation at the end of her talk. It was magic.