Dymocks Top 101 Books
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Dymocks Bookstore has come up with a top 101 books list, based on votes by the members of their booklover's club.
What do you all think of the books chosen? For me, this list introduced me to "My Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durrell which became one of my favourite books of all time. It is a hilarious autobiography of a naturalist's idyllic childhood in the beautiful Greek island of Corfu. It is full of great descriptions of both people and animals.
"What do you all think of the books chosen?"
I would hazard a guess that the majority of voters were women.
I'm glad to see my favourite book of recent times on the list, 27 The Book Thief, although it should've been #1! :-)
Certainly a different readership to me - I have only read 11 of those 101. I read "My Family and Other Animals" 20+ years ago. A few others I only read as texts at school. I might check out some of the others at my local Library.
The content seems similar to the Angus & Robertson and ABC lists. I've read about 34 of them.
This is certainly not a list of books by book lovers. A Bryce Courtney and a Dan Brown in the top ten? Oh for goodness sakes!
Interesting list, I've read 24 of them, which isn't so bad.
Id' say that alot of the votes do appear to be women's votes.
>I've read 38; interestingly, very few of the Australian books mentioned. I would've expected to see more Australian titles than were listed.
A Raymond Feist novel in the top ten?
I noticed 5 female authors in the top 10, nice to see some gender parity somewhere. One might assume that as in many other countries, women are the primary book buyers and they also tend to consume way more fiction than men, so if a lot of the votes appear to be 'women's votes' that could be why.
8 - You're kidding, right? My favourite authors are mostly women - Octavia Butler, Robin Hobb (yes, she's a woman), Katherine Kerr, Catherine Jinks...
I think most men who read regularly read both male and female authors. You might be right partly, that men who only read occasionally are more likely to stick to male authors - Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler, Feist, etc.
Well, I've read only 14, just the fantasy and the school ones, so I guess I'm a bit boring with my choices. Must say that I'm a bit disappointed that 2 Dan Browns got it. Literature for the illiterate! Probably goes more by how many units they sell, rather than what is actually read, re-read and purchased again when you wear the first copy out. Thats a sure sign of good book!
15. cant believe i have never heard of most of them, a lot of potboilers. cant take any list seriously that has catch22 so low. and possession so very very low!
I'd read about 60 and had most of the others on my to-read list. There were a few I hadn't heard of, but really not many. I'd enjoyed almost all of the ones I'd read too, so I think they're all good books (I thought the list was pretty diverse - 'literature' and fluff, kid's books and adults - but in my case this is a reasonable reflection of what I read... Lots. Of everything). Avaland, I initially thought the Australian content was low too, but when I counted I realised there were quite a few Aussie authors - Tim Winton (3 books), Bryce Courtenay (2 books), Marcus Zusak, John Marsden, Matthew Reilly, Melina Marchetta and Miles Franklin. (Especially considering they were competing with the likes of Austen, Tolkien and the Bible... And that I can't get half of them to come up as touchstones on LT!)
I've read 59 of them. Some were good, some were bad.
The list is a popular vote, so you will get a lot of (popular) trash, plus recent books. For example, I'm not sure if you'd see Marley and Me appearing again if they ran this again in a few year's time! But I do take heart that Possession appeared at all!
Of the top 10, the only one I hadn't read was the Australian one. Oh dear.
Frighting thing is I have read 10 of them and been exposed to about another 22 through TV, Radio, Movie and/or Theatre, I'm becoming much to main stream!
well I've read an even 20 and not many of those 20 would make my own personal Top 101 list.
and what's with listing some complete series as a single entries and in other cases listing only an individual book from a series?
Inconsistency. I've not looked at the list yet, and I may not, given the disparaging comments here. And if the list is inconsistent as well! Not for me.
perhaps not, but surely Jasper Fforde and Stephanie Meyer (though I'm not a fan of the latter) deserved similar treatment.
But I know no Top 100 list is ever going to cater to me, I'm just gratified when I find a couple of books I like in them :)
I've read 51 and nine from the top ten. From the top ten, I only have To Kill a Mocking Bird to read and that keeps floating up and down on my TBR pile, this year it has just missed out on being read about 4 times! I will get to it!
Many others are on my TBR pile or my wishlist.
Agreed, the way it is ordered does make it a bit of a strange list. But I think I enjoyed most of the books I've read. Even Dan Brown's stuff. I find I can lend his books to my "non-reading" friends and they REALLY rave about his books. Very easy for people to digest, maybe?!
The list must be related to sales, me thinks.
I've read 37 as they are listed - some of them like "Hitchhikers Guide" actually translate to a number of titles including the radio play scripts (Yep bit of a Hitchhiker's tragic here)
I feel this is little more than a popularity contest and tends to reflect the quality of the material held in airport book shops!
It's no coincidence that teh CEO of Dymock's is leading the charge to remove restrictions on parallel imports of books, which Australian writers and publishers see as potentially very destructive to Australian literary culture
No, actually, I meant what I said. I don't think of very many writers as making "profits" from their writing, more like scraping a living, or finding something to do after a day's work at something else.
It's protectionism, pure and simple. And it means you and I have to pay more for books here than almost anywhere else in the world.
I can order books from the UK, and have them shipped to me here in Australia, and still end up saving a considerable amount per title.
I travel to the US often, and can pick up popular paperbacks for around $9 US, which at the moment is still less than ten Australian dollars. Equivalent titles here in Dymocks or Abbeys would cost around $20 to $25.
Wow, you get an excellent exchange rate, much better than what's on offer where I live. I wonder if your other facts are as reliable?
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My original post was far too tetchy, and the result of jet lag and a red-wine headache. My point was that books that cost about $9 in the US cost between $20 and $25 here. There was no need for the argumentative nature of my post however, for which I apologise.
I apologise for being a smart-arse, omaca. I guess you're right that if one travels to the US one can buy US popular paperbacks much more cheaply than one can buy them here. I was in the US last week too, and could have bought Dan Brown's new hardback in the US edition, probably much cheaper than the hardback edition that was released in Australia on the same day. I didn't buy it in either place. On the other hand, I was quite happy to pay Australian prices for Dave Eggers' Zeitoun (I haven't done a price comparison) if it helped an Australian publisher stay viable so as to be able to produce Australian texts that haven't been modified to suit the requirements of US publishing houses.
Actually, I just reread your last post, omaca. The books that were in "the same imprints" were surely imports from the US, rather than Australian publications such as the current legislation protects. So the "same imprint" titles are actually examples of what we can expect if the "protection" is removed.
Ahem, we seemed to have gotten off-topic here. It's a fascinating subject, but maybe you two could move it to another thread, please.
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