Looking for some inspiration on what to read this Australian Reading Hour?

Each year Better Reading compile their Top 100 Books, as voted by avid readers. The full list is below. Happy reading!

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

The Dry

Jane Harper

The Bronze Horseman

Paullina Simons

The Art of Keeping Secrets

Rachael Johns

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara


Diana Gabaldon

All The Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


Tim Winton

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett

The Trip of a Lifetime

Monica McInerney

The Fellowship of the Ring

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Power of One

Bryce Courtenay

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Audrey Niffeneger

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent


Stephen King

Jasper Jones

Craig Silvey


George Orwell


Gregory David Roberts


Daphne du Maurier

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Worth Fighting For

Mary-Anne O’Connor


Tim Winton

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Light Between Oceans

M.L. Stedman


Raymond. E. Feist

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

The Birdman’s Wife

Melissa Ashley

Dirt Music

Tim Winton

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

The Chocolate Tin

Fiona McIntosh

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan


Joseph Heller

Me Before You

JoJo Moyes


Jane Austen

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The Hidden Hours

Sara Foster

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafron

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Thorn Birds

Colleen McCullough

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks

The Dressmaker

Rosalie Ham

The Husbands Secret

Liane Moriarty

The Secrets She Keeps

Michael Robotham

Crimson Lake

Candice Fox

Still Alice

Lisa Genova

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

The Party

Robyn Harding

Truly Madly Guilty

Liane Moriarty

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein 

A Distant Journey

Di Morrissey


Sebastian Faulks

Spirits of the Ghan

Judy Nunn

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens 

Seven Ancient Wonders

Matthew Riley

It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

The Fix

David Baldacci

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden 

My Sister’s Keeper

Jodi Picoult

A Chance of Stormy Weather

Tricia Stringer

The One Who Got Away

Caroline Overington

The Secret River

Kate Grenville 

The Late Show

Michael Connelly

The Alphabet Sisters

Monica McInerney

The Girl Before

JP Delaney

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

The Passage

Justin Cronin

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lionel Shriver

Assassin’s Apprentice

Robin Hobb


Bram Stoker

A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Night School

Lee Child

The Forgotten Garden

Kate Morton

The Natural Way of Things

Charlotte Wood

The Secret History

Donna Tartt

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

Anna Karenia

Leo Tolstory


Ian McEwan

Beautiful Messy Love

Tess Woods

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

I Am Pilgrim

Terry Hayes

The Daughters of Mars

Tom Keneally

The Winter Sea

Di Morrissey

The Lavender Keeper

Fiona McIntosh

Need You Dead

Peter James

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng