101,000 Australians voted in this year’s Dymocks Top 101 favourite books survey. And taking out the number one spot is the world’s favourite wizard, Harry Potter.
It seems Potter-fever shows no signs of slowing down, with the seven-part series picking up the top gong in Dymocks’ annual survey for the second time, following its last win in 2013.
Perhaps gaining momentum with the highly-anticipated theatrical production, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', coming to Australia early next year, J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series has captured the hearts of countless Australians since the first book was published in the late ‘90s.
J.K. Rowling tops a list that this year – for the first time ever – is comprised of books written predominantly by female authors (53%), an encouraging result after the countless calls in recent months to ensure more women are placed front and centre in pop culture.
Hot on Harry’s heels, ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr came in second place. The book, which was written over 10 years, won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2015 and took out the number one position in the Dymocks survey in 2017.
After a big year in 2017 producing the Emmy Award-winning series ‘Big Little Lies’, Australian author Liane Moriarty took out the number three position with her best-selling book of the same name. Liane has two other books in the top 101, ‘The Husband’s Secret’ and ‘Truly Madly Guilty’, making her the only author to have three books included on the list.
HBO's TV adaptation of Big Little Lies premiered in 2017
Liane's not the only author to have been given a boost by a television adaptation of her book – Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 dystopian tale ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was voted the fourth favourite book of all time, after the smash-hit TV series starring Elisabeth Moss made its debut last year. 41 books in the list have also been adapted for film or TV, with more currently in planning.
Bookworms across the country are also championing Aussie authors, with 31 books written by Australians on the list and five of these making it into the top ten.
Check out the full list of the top 101 books of 2018 and decide for yourself - should Harry Potter have taken out the number one spot? What's your favourite book of all time and how many of the top 101 books have you read?