Reading. It’s the thing we all want to do more of, but often never get around to.
For those who love nothing more than getting stuck into a good read, finding your next book can come with some trepidation.
Will it be good? Am I going to spend twenty-something dollars only to struggle through the first chapter?
The commitment issues are real – which is why so many of us turn to our old faithfuls, the books so well loved and worn that the spines are destroyed and pages dog earned and stained with water/coffee/snacks.
That’s what makes Dymocks’ top 101 survey is so good, because it takes all the guess work and uncertainty out of choosing your literary hit list.
Voted for and decided by the nation, the survey reveals Australia’s top 101 favourite reads, and the results say a lot about what we’re thinking and feeling.
Dymocks' Fiction Buyer, Ali Hammond has seen a resurgence of Australian authors in this years' top 101, which is indicative of the appeal of art imitating life.
"Basically we like reading about ourselves," explains Ali, adding "we gravitate towards Australian stories because there is something fascinating & compelling in reading about a landscape and recognising it as part of your own life, or reading a character and feeling like they could be somebody that you know."
"While this idea of recognising ourselves and our lives in the books is definitely part of it, I also think that Aussie authors are at the top of their game and are writing brilliant, interesting stories that trump what we are seeing from overseas & I think the list reflects that."