No to Janet, Matthew and Jodi?



Bookgrrl, JustgirlwithshoesRien d’important, and NewGradLibrarian all did this. It’s A&R books top 100 books for 2010. 

I have simplified the ratings though… 

+ = Books I have enjoyed reading 

no = books I haven’t read 

1 The Twilight Saga Stephenie Meyer – no (but we have them all here should I ever want to) 

2 Harry Potter 1-7 J.K. Rowling ++ I haven’t read all these in the right order…. but have read parts of nearly all of them aloud to my children (C read the other nights…) 

3 The Millennium Trilogy Stieg Larsson +++ 

4 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee +++ 

5 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold + 

6 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen ++ 

7 My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult no I have read one JP – but I can’t remember the name of it or anything really about it? 

8 Sookie Stackhouse Charlaine Harris no 

9 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger + 

10 The Book Thief Markus Zusak ++ 

11 Lunch in Paris Elizabeth Bard no 

12 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini ++ 

13 Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden ++ 

14 61 Hours Lee Child no 

15 Dragon Haven Robin Hobb no 

16 Vampire Academy Richelle Mead no 

17 The Silent Sea Clive Cussler no 

18 Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin + 

19 The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien err, no (but again we have them all…maybe one day?) 

20 Tuscan Rose Belinda Alexandra no 

21 The Power of One Bryce Courtenay no 

22 The Notebook Nicholas Sparks no 

23 The Pacific Hugh Ambrose no 

24 Ransom David Malouf no 

25 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte + 

26 Dear John Nicholas Sparks no 

27 Magician Raymond E. Feist no 

28 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger ++ 

29 House Rules Jodi Picoult no 

30 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte + 

31 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini + 

32 Marley & Me John Grogan no 

33 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls Jane Austen & Steve no, but want to read one of these… 

34 Breath Tim Winton ++ 

35 The Bronze Horseman Paullina Simons no 

36 Cloudstreet Tim Winton ++ I love TW 

37 The People’s Train Thomas Keneally no 

38 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll – um, never….probably a children’s version… 

39 Truth Peter Temple no 

40 Little Women Louisa May Alcott ++ 

41 Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert no (and have been warned off) 

42 The Host Stephenie Meyer no 

43 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown I did, for bookgroup 

44 The Book of Emmett Deborah Forster no 

45 Ice Station Matthew Reilly no 

46 The Road Cormac Macarthy + grim 

47 The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards + 

48 Persuasion Jane Austen + 

49 Jessica Bryce Courtenay no 

50 Atonement Ian McEwan ++ I love Ian McEwan. He is smart. 

51 Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom no, ‘cos I didn’t like The Five people…#smaltz 

52 The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet no 

53 The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo + 

54 April Fool’s Day Bryce Courtenay no 

55 Life of Pi Yann Martel ++ 

56 Angels & Demons Dan Brown no 

57 The Pact Jodi Picoult  no 

58 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom  but yuk 

59 Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey no, wouldn’t generally read Peter Carey willingly. I read PC through bookgroup 

60 Always Looking Up Michael J. Fox no 

61 Seven Ancient Wonders Matthew Reilly no 

62 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien + I got The Hobbit for my 8th birthday from my friend Helen Sim… 

63 Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult no 

64 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Burrows  

65 The Lost Symbol Dan Brown no 

66 Solar Ian McEwan + 

67 Fallen Lauren Katem no 

68 The Historian Elizabeth Kostova no 

69 P.S. I Love You Cecila Ahern  awful book… 

70 The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis ++ 

71 Obernewtyn Isobelle Carmody no 

72 A Fortunate Life A.B. Facey. no um, I don’t think so… 

73 Handle with Care Jodi Picoult no 

74 Cross Stitch Diana Gabaldon no 

75 Dirt Music Tim Winton +++ 

76 It Stephen King no 

77 Hourglass Claudia Gray no 

78 Tully Paullina Simons no 

79 The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley no 

80 Shantaram: A Novel Gregory David Roberts no, but would like to 

81 The Princess Bride William Goldman – I didn’t realise this WAS a book. Love the filum! 

82 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell ++ 

83 Requiem for a Species Clive Hamilton no 

84 The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory no 

85 Break No Bones Kathy Reichs no 

86 Animal Farm George Orwell ++ 

87 The Six Sacred Stones Matthew Reilly no 

88 The Five Greatest Warriors Matthew Reilly no 

89 Maralinga Judy Nunn no 

90 Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk no 

91 One for the Money Janet Evanovich no 

92 Worst Case James Patterson no 

93 Once in a Lifetime Cathy Kelly no 

94 The Stand Stephen King no 

95 Anybody Out There Marian Keyes no 

96 The Secret Rhonda Byrne no 

97 Temple Matthew Reilly no 

98 All That Remains Patricia Cornwall no, I don’ think so. I have read some PC – holidau house up the coast 

99 The Slap Christos Tsolkias+ 

100 Interview with the Vampire Anne Rice no 

So- what does this all tell me? I don’t think much really. I’m not across Jodi Picoult or Matthew Reilly, but I heaps to read and not eough time so –

No to Janet, Matthew and Jodi. 

Yes to my bookgroup (met last night- now in our seventh year…) and friend’s recommendations and just the synchronicity of finding a good book… 



One Response to “No to Janet, Matthew and Jodi?”

  1. I love Tim Winton too, I have just finished Cloud Street for the second time (although I listened to the audio book this time and got quite a different perspective!)

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