Three new titles launch into Whitcoulls Top 100 books list

Whitcoulls has released its annual list of Kiwis' most-popular books with three new additions vaulting into the top 10 since last year.

The bookstore's annual Top 100 list, voted for by Whitcoulls customers, revealed that, overwhelmingly, New Zealanders prefer titles based in historic settings.

While Harry Potter once again topped the list, newcomers to the top 10 include The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, Still Me by Jojo Moyes and Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming.

In fact, memoirs and biographies featured high on the list with bountiful votes also backing Tara Westover's Educated and Tiger Woods' biography.

Both fiction and non-fiction books revolving around World War II proved to be similarly popular: The Tattooist of Auschwitz was joined by Kiwi author Doug Gold's The Note Through the Wire, The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, The Bronze Horseman and The Nightingale.

Whitcoulls book manager Joan Mackenzie told The AM Show it was lovely to see a Kiwi author featuring in the list, and his inclusion was much deserved.

"World War II is kind of in vogue at the moment... and his book is about his parents-in-law who met during World War II.

"His mother-in-law worked for the resistance and his father-in-law was a Kiwi soldier who was sent over there to fight and ended up in a camp, and they met. It's great."

Overall, modern books and series dominate the list's top 10 with just four published or beginning before the year 2000: Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, To Kill a Mockingbird along with Pride and Prejudice.

The Whitcoulls Top 100

  1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley
  3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
  4. The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  5. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  9. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
  10. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  11. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  12. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  13. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  14. The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simon
  15. Educated by Tara Westover
  16. Women’s Wellness Wisdom by Dr Libby
  17. A Song Of Ice And Fire series by George RR Martin
  18. Past Tense by Lee Child
  19. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  20. The Kingsbridge series by Ken Follett
  21. The Bible by Various
  22. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty                                                                           
  23. The Subtle Art Of Not Fiving A Fuck by Mark Manson
  24. The Millennium series by Stieg Larson
  25. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelhp
  26. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  27. Mythos by Stephen Fry
  28. Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict
  29. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
  30. The Power Of One by Bruce Courtney
  31. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  32. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  33. The Note Through The Wire by Doug Gold
  34. The Woman In The Window by AJ Finn
  35. The Tea Rose series by Jennifer Donnelly
  36. The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley
  37. A Year At Hotel Gondola by Nicky Pellegrino
  38. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  39. 1984 by George Orwell
  40. The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  41. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  42. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
  43. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  44. It by Stephen King
  45. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  46. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagirhara
  47. The Rosie series by Graeme Simsion
  48. Magician by Raymond E Feist
  49. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  50. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  51. War Cry by Wilbur Smith
  52. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  53. Bridge Of Clay by Markus Zusak
  54. In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park
  55. The Goldfinch  by Donna Tartt
  56. A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
  57. Orphan X by Gregg Jurwitz
  58. The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin
  59. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  60. The Beauty Guide by Dr Libby
  61. The Martian by Andy Weir
  62. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
  63. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  64. The Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown
  65. The Choice by Edith Eger
  66. The Dry by Jane Harper
  67. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
  68. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte
  69. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  70. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  71. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  72. Memoirs of a Geisha  by Arthur Golden
  73. A Court Of Thorn And Roses series by Sarah J Mass
  74. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  75. The Alice Network  by Kate Quinn
  76. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
  77. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebald
  78. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  79. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  80. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
  81. Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur
  82. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  83. The Break by Marian Keyes
  84. Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
  85. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  86. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  87. Edmonds Cookery Book by Various (a different Various from The Bible)
  88. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  89. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  90. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  91. When Death Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  92. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  93. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  94. You Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  95. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  96. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  97. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  98. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  99. Jessica by Bryce Courtney
  100.  The Secret History by Donna Tartt


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