Dorset’s Top100 Fiction books are in!


Last month Dorset Libraries asked for your nominations for your top fiction books of all time.

We know – It’s the sort of dilemma that fills any book lover with equal parts tingly excitement and
existential dread.
And yet – the challenge was accepted, in your droves Dorset Libraries received nominations for
over 200 titles!

And while, yes, we’re all winners here *soothes the cover of the titles languishing at the back with just one vote each* there were, of course, some stand out favourites.
The top 18 are listed opposite – how many have you read? I’m almost ashamed to admit there are three that I haven’t – The Goldfinch, Middlemarch and 1984.
I know, I know… I’ll correct it soon, I promise! But I’m overjoyed that all of my own top favourites are in there To Kill A Mockingbird and Pride & Prejudice are probably my Desert Island books, closely followed by The Book Thief and Gone With The Wind (I’m nothing of not eclectic in my reading choices). It’s lovely to see some newer titles like All The Light We Cannot See holding its own against stalwart classics like Middlemarch too.

Dorset Libraries continue to offer rentals of e-books, audio books, e-magazines, newspapers & ancestry through lockdown. They are also running Virtual Reading Groups – expect lively conversation and thoughtful discussion. Details of all virtual events are here. On the last Thursday of each month there is a virtual live chat Reading Group (10-11am) – all welcome.

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