The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2018

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year.

(We’ve also compiled our 10 bestselling CDs of 2018 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2018.)


Of the 100 books listed below…

  • 27 are fiction (including eight Australian novels, three translated works from Japanese authors and both of Rupi Kaur’s poetry collections)
  • 28 are non-fiction (including two buzzed-about books that transport readers inside the Trump White House)
  • 10 are crime reads (including three break-out debuts from Australians Christian White, Dervla McTiernan and Chris Hammer)
  • 15 are biographies or memoirs (including two anthologies of Australian writing edited by Anita Heiss and Jamila Rizvi respectively)
  • 16 are children’s books (including four picture books, seven middle fiction reads, four inspiring anthologies and one young adult novel)
  • Four are cookbooks (including some picks from homegrown favourites)

Of the 107 authors (as well as editors, illustrators, translators, and more) listed here, 57 are Australian.

Contributors to appear on this list multiple times include children’s author Shaun Tan, cookbook creator Hetty McKinnon, poet Rupi Kaur, translator Philip Gabriel, historian Yuval Noah Harari, comedian Stephen Fry, crime author Jane Harper, and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls creators Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.


100. One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton
99. Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja (Ninja Kid Book 1) by Anh Do & Jeremy Ley]
98. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
97. Speaking Up by Gillian Triggs
96. The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney
95. In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
94. Special Guest by Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe
93. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
92. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
91. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
90. Border Districts by Gerald Murnane
89. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
88. Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Tarin of the Mammoths Book 1) by Jo Sandhu
87. Past Tense by Lee Child
86. Exactly by Simon Winchester
85. Calypso by David Sedaris
84. The Only Story by Julian Barnes
83. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (translated by Philip Gabriel)
82. Leather Soul by Bob Murphy
81. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
80. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori)
79. Rather His Own Man by Geoffrey Robertson
78. The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
77. Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
76. Heroes by Stephen Fry
75. Shout Out to the Girls by various
74. Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
73. Moment of Truth (Quarterly Essay 69) by Mark McKenna
72. My Country by David Marr
71. Found in Melbourne by Joanne O'Callaghan & Kori Song
70. The Ice Monster by David Walliams & Tony Ross
69. Kerry O'Brien, A Memoir by Kerry O'Brien
68. Teacher by Gabbie Stroud
67. The Motherhood edited by Jamila Rizvi
66. Scrublands by Chris Hammer
65. Follow the Leader (Quarterly Essay 71) by Laura Tingle
64. Fear by Bob Woodward
63. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
62. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
61. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
60. Community by Hetty McKinnon
59. Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin
58. The Football Solution by George Megalogenis
57. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
56. The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga
55. Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths
54. Mirka & Georges by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan
53. Silent Invasion by Clive Hamilton
52. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen)
51. Dead Right (Quarterly Essay 70) by Richard Denniss
50. Tracker by Alexis Wright
49. Cicada by Shaun Tan
48. The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan
47. Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan
46. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 1) by Jessica Townsend
45. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
44. Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2 edited by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
43. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
42. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
41. Family by Hetty McKinnon
40. Mythos by Stephen Fry
39. Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee
38. The Dry by Jane Harper
37. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
36. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
35. Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different edited by Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter
34. All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys
33. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
32. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
31. The Nowhere Child by Christian White
30. Lost Connections by Johann Hari
29. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
28. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
27. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
26. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
25. The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
24. The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
23. Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss
22. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
21. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
20. No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian)
19. Milkman by Anna Burns
18. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
17. Boys Will be Boys by Clementine Ford
16. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
15. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
14. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
13. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
12. Becoming by Michelle Obama
11. Normal People by Sally Rooney


Our top 10 bestselling books are…


10. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
9. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
7. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape
6. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
5. Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton
4. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
3. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales
2. The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton


And our number one bestselling book of 2018 is…


bestsellingsimple

Israeli-British chef Yotam Ottolenghi has once again won the hearts of our customers with his latest cookbook, Ottolenghi SIMPLE. Featuring his signature fresh and vibrant flavours, the 130 brand-new recipes in this book are designed for busy lifestyles and are certain to impress.


Ed. note: The list combines sales from all Readings shops and our website. Where possible, different editions of titles have been combined to reflect total sales of each title. The list includes all genres. It covers sales from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

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