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Join The Great American Read

Join The Great American Read

On May 22, 2018, I watched the two-hour launch of “The Great American Read” documentary TV special hosted by Meredith Vieira. PBS had conducted a poll in which over 7,000 Americans named their most beloved novels.  In the two-hour premiere that aired in May, the top 100 best-loved novels were introduced by celebrities, authors, and other notable people urging the audience to vote for their favorite book on the list.  The books are not necessarily novels written by Americans, just novels Americans voted for. This is an eight-part series which will continue throughout the summer, with the winner of the best-loved novel that the public elects to be revealed in October.

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1984 by George Orwell
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by James Patterson
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Another Country by James Baldwin
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Don Quiote by Miguel de Cervantes
Doña Bárbára by Rómulo Gallegos
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
Game of Thrones Series by R.R. Martin
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Click to read review
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Click to read review
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Hatchet Series by Gary Paulsen
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Shack by William P. Young
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Sirens of the Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
The Stand by Stephen King
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
Tales of the City Series by Armistead Maupin
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Twilight Saga Series by Stephenie Meyer
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Watchers by Dean Koontz
The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Join the fun!  Join The Great American Read!

Happy Reading!



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