Great American Read

The Great American Read

Have you all seen the new series launching on PBS, The Great American Read? 100 books were chosen as America’s favorite through a poll. Now the polling continues in order to narrow it down to only ONE book. THE NUMBER ONE BOOK! I have the list below and voting instructions if you want to vote! They are also doing an Instagram giveaway if you want to post a shelfie with one of the 100 books. If you use facebook, they also have a book club you can join to read and discuss the books. I plan on reading along and trying to complete a few this year! A lot of them overlap with #theclassicsclub list…so that’s great! All the info is on the official site.

Last Updated: August 31
The Reading List

1984 – George Orwell #VOTE1984
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole #VOTEDuncesBook
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving #VOTEOwenMeany
A Separate Peace – John Knowles #VOTEPeaceBook
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith #VOTEBrooklyn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain #VOTESawyer
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho #VOTEAlchemist
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) – James Patterson #VOTEAlexCross
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll #VOTEAlice
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie #VOTEAmericanah
And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie #VOTEAndThen
Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery #VOTEGables
Another Country – James Baldwin #VOTECountryBook
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand #VOTEAtlas
Beloved – Toni Morrison #VOTEBeloved
Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya #VOTEUltima
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak #VOTEBookThief
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Díaz #VOTEOscarWao
The Call of the Wild – Jack London #VOTECallWild
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller #VOTECatch22
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger #VOTECatcherRye
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White #VOTECharlotte
The Chronicles of Narnia (series) – C.S. Lewis #VOTENarnia
The Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel #VOTECaveBear
The Coldest Winter Ever – Sister Souljah #VOTEWinterBook
The Color Purple – Alice Walker #VOTEColorPurple
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas #VOTEMonteCristo
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky #VOTECrimeBook
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon #VOTECurious
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown #VOTEDaVinci
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes #VOTEQuixote
Doña Bárbára – Rómulo Gallegos #VOTEBarbara
Dune – Frank Herbert #VOTEDune
Fifty Shades of Grey (series) – E.L. James #VOTE50Shades
Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews #VOTEFlowers
Foundation (series) – Isaac Asimov #VOTEFoundation
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley #VOTEFrankenstein
A Game of Thrones (series) – George R.R. Martin #VOTEGOT
Ghost – Jason Reynolds #VOTEGhost
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson #VOTEGilead
The Giver – Lois Lowry #VOTETheGiver
The Godfather – Mario Puzo #VOTEGodfather
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn #VOTEGoneGirl
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell #VOTEGoneWind
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck #VOTEGrapesWrath
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens #VOTEGreatExpect
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald #VOTEGatsby
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift #VOTEGulliver
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood #VOTEHandmaid
Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling #VOTEPotter
Hatchet (series) – Gary Paulsen #VOTEHatchet
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad #VOTEHeartDark
The Help – Kathryn Stockett #VOTETheHelp
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams #VOTEGalaxy
The Hunger Games (series) – Suzanne Collins #VOTEHungerGames
The Hunt for Red October – Tom Clancy #VOTERedOctober
The Intuitionist – Colson Whitehead #VOTEIntuition
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison #VOTEInvisible
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë #VOTEJaneEyre
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan #VOTEJoyLuck
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton #VOTEJurassic
Left Behind (series) – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins #VOTELeftBehind
The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry #VOTEPrinceBook
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott #VOTELittleWomen
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry #VOTELonesome
Looking for Alaska – John Green #VOTEAlaska
The Lord of the Rings (series) – J.R.R. Tolkien #VOTELOTR
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold #VOTELovelyBones
The Martian – Andy Weir #VOTEMartian
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden #VOTEGeisha
Mind Invaders – Dave Hunt #VOTEInvaders
Moby-Dick – Herman Melville #VOTEMobyDick
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks #VOTENotebook
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez #VOTE100Years
Outlander (series) – Diana Gabaldon #VOTEOutlander
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton #VOTEOutsiders
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde #VOTEDorian
The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan #VOTEPilgrims
The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett #VOTEPillars
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen #VOTEPridePrej
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline #VOTEPlayer1
Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier #VOTERebecca
The Shack – William P. Young #VOTETheShack
Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse #VOTESidd
The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut #VOTESirens
The Stand – Stephen King #VOTETheStand
The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway #VOTESunRises
Swan Song – Robert R. McCammon #VOTESwanSong
Tales of the City (series) – Armistead Maupin #VOTETalesCity
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston #VOTEWatchingGod
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe #VOTEFallApart
This Present Darkness – Frank E. Peretti #VOTEDarkness
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee #VOTEMockingbird
The Twilight Saga (series) – Stephenie Meyer #VOTETwilight
War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy #VOTEWarPeace
Watchers – Dean Koontz #VOTEWatchers
The Wheel of Time (series) – Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson #VOTEWheelTime
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls #VOTERedFern
White Teeth – Zadie Smith #VOTEWhiteTeeth
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë #VOTEWuthering

1) – Go to – Click on “Vote” – Choose your favorite book
2) – Select your favorite book’s hashtag above – Post the hashtag on Facebook, or – Tweet the hashtag on Twitter
Vote once a day, every day for every one of your favorite novels on the list.
My Votes
Which are your favorites?

I'm an avid reader and love most all books, but my favorite genres tend to be mystery, adventure, science fiction and classics. Genres I tend to shy away from include romance, contemporary fiction and chick lit. If I’m not actually reading books, I’m probably at work shelving them at my local library.

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