The Great American Read PBS

IMG_0931When I ran across the Great American Read about a month ago, I was intrigued about the 100 books that Americans chose through a national survey. I wish I had been a part of the survey to see if some of my other favorites would have made the list. But I will say that I’ve read 51 of the 100 books on the list.

What is the Great American Read? On the website it states “The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of American’s 100 best-loved novels. ” Great American Read should be an educational paradise for teachers, students, readers, and writers.  Personally, I plan on watching each episode beginning May 22 on PBS.

The 100 books are divided into groups that share common concepts. During the process, I think, the viewers can vote for their favorite best-loved book. The finale will reveal the winner, the best-loved American book.

On the website there is a quiz that lets you check off the books that you have read. Also, there is a Facebook page, Great American Read Facebook page .


Here are a few of the books that I have read that made the list: 1984 by George Orwell, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

You might enjoy taking the quiz, watching the series, commenting here, sharing this post, and following the Great American Read Facebook page.

Next week, I will share my top 10 and hopefully you will share yours.

Check out the list and comment here about how many you have read from the list.

One thought on “The Great American Read PBS

  1. Katie Gray

    Thanks for sharing this! I took the quiz and was surprised by how many titles I knew. I will try to follow the series. I have recently put together my office and library with new bookshelves. Now I can see all of the lovely books I have collected so far. I guess I inherited the love of a good book, from you.


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