While looking through Google this afternoon for an off-campus connection to literature for Witty English, an article popped up in regards to “The Great American Read.” This series of eight-episodes is a programming series being put on by PBS to discover some of America’s greatest reads, hence the title.
PBS’ website states that The Great American Read is an “eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.”
Different towns and communities have posted their own versions of the battle for the Great American Read which have taken the form of March Madness brackets. However, PBS’ website lets viewers vote on whichever and however many books that they would like to be consider The Great American Read.
The list contains 100 books, which were chosen through a survey of 7,200 participants.
PBS’ website states that the list “contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. From beloved world literature to contemporary best sellers, many categories are represented: 20th century American classics, thrillers, young adult novels, sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, romantic stories, and books that represent the human experience told from a diverse range of perspectives.”
Four episodes of the series have already aired, with four more scheduled for the remaining Tuesdays in October at 8/7c on PBS.
To vote on your Great American Read, visit the PBS website, or click here.
Even if you don’t plan on voting, this compilation of 100 novels will give you the perfect reading list as the end of the year rolls around and chilly fall weather coaxes you to stay inside and curl up with a great book. Little will you know, that book may just be The Great American Read.