Vote for “The Great American Read”!


Have you cast your vote for America’s favorite book?


PBS launched “The Great American Read” in May by unveiling a list of 100 “most loved” books and airing the first of a series of bookish specials. Voting is open until October 18, 2018 to determine America’s favorite book!



The top 100 books were determined by a combination of survey results and PBS selection criteria. The books all had to be fiction, but did not need to be written by an American or set in the US to be put on the list. The two-hour launch special for the “Great American Read” is available to watch online. I really enjoyed hearing from fellow fans of my favorite books on the list and adding books I’ve missed to my TBR list. Seven more episodes hosted by Meredith Viera are forthcoming, beginning with a “Fall Kick Off” episode on Tuesday, September 11th at 8pm EST. I will definitely be watching.

One exciting voting detail is that you can choose more than one book! PBS allows you to vote for one book per day, so make your voice heard and cast your vote for all of your favorites here.


I’ve narrowed my votes down to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.



You can also download The Great American Read Book Checklist. This is a wonderful resource for a summer reading challenge for you or the young adults in your life. Check to see how many you have read and add some titles to your TBR list!  So far I have read 38 of the books and will be putting A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds on my summer reading list.

I’m happy to see PBS promoting bookish enthusiasm and opening up a dialogue about great reads. I’m looking forward to discussing the specials and book list with the readers in my life.


Which books from the “Great American Read” list will you choose?



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