PBS has been running an eight-part documentary series, The Great American Read, celebrating books and reading by looking at America’s 100 best-loved novels (per a national survey). The series is hosted by Meredith Viera. I cannot speak to the validity of these 100 selections (although several of my favs are among them) because I was NOT invited to participate in the initial survey selecting the initial 100 books.
I am very proud of the diversity of the titles highlighting the diversity of our country and the common human experience. And these 100 selections are an excellent place to begin if you want to dip your toe into some classic fiction titles. Last I counted, I had read about 30 of the 100 titles with many more on my TBR lists.
Over the past few months, Meredith has invited the American public to vote for their favorites which I have done. You could vote as many times as you wanted, for as many different selections as you wanted. I have cast votes for Pride and Prejudice and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Tonight, the winner will be announced at 8 EST/7 CST. I doubt it will be one of my favorites; I have quirky sensibilities. But it will be interesting to see what book has won.
Take a look at the list and let me know which was a favorite of yours.
til tomorrow, enjoy life
I’m writing about my love of books and reading for the entire month of October. Catch up on the rest of this series.
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I haven’t watched all the PBS shows yet, but I did see who the winner was! I voted several times the past few months for a different book each time. 🙂 So many good ones are on the list. I’m currently reading A Prayer for Owen Meany after hearing about it on one of the episodes.
How are you finding it, Lisa? I am interested in reading it also.
I’m enjoying it. Still have 100 pages to go (it’s long!). It seems to ramble a little at times, but is engaging. I had to return my library paperback copy today (it has holds, I’m sure thanks to the Great American Read) but I still have a Kindle copy so I hope to finish it in a few days.
Thanks for letting me know. I’m sure I will get to it eventually.