I wasn’t originally planning to post today, but since I’m on a blogging kick and today is National Read a Book Day, I decided to take part in the hype surrounding the return of The Great American Read. The television show returns to PBS next week on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. It will detail the host’s journey to discover the top 100 favorite books in America.
The list includes many books new and old that can now claim the distinction of being considered a classic. I kid you not, Fifty Shades of Grey is on the list! You can vote for your favorite if you’re willing to sign up for an account or with your Facebook or email. For the record, I preferred not to.
Part of what I find so fun about this program is that it aims to poll the U.S. as a whole, not just your academic friends and literary circles. It will show what books stand the test of time amongst people as a whole, not just those who have made reading a significant part of their lives.
So in honor of the return of The Great American Read (and since I don’t have a book review to share today), I decided to share the list of books that I can personally say I’ve read from PBS’s list of 100 Books, along with my picks from the list that I would like to read one day.
The Books I’ve Read
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain *
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie *
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger *
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Chronicles of Narnia (Series) by C.S. Lewis
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
- The Hunger Games (Series) by Suzanne Collins
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Left Behind (Series) by Tim LaHaye/ Jerry B. Jenkins
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton *
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline *
- The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (Note: far from my favorite Vonnegut novel!)
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee *
- The Twilight Saga (Series) by Stephenie Meyer
The Books I Would Like to Read
- 1984 by George Orwell
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
- The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- Ghost by Jason Reynolds
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Hitchhikers’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- White Teeth by Zadie Smith
I already own Catch-22, so that one I could tick off this list soon with a little motivation. Some of these books I have less interest in reading but could see myself picking them up from the library if I had nothing else to read. The books I find myself most eager to get my hands on are Americanah, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Joy Luck Club, and White Teeth.
❧ ☙ END NOTE ☙ ❧
I spent much of morning on this post, but with my remaining hours before and after work, I’m going to try to finish up Rebel Spring in honor of National Read a Book Day. I’ve been “Currently Reading” it for far too long and I’m ready to move on to something new! ^_^
Do you have time today to drop everything and read?
What are you reading today?