Is anyone else following The Great American Read?
I stopped by the library and the librarian mentioned it and now I’m OBSESSED. PBS interviewed a gazillion people and came up with a list of the top 100 favorite American novels. The books were presented on PBS Tuesday night and there will be events on television and at libraries throughout the summer. Americans are supposed to vote for their favorite novel and it will be revealed this fall.
I have never been able to relate to people who watch March Madness, fight over the Superbowl, or vote for American Idol, but I’m totally sucked into this. How am I to pick a favorite? (How is a person to pick a favorite child?!) How have I not read so many of these books? WHAT IF 50 SHADES OF GREY WINS?!
I love that authors I love introduced the books on the show, like Bryan Stevenson introducing To Kill a Mockingbird. I watched with my list and added stars next to the ones I want to read. I’m so excited to get started on my summer reading!
I can’t imagine picking a favorite, but only three of my favorite top five are on the list: Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. You can vote for one book every day, so I will have to rotate through. Neither The Bell Jar or The Double Bind is on the Top 100 list.
Other favorites missing from the list include:
- Cider House Rules
- The Diary of Anne Frank (although now I see that only fiction could be on the list)
- Little House in the Big Woods (or anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but maybe it’s because her books were based on her life?)
- Perks of Being a Wallflower
- She’s Come Undone
There are many on the list that I was surprised to see. I knew they were popular, but the best?
- Fifty Shades of Grey
- The Hunger Games
Okay. Discuss. Not enough people in my real life are geeking out to my level so I need you folks. What’s missing on the list? What books do you hate on the list? Who are you voting for first?