The Great American Read

Preview The Great American Read

PBS has unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels as part of The Great American Read, a new PBS series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. The Great American Read, hosted by television personality and journalist Meredith Vieira, launches with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on KTNW and other PBS stations. The first episode will introduce viewers to the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels selected through a demographically representative national survey.

Northwest Public Broadcasting is playing a role in The Great American Read. Here are just a few of the things that have been planned for you:

  • A local portal on our website, will feature the list of America’s 100 favorite novels; ways to vote for your favorite book and connect with the national conversation; written book reports from hosts, staff members and you; interviews with authors; and material you can print at home to use throughout The Great American Read.
  • Viewers and listeners will be able to submit videos that NWPB might use on air and on social media. These videos will range from station identification to testimonials in which you can encourage people to support your favorite book. Remember Reading Rainbow? Yup, we want those kinds of reviews! Details will be released closer to May 22nd at
  • Posters and bookmarks will be available at select libraries, bookstores and NWPB offices. Swing by and pick up a few to share.

These are just some of the local highlights to look forward to during The Great American Read. Of course we’ll share all that PBS and other local stations have to offer. We can’t wait to get started and hope this summer is filled with books, family conversations and learning.

Voting will open with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode on May 22 on KTNW and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the grand finale in October 2018. Over the summer, everyone will be able to vote at and via Facebook and Twitter using #GreatReadPBS.

The chosen books span five centuries, from Don Quixote (1603) to Ghost (2016). Authors from 15 different countries are represented and genres range from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web to modern best-sellers such as Twilight.

An Inside Look at the list

Download the list here and check off the ones you’ve read

The List

Below is the full list of America’s 100 favorite novels:

A Confederacy of Dunces
Heart of Darkness
A Game of Thrones
The Help
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
A Separate Peace
The Hunger Games
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Hunt for Red October
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Intuitionist
The Alchemist
Invisible Man
Alex Cross Mysteries**
Jane Eyre
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Joy Luck Club
Jurassic Park
And Then There Were None
Left Behind
Anne of Green Gables
The Little Prince
Another Country
Little Women
Atlas Shrugged
Lonesome Dove
Looking for Alaska
Bless Me, Ultima
The Lord of the Rings**
The Book Thief
The Lovely Bones
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Martian
The Call of the Wild
Memoirs of a Geisha
Mind Invaders
The Catcher in the Rye
Moby Dick
Charlotte’s Web
The Notebook
The Chronicles of Narnia**
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Coldest Winter Ever
The Outsiders
The Color Purple
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Crime and Punishment
The Pillars of the Earth
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Pride and Prejudice
The Da Vinci Code
Ready Player One
Don Quixote
Doña Barbara
The Shack
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Sirens of Titan
Flowers in the Attic
The Stand
The Sun Also Rises
Swan Song
Tales of the City
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Giver
Things Fall Apart
The Godfather
This Present Darkness
Gone Girl
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone with the Wind
The Grapes of Wrath
War and Peace
Great Expectations
The Great Gatsby
The Wheel of Time**
Gulliver’s Travels
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Handmaid’s Tale
White Teeth
Harry Potter**
Wuthering Heights

**Denotes a series title