Embark on the Great American Read
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If you’re finding yourself with extra time while on summer break, or you’re an unemployed future graduate trying to figure out what your near future might look like, consider joining in on PBS’s Great American Read! On May 22, PBS will air the beginning of an eight-episode series about America’s favorite books, featuring discussions with a wide range of authors, celebrities, and novel superfans about what they love about their favorite fiction. Everyone is invited to read voraciously throughout the summer, culminating in a nationwide vote to determine what America’s favorite book is.
PBS states that the project is “designed to get the country reading and talking passionately about books” and “investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.”
The results of a preliminary nationwide survey were published last week, listing the top 100 favorite books of US citizens. After the premiere episode in May, the series takes a summer hiatus to allow for participants to spend their summer reading as much as they can. After voting, it is one of these books that will come out the ultimate favorite.
The Top 100 list covers a wide range of literature. Classics on the list include Jane Eyre, 1984, Gone with the Wind, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, and Pride and Prejudice.
A good amount of more modern and diverse literature also made the cut, including Americanah, White Teeth, Things Fall Apart, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Color Purple, The Book Thief, and Beloved.
Keeping company with these revered literary novels are books such as Fifty Shades of Gray, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and Gone Girl. USA Today appreciates that “there’s nothing snobby about The Great American Read.”
Get reading, and join readers across America in this celebratory and informative look at the importance of reading and storytelling! See PBS.org/greatamericanread for the full list and more details.