The Great American Read

Have you guys heard about The Great American Read on PBS? Basically, it’s a new series on PBS that explores America’s 100 most loved books. You can watch the first episode which is an introduction to all of the books on the list.

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You are probably wondering how did they come up with the list? Well, PBS surveyed thousands of people all over the United States to determine which 100 books American’s love the most. I was so excited to see that my favorite book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, was on the list. And a lot of other books that I have read and enjoyed over the years. Like The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, and a few others.

However, there are also books on the list that I’ve attempted to read because I’ve heard so many people say they are good reads, but I just couldn’t get into the story. Like Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Beloved by Toni Morrison.

There were some books on the list that I read while in high school. Most of the books that I read in high school, I didn’t really like, but I think it’s hard for you to sympathize with adult characters with adult problems when you are still a kid who has never experienced any of these problems. So I’m sure that I would enjoy books like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway a bit more if I read them today.

Some of the books on the list have been on my to-read list for a while. Some of these books include The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, and The Shack by WM Paul Young.

There are some books on the list that I never even considered reading, but know that I’ve learned about them I’m excited to read them. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, and Catch 22 by Joesph Heller are a few of them.

I’ve set a goal of reading at least five books on the list before the series starts back up in the fall. And I’ve already finished one book from the list, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

I’m looking forward to reading more books on The Great American Read list and trying to make my goal before the show starts back up. 🙂

Are any of your favorite books on The Great American Read list?


  • Reply Dre August 11, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I was happy to see a few of my favorites on the list– Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (I should not have been reading that book at such a young age lol), Things Fall Apart, Ready Player One, The Notebook, etc. It was cool to see Toni Morrison and James Baldwin on the list too, as they are two of my favorite authors. Beloved still haunts me and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

    Like you, I didn’t like having to read some of the books listed in school. They seemed boring and so far removed from my own life. I couldn’t understand the importance of reading about so many different characters I couldn’t relate to. But now that I’m older, I will try to revisit some of them.

    Thanks for sharing about the Great American Read program, Sonya. I’ve been meaning to catch it. I see Serena Williams is talking about The Chronicles of Narnia up here, too. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it before the weekend’s over. Great post, lady!

  • Reply Akaleistar August 11, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    There are so many good books on the list, but there are a few that I’m like why are they there? Lol.

  • Reply Tamara August 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Oh yes. I loved The Color Purple and The Joy Luck Club so much!

  • Reply Pat August 22, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I absolutely loved The Shack. Loved it!

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