Whether it’s rediscovering an old favorite or engaging with a new title, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ aims to inspire people to read, vote and share their personal connections to titles on the top 100 book list over the course of the summer and beyond.
The Great American Read is the most expansive national celebration of books and reading aimed at engaging multi-generational readers across multiple platforms. Ultimately, it culminates in the first-ever national vote to choose “America’s Best-Loved Book.” The winning book will be announced in October.
The top 100 book list is based on a demographically and statistically representative survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of PBS for The Great American Read. To find out how the top 100 books were chosen, go to this FAQ section.
The chosen books span five centuries, from Don Quixote (1603) to Ghost (2016). Authors from 15 different countries are represented, with genres ranging from beloved children’s classics such as Charlotte’s Web to modern best-sellers such as Twilight.
How many books on the list have you read? Click here to take the quiz.
Explore the book list and visit the book pages to learn more. You can also print a checklist of the books.