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October 29, 2018

The Great American Read: The Results

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The people have voted and the results for the Great American Read are in and the winners are:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Outlander (Series)
  3. Harry Potter (Series)
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Lord of the Rings

The funny thing to me?  Except for the Outlander series, I think of these as teen reads.

To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my sons favorite middle school/high school books.  When I got a gift card for my birthday, he grabbed Go Set a Watchman. How can a mom say no to a book request?

My son enjoyed Harry Potter but the one who was nuts for this was my niece.  She and her husband are currently running through the audio books whenever they have a long drive. She also loved Pride and Prejudice.

Lord of the Rings was one of those books that everyone read in middle school and high school, back when I was a teen.

What does all of this mean?  Maybe that readers continue to love those teen favorites even as adults.  Maybe that teens loved the same types of books yesterday and today so much so that they often loved the same books.

I’m not surprised that To Kill a Mockingbird was the over all winner. It was a powerful book when it was initially published and the issues that it explores – prejudice and justice – remain vital even today.  Here is that the site for the Great American Read had to say about the voting:

“To Kill a Mockingbird led The Great American Read voting from the first week, and kept the lead for the entire five months of voting, despite strong competition from the rest of our five finalists. It also topped the list of votes in every state except North Carolina (who went for Outlander) and Wyoming (who preferred Lord of The Rings). Such widespread support from readers across the country make To Kill a Mockingbird a worthy winner of The Great American Read.”

Looks like it is time for me to revisit this classic.  Which book would you have voted for?


June 13, 2018

The Great American Read

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I wasn’t at home the night that The Great American Read premiered on PBS so I haven’t yet watched the two hour special.  It’s one of my goals for the upcoming week.  I’m going to watch it while on the treadmill.  But I did immediately go online and check the book list.  100 favorite American novels.  I wondered how many I would have already read.

The answer:  34.

I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the number of books for teens and tweens including Charlotte’s Web, Ready Player One and The Harry Potter books.  And the classics such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Don Quixote.  There were also modern titles, among them Gone Girl.  

Of course there were also a few books that made me shake my head.  But I’m not going to pan anyone here, so there.

Visit your local libraries and book stores now and you will find Great American Read displays.  You can also find the book list and other information, including how to vote, here.

If I understand correctly voting continues throughout the summer.  You can vote on the PBS site.  Or you can tweet your choices using the appropriate hash tags that can be found on the site.  Yes, this means that you can vote more than once which is kind of awesome.  I would hate to have to choose one book over 20 other favorites.  Serious readers will understand.

Why not use this as an excuse to revisit an old favorite or meet a new best friends?



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