The Great American Read

As I have finished watching the first episode of the Great American Read, I have decided to read the books on the list. For those of you who are not aware, The Great American Read is a show on PBS that is trying to find America’s most loved novel. More information on it can be found at this doodade.

Here are the 100 books that the American public loves the most:


  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  4. Alex Cross by James Patterson
  5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  6. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. And Then There Were None by Agatha Cristie
  8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  9. Another Country by James Baldwin
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  12. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  13. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  14. The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  15. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  16. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  17. The Catcher in the Rye of J.D. Salinger
  18. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  19. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  20. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  21. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  22. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  23. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  24. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  25. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  26. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  27. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  28. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  29. Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos
  30. Dune by Frank Herbert
  31. Fifty Shades of Gray by EL James (I have not read this book nor will I ever read this book)
  32. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  33. Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
  34. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  35. A Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin (I have only read the first one and plan on reading the rest of the series throughout the summer)
  36. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  37. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  38. The Giver by Lois Lowery 
  39. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  40. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  41. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  42. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  43. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  44. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  45. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  46. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  47. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  48. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  49. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  50. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  51. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  52. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  53. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  54. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  55. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  56. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  57. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  58. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  59. Left Behind series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins(I have only read the first one and I don’t plan on reading the rest of these)
  60. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  61. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  62. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  63. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  64. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  65. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  66. The Martian by Andy Weir
  67. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  68. Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
  69. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  70. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  71. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  72. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 
  73. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  74. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  75. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  76. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  77. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  78. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  79. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  80. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  81. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  82. The Shack by WM Paul Young
  83. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  84. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  85. The Stand by Stephen King
  86. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  87. Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  88. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
  89. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  90. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  91. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
  92. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  93. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  94. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
  95. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  96. Watchers by Dean Koontz
  97. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  98. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  99. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  100. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The ones crossed out I have either read or don’t plan to read. I may read some of those again and if I do they will be highlighted or something! Reviews will be forthcoming on the main blog.

Happy Reading!