Great American Read

Last week, I visited the local library. Upon entering, they had a list titled the Great American Read. List courtesy of PBS. You can visit to learn more! Check out the list for a choice of summer reads!

Below you will find the books listed. (I will * & bold the ones I’ve read)

  • 1984 -George Orwell
  • A Confederacy of Dunces -John Kennedy Toole
  • A Prayer for Owen Mary -John Irving
  • A Separate Peace -John Knowles
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn -Betty Smith
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
  • The Alchemist- Paulo Coelho
  • *Alex Cross Mysteries (series)-James Patterson
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  • Americanah -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • And Then There Were None- Agatha Christie
  • Anne of Green Gables- Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Another Country – James Baldwin
  • Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison
  • Bless Me, Ultima- Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Díaz
  • The Call of the Wild- Jack London
  • Catch 22- Joseph Helper
  • *The Catcher in the Rye– J.D. Salinger
  • *Charlotte’s Web– E.B. White
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series)- C.S. Lewis
  • Clan of the Cave Near- Jean M. Abel
  • Coldest Winter Ever- Sister Souljah
  • *The Color Purple– Alice Walker
  • The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas
  • Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time- Mark Haddon
  • The Da Vinci Code- Dan Brown
  • Don Quixote- Miguel de Cervantes
  • Doña Bárbára- Rómulo Gallegos
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • *Fifty Shades of Grey (series)-E.L. James
  • Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews
  • Foundation (series)- Isaac Asimov
  • *Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Game of Thrones (series)-George R. R. Martin
  • Ghost- Jason Reynolds
  • Gilead- Marilynne Robinson
  • *The Giver– Lois Lowry
  • The Godfather- Mario Puzo
  • Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
  • Gone with the Wind- Margaret Mitchell
  • Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
  • *The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gulliver’s Travels- Jonathan Swift
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • *Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling
  • Hatchet (series)- Gary Paulsen
  • Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad
  • The Help- Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adam’s
  • The Hunger Games (series)- Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunt for Red October- Tom Clancy
  • The Institionist- Colson Whitehead
  • *Invisible Man– Ralph Ellison
  • *Jane Eyre– Charlotte Brontë
  • The Joy Luck Ckub- Amy Tab
  • Jurassic Park- Michael Crichton
  • Left Behind (series) – Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
  • The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint- Exupéry
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Lonesome Dove- Larry MvMurty
  • Looking for Alaska- John Green
  • The Lord of the Rings (series)- J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  • The Martian- Andy Weir
  • Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden
  • Mind Invaders- Dave Hunt
  • Moby-Dick- Herman Melville
  • *The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
  • Outlander (series) – Diana Gabaldon
  • *The Outsiders– S.E. Hinton
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • The Pilgrims Progress- John Bunyan
  • The Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Ready Player One- Ernest Cline
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • *The Shack– William P. Young
  • Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  • The Sirens of Titan- Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Stand- Stephen King
  • *The Son Also Rises– Ernest Hemingway
  • Swan Song- Robert McCammon
  • Tales of the City (series)- Armistead Maupin
  • *Their Eyes Were Watching God– Zora Neale Hurston
  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • This Present Darkness – Frank E. Peretti
  • *To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • *The Twilight Saga (series) – Stephenie Meyers
  • War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Watchers- Dean Koontz
  • The Wheel of Time (series)- Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • *Where the Red Fern Grows– Wilson Rawls
  • White Teeth- Zaddie Smith
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

As much as I love to read, I’ve found that I am falling short on reading the Great American Reads. Today I am challenging myself & you as well to read this list of books this summer!

**Tune in on August 31st and I will update the list and show my progress!

How many of these have you read?

Is your favorite book on the list? If not? What’s your favorite book?? Comment below!


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