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The Great American Read on PBS

Part 2: America's 100 Most-Loved Novels List, Titles 21–40

By Beth Clark • August 03, 2018

A Recap of The Great American Read on PBS

The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading through the prism of America's 100 most-loved novels as chosen in a national survey¹. The series explores how and why writers create their fictional worlds and features documentary segments with testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers across the US.

The 100 books on the list were revealed in the first episode, so no spoilers here, just the goods to get you reading! Also, you can participate in choosing "America's most-loved book" by voting for your favorite—the winner will be announced in the finale.

¹PBS does not endorse any of the books on the list, so for the curious, the FAQs outline the process of selecting the titles on the list.

The Next 20 Books: Titles 21—40

Each title has a hashtag, so you can vote for your favorite book on social media or via SMS. You can also vote on the PBS website, or skip voting altogether and let ThriftBooks help you build a “100 Most-Loved Books” collection.
  1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger — #VOTECatcherRye
  2. Charlotte's Web² by E.B. White — #VOTECharlotte
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis — #VOTENarnia
  4. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel — #VOTECaveBear
  5. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah — #VOTEWinterBook
  6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker — #VOTEColorPurple
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas — #VOTEMonteCristo
  8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky — #VOTECrimeBook
  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon — #VOTECurious
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown — #VOTEDaVinci
  11. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes — #VOTEQuixote
  12. Doña Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos — #VOTEBarbara
  13. Dune by Frank Herbert — #VOTEDune
  14. Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E.L. James — #VOTE50Shades
  15. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews — #VOTEFlowers
  16. Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov — #VOTEFoundation
  17. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — #VOTEFrankenstein
  18. A Game of Thrones (series) by George R.R. Martin — #VOTEGOT
  19. Ghost by Jason Reynolds — #VOTEGhost
  20. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson — #VOTEGilead

²Charlotte's Web was the first book ever sold by ThriftBooks, so we're always happy when it makes a "most" or "best" list.

Happy reading, and keep an eye out for #TheGreatAmericanRead, Part 3 blog post with books 41 through 60 on the PBS list!

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