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The Great American Read on PBS

Part 5: "America's 100 Most-Loved Novels" List, Titles 61-80

By Beth Clark • August 24, 2018

The Great American Read is a PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading as the core of an ambitious digital, educational, and community outreach campaign designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books. One hundred books, to be exact, so here are books 81-100 on the list! (If you missed the first four blog posts with titles 1-80, start here.)

What is The Great American Read?

The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS 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 novel" by voting for your favorite—the winner will be announced in the series finale.

¹PBS doesn't actually endorse any of the books on the list, so for the curious, the FAQs outline the process of how the titles were selected.

America's 100 Most-Loved Novels, Titles 81—100

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. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — #VOTEPlayer1
  2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier — #VOTERebecca
  3. The Shack by William P. Young — #VOTETheShack
  4. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse — #VOTESidd
  5. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut — #VOTESirens
  6. The Stand by Stephen King — #VOTETheStand
  7. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway — #VOTESunRises
  8. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon — #VOTESwanSong
  9. Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin — #VOTETalesCity
  10. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston — #VOTEWatchingGod
  11. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe — #VOTEFallApart
  12. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti – #VOTEDarkness
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — #VOTEMockingbird
  14. The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephenie Meyer — #VOTETwilight
  15. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy — #VOTEWarPeace
  16. Watchers by Dean Koontz — #VOTEWatchers
  17. The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson — #VOTEWheelTime
  18. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls — #VOTERedFern
  19. White Teeth by Zadie Smith — #VOTEWhiteTeeth
  20. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë — #VOTEWuthering

Happy reading, and keep an eye out for #TheGreatAmericanRead updates, including an "America’s Most-Loved Novel" winner announcement following the grand finale episode, which airs on Tuesday, October 23.

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