The Great American Read

Other Worlds

We explore how America’s favorite novels about other worlds reflect our own world.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

Download a PDF list of the 100 books here.

Voting is Open!

Explore the list below and vote for your favorites! You can cast your vote here on the site or on Twitter and Facebook using a hashtag for each book. Click here to view the full details about how to vote.

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How Many Books Have You Read?

Have you read all 100 books? Find out by taking the reading scorecard quiz to get your score and share with your friends!

Meet the host, Meredith Vieira

As host, Meredith Vieira will take viewers on a journey across the country to uncover the nation’s 100 most-loved novels.

Join the Book Club

Get ready to read and discuss the novels, go to Facebook to join The Great American Read Book Club.

Top 10 Books Leading the Pack

The clock is ticking to cast your final votes for America’s best-loved novel. Will your favorite be the winner? To date, more than 3.8 million votes have been cast but it’s still anyone’s game.

As we head into the final week of voting, here is a sneak peek at the TOP 10 BOOKS from the list of 100 that are currently in the lead.

TOP 10 BOOKS

(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER, NOT BY VOTE RANKING)

Charlotte's Web
The Chronicles of Narnia (Series)
Gone with the Wind
Harry Potter (Series)
Jane Eyre
Little Women
The Lord of the Rings (Series)
Outlander (Series)
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird

Vote daily for your favorites through Thursday, October 18th!

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Avid reader Ann Lupo reveals what makes a great book.

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What Makes a Book a Classic?

What makes a book a classic? Is it how many generations read it in high school? Can we call the Harry Potter series a classic now, or is it too soon?

Aimee M. Levesque, professor of English at Buffalo State College, hosts a panel discussion with Kam Jackson, University at Buffalo student, and Baroness Von Smith, author and playwright as part of WNED's Great American Read initiative

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The Great American Read's Young Adult Picks
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When the Book is Better than the Movie | Lindsay

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Which is better, the book or the movie? Since the dawn of cinema, film has been sort of the little brother of the more heady, intellectual medium of novels. And many film adaptations of literature leave viewers and critics saying… “The book was better.” But why do adaptations of beloved stories tend not to live up to the source material?

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An Ode to the Romance Novel
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How Fantasy Reflects Our World
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Crossword Puzzle
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Crossword Puzzle

Test your book knowledge with The Great American Read-inspired crossword puzzle featured in the September 9th edition of The New York Times.

Explore the Books

Explore the book list and visit the book pages to learn more.

Book Checklist

Download the list of books and check off the ones you've read (or want to read).

Join Our Book Club

Ready to discuss your favorites? Go to Facebook to join WNED' s The Great American Read Book Club, a companion book discussion group for The Great American Read!


Project Partners:

WNED-TV
Talking Leaves Books
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Just Buffalo Literary Center