PBS Great American Read.
PBS Great American Read is a new eight-part series spotlighting America’s 100 best-loved novels. American voters chose these top novels in a national survey. We are providing a link to the series and timing here. The fall kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at 8pm.
Though we were aware of the project, what caught our attention was an essay in the Wall Street Journal about the survey results and an opinion as to what the results indicate about American reading tastes and preferences.
The lead observation in the essay is that Americans responding in the survey tend to care more about storytelling than literary quality.
But we were intrigued to read the observation that Americans tend to care greatly about books we read as children, teens and young adults. Beloved titles from Americans’ early years show up disproportionately in survey results.
Perhaps you’ll find favorites, too.
Cynthia’s favorite book as a teen is Alexandre Dumas‘ The Count of Monte Cristo, and it makes an appearance on the list. A nephew remembers fondly The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Our sons recently read The Giver and A Separate Peace as summer reading assignments.
Check it out and see if any of your favorites make an appearance! Maybe you’ll find a new favorite, too.