The eight-part series culminates in a vote for America’s favorite book.
Love books? If so, we have just the program for you. Tune into PBS this summer to follow along with The Great American Read, an eight-part series hosted by Meredith Vieira that celebrates the world of reading. The series will have its premiere on May 22, when it will launch into an exploration of books, reading, and storytelling with the goal of getting people conversing about the books they love. The culmination of the series will be the reveal of America’s best-loved book, which will be chosen in an online vote. (Get ready: Voting opens on May 22 at 8/7c!)
In preparation for the vote, PBS compiled The Great American Read 100 List, which is filled with books spanning the genres and from which readers can choose their favorites. The list includes fiction for young adults (Where the Red Fern Grows, Hatchet), classics (The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice), and contemporary favorites (The Intuitionist, Gilead) alike. It also includes a few of our favorite novels—Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, to name just a few—among many other fantastic books. You can see the full list of 100 books and print your own reading checklist at pbs.org. You can also take the online quiz to see how many of the 100 books you’ve already read.
If you’re not already convinced to tune in and start reading, The PBS Great American Read offers a few compelling arguments, such as: “6 minutes of reading a day can reduce stress by up to 68%,” “30 minutes of reading burns 50% more calories than 30 minutes of watching TV,” and “More than 40% of frequent readers ages 6 to 10 were read aloud to at home by their parents.” Say no more: We’re already planning our summer reading lists and can’t wait to tune in on May 22.
For more book recommendations, check out our lists of 50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once and 50 Classic Books Everyone Should Read in their Lifetime.
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Which books will you be voting for once The Great American Read begins? Will you tune in to the series on PBS this summer?