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The Great American Read on PBS

Part 4: "America's 100 Most-Loved Novels" List, Titles 61-80

By Beth Clark • August 17, 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 as promised, here are books 61—80 on the list! (If you missed the first blog post, here you go.)

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 61—80

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. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton — #VOTEJurassic
  2. Left Behind (series) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins — #VOTELeftBehind
  3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry — #VOTEPrinceBook
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott — #VOTELittleWomen
  5. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry — #VOTELonesome
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green — #VOTEAlaska
  7. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien — #VOTELOTR
  8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold — #VOTELovelyBones
  9. The Martian by Andy Weir — #VOTEMartian
  10. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden — #VOTEGeisha
  11. Mind Invaders (also know as The Archon Conspiracy) by Dave Hunt — #VOTEInvaders
  12. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville — #VOTEMobyDick
  13. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks — #VOTENotebook
  14. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez — #VOTE100Years
  15. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon — #VOTEOutlander
  16. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton — #VOTEOutsiders
  17. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde — #VOTEDorian
  18. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan — #VOTEPilgrims
  19. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett — #VOTEPillars
  20. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — #VOTEPridePrej

Happy reading, and keep an eye out for #TheGreatAmericanRead, Part 5 blog post with books 81 through 100 on the PBS list!

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