If you were stuck on a desert island with only one book to read, what would you choose? A classic or a modern tale? An old favorite or something new? Luckily, with The Great American Read, you don’t have to choose just one. One hundred titles are in the running to be named the country’s favorite novel, and many are available for you to check out and vote for before the Oct. 18 deadline. See our in-library display for books available for checkout and search the catalog for other formats, including audiobooks and ebooks.
If you need more inspiration, the nationwide reading program has a companion volume, The Book of Books, profiling the novels, the authors, and their impact on American culture. (The library has two copies of The Book of Books, including one on the Hot Picks shelf in the lobby.) Chances are you are familiar with many of the titles, while others may be completely new.
“The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016,” according to the series website. “From beloved world literature to contemporary best sellers, many categories are represented: 20th century American classics, thrillers, young adult novels, sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, romantic stories, and books that represent the human experience told from a diverse range of perspectives.”
Also at the library you’ll find a handy checklist so you can keep track of which books you have read and, of course, continue to explore others well after voting ends.
The final results of the vote will be announced on Oct. 23 during the final episode of The Great American Read television series. That program, hosted by journalist Meredith Vieria, has been broadcasting on PBS since September. Each week explores a different theme such as “Heroes,” “What We Do for Love,” and “Villains and Monsters.”