The Great American Read

We’re so excited to tell you about The Great American Read. It’s an 8 part PBS series created to get people reading and talking about books. They’ve curated a list of 100 fiction titles that people love best as voted on by a national survey. Read more about how the top 100 were chosen here.

You can watch The Great American Read television show on your local PBS channel or on It’s hosted by Meredith Veira who facilitates analysis of the books chosen and how they represent our American culture.

So how can you participate? We’ve listed the titles alphabetically below and they are linked to our library’s catalog. If you’re interested in reading some (or all!) of the titles that the nation has chosen, WNPL is here for you. You can also print The Great American Read List to use as a checklist.

If you’d like to take it a step further, you can follow The Great American Read Club on Facebook to discuss the various books with other fans.

Which have you read and which are on your list? Let us know in the comments below!


1984 by George Orwell

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Alex Cross Mysteries (Series) by James Patterson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

Another Country by James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia (Series) by C.S. Lewis

The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos

Dune by Frank Herbert

Fifty Shades of Grey (Series) by E.L. James

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

Foundation (Series) by Isaac Asimov

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Game of Thrones (Series) by George R.R. Martin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Smith

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling

Hatchet (Series) by Gary Paulsen

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hunger Games (Series) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Left Behind (Series) by Tim LaHaye

The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Lord of the Rings (Series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Martian by Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Outlander (Series) by Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Shack by William P. Young

-Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

The Stand by Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Tales of the City (Series) by Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Twilight Saga (Series) by Stephenie Meyer

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Watchers by Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time (Series) by Robert Jordan

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte