Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Calling All Bibliophiles and Especially Librarians, Literature and History Teachers.
Get those readers on and the bifocals focusing. Activate those library cards! It is time for the Great American Read!
On May 22, PBS showed the first of an eight-part series exploring and celebrating the power of reading. The Great American Read is 100 best-loved novels chosen in a national survey. It explores what these 100 books say about our great diversity and the human experience we share.
The genres displayed are as varied as readers are. The books are children’s and young adult books, science fiction novels, dystopian worlds, banned books, Pulitzer Prize winners, books by women who had to use their initials to get published, the classics you read in high school and college and just about every book you meant to read at some point.
These are the books that made a significant difference in your life. One is urged to reread some of the books based when you read it high school or college and compare to what you know and have experienced now.
And we get to vote on our favorites. While one only gets to vote once per day, you can vote for as many books as you desire until the end of summer. The finale will air with the number one selected book.
You can also download the list and check those you have read and determine those you will read next.
I thought I was pretty well read, but I have only read 45 of the books listed. I bought five on the list today. My goal is have read 50% of the list by the end of summer. Hint: Start with the juvenile fiction; they are short.
I have already selected the book that I think will be the most powerful book on the list. I am not giving the title, because I have more to read, but unless my bookmarks get blown away, I have chosen my book.
And before I close this chapter, let me rant momentarily.
Whoever thought Fifty Shade of Grey should be on this list should have to read War and Peace twice for punishment. Tell me how this POS and waste of trees made the list and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck did not!