THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey) which will culminate this fall with America’s most loved novel. For book lists and more, visit website.

Click on the links below to borrow the Great American Read books from the library.

If you choose to purchase any of these books from Amazon, please select the Kenton County Public Library Foundation through the Amazon Smiles program

1984 by George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces by  John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Alex Cross Series, Book 23 by James Patterson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Anne of Green Gables / L. M. 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 Wondrous 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, Book 1. 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

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Crime and punishment [electronic resource] 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

Dune; Dune Series, Book 1 by Frank Herbert

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews

Foundation Series, Book 1. Isaac Asimov

Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

A game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Giver : 25th Anniversary Edition

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 Swift

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 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 and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

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

Memoires 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

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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

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 and Brandon Sanderson

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

How many will you read?

Great Amerian Read Booklist




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