I used to be an avid reader, but somehow along the way got away from reading. The last good book I remember reading was Memoirs of a Geisha – a real page turner for me. Nothing compared to that so I stopped reading and that is probably about the time social media and Facebook popped up into my life and took over.
Last year I wanted to start reading and my neighbor lent me a few books to start with. It has been slow going but for some reason I find myself more and more inspired to read. A few months ago, I found the Facebook Group called The Great American Read while searching for something on the PBS website. At first I thought this group is going to be awful. You can read a book and love it and read another and really dislike it and everyone else will have a different experience themselves. What I found though is that this group does it without the usual arguing that one way is right or wrong. I found myself going there everyday to find the latest reads. I would find them on amazon and read a bit about it and then add it to my ‘to be read list (TBR). I now have a list of hundreds of books!
The idea of the Great American Read is to read the books on the list that was created by a PBS poll on the top. Here is a list of the books.
I just only now found out that the Great American Read was a series on PBS (now I need to go watch that). ” THE GREAT AMERICAN READ was an eight-part series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. It investigated how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. ” PBS
PBS and the producers worked with the public opinion polling service “YouGov” to conduct a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel. Approximately 7,200 people participated which hardly seems like a big enough group to poll on naming the best books of all time…but there you have it.
Anyways….off to read.