PBS has launched its eight-part series about 100 of America’s most loved novels/series (chosen by a survey of readers), tonight with a two-hour special. I know I’m late sharing this, but c’mon! Stop whatever you’re doing right now and turn on your local PBS station! If you can’t, more themed episodes will be airing in the Fall. This summer the host of Read, Meredith Viera, will be traveling all over the country visiting authors and bibliophiles. There will also be a multi-platform initiative which is to involve social media, live public events, and national book clubs. And, you can vote for your favorite fiction novel(s) from the top 100 finalists by visiting PBS every day, all summer long!
The list is truly eclectic ranging from children’s classics like Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery; and Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White, to popular modern novels like Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer; The Stand, Stephen King; Beloved, by Toni Morrison; Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline; and Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. And of course there are beloved and respected classics like Another Country, by James Baldwin; Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien; and Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. And for rabid fandoms there’s Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (Please don’t vote for that! Just kidding!); Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling; and Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin.
So let’s go my fellow book enthusiasts! This is the ultimate talent show, only instead of singers or dancers, we have the unique opportunity to vote for the novel(s) that had a huge impact on our lives. VOTE!