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message 1: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
Did anyone watch the opening 2 hr show? I thought I'd post a link to what this is about because it seems like something all bibliophiles would be interested in. Be sure to look over the list of 100 books and see what you've already read and what you might have to add to your already over-burdened TBR. :)
And then vote for the book you think should be #1.

https://www.pbs.org/the-great-america...

From the website:
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series 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). It investigates 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.


message 2: by ElleEm (new)

ElleEm | 155 comments I've heard a lot about it and want to watch it but missed the premier show. I hope they replay it but I will record the rest of the episodes.


message 3: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
ElleEm wrote: "I've heard a lot about it and want to watch it but missed the premier show. I hope they replay it but I will record the rest of the episodes."

You can watch the first episode at the above link. :)


message 4: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11291 comments Mod
this sounds fun, I didn't know anything about it.


message 5: by WendyB (last edited May 30, 2018 03:57PM) (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
Latasha wrote: "this sounds fun, I didn't know anything about it."

It's very interesting to see the books that were chosen and hear people talk about what the books mean to them.

I've read 45 of the books on the list. I'll try a few more but I doubt I would read all 100 of them. A few of them don't appeal to me.


message 6: by J. (new)

J. Gowin Most of the list looks like great novels, but there are a few choices that give me pause. For instance, the Twilight series made the list, but Dracula did not. That worries me.


message 7: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list.


message 8: by David (new)

David Brian (davidbrian) | 1621 comments I've read 34 on that list, which is a few more than I'd expected.


message 9: by David (new)

David Brian (davidbrian) | 1621 comments WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."

Likewise.


message 10: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11291 comments Mod
WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."

what?! :(


message 11: by ElleEm (new)

ElleEm | 155 comments WendyB wrote: "ElleEm wrote: "I've heard a lot about it and want to watch it but missed the premier show. I hope they replay it but I will record the rest of the episodes."

You can watch the first episode at the..."


Thanks, Wendy!


message 12: by Erin (new)

Erin (ems84) | 7701 comments WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."

That is shocking!


message 13: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
Corinne wrote: "Listopia list if you want to see them all easily and do a GRs vote.
https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1..."


thanks. It's interesting to see what GR thinks are the top books on the list.
Just remember to vote on the PBS site too!


message 14: by Perry (new)

Perry Lake | 325 comments WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."
"Dracula" was written by Bram Stoker, an Irishman living in England, and is therefore not considered an American novel.
But yeah, putting "Twilight" on the list is a travesty.


message 15: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11291 comments Mod
Perry wrote: "WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."
"Dracula" was written by Bram Stoker, an Irishman living in England, and is therefore not considered an American novel.
But yeah, ..."


what?!?!


message 16: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
Perry wrote: "WendyB wrote: "I was shocked too that Dracula wasn't on the list."
"Dracula" was written by Bram Stoker, an Irishman living in England, and is therefore not considered an American novel.
But yeah, ..."


If you look over the list you'll see it includes many non-American authors. The title of the show can be a bit misleading. It's about the books Americans love no matter who wrote them.


message 17: by J. (new)

J. Gowin Perry,

I agree that Stoker isn't an American author. However, the list is books beloved by Americans. So they take anything published in English. The list includes Orwell, Cervantes and Doesteyevsky among other foreigners to our hallowed shores. Though I would be more than happy to grant them citizenship, belated as it may be, provided someone can expunge the Twilght sin from our nation's cultural soul.


message 18: by Alan (new)

Alan | 5559 comments Mod
OMG Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight are on the list....

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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 876 comments I've been excited for it for months. The episode was enjoyable, but I was hoping it would be aired regularly. Been trying to vote on different 'favorites' daily.


message 20: by Alan (last edited May 31, 2018 09:00PM) (new)

Alan | 5559 comments Mod
Corinne wrote: "Alan wrote: "OMG Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight are on the list...."

lol. nice .gif"


I have finally learned how to post gifs here. They shall be used early and often from now on. May Cthulhu have mercy on your souls. Muhahahaha


message 21: by Erin (new)

Erin (ems84) | 7701 comments Alan wrote: "OMG Fifty Shades of Grey and Twilight are on the list....

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I know, there are really no words.


message 22: by David (last edited Jun 01, 2018 03:40AM) (new)

David Brian (davidbrian) | 1621 comments Erin wrote "I know, there are really no words."

There really are. Although the mods would probably remove them.


message 23: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
David wrote: "Erin wrote "I know, there are really no words."

There really are. Although the mods would probably remove them."


hmmm... I don't think we have any policy against 4-letter words. And if anything called for a few choice words, the selection of Twilight and Shades of Grey just might qualify. ;)


message 24: by WendyB (new)

WendyB  | 3411 comments Mod
Corinne wrote: "People kept adding books to the list so they made a "what they missed list"

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1..."


Interesting choices on that list. It shows the problem with trying to reduce the vast number of books and the varied tastes of avid readers to just 100 books.


message 25: by Alan (last edited Jun 01, 2018 04:49PM) (new)

Alan | 5559 comments Mod
David wrote: "Erin wrote "I know, there are really no words."

There really are. Although the mods would probably remove them."


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message 26: by J. (new)

J. Gowin Words? OK.

From Mr. Rogers and Big Bird teaching a generation of latchkey kids the values of kindness and scholarship to Nova and Frontline helping us all to see ourselves a little more clearly, PBS has been a source of clarity in a muddled and unfriendly world. Now they have stooped to giving us critiques on both a middle school age fantasy about a glittering beta male and mommy porn that includes a scene in which our "heroine" uses a butt plug while riding a jet ski. This bodes ill for the Republic.

Do those words work or should I have gone with, "what the literal fuck?"


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* (erinpaperbackstash) | 876 comments I know they have received a lot of flack for having those two on the list. I'm a member of their Facebook book group and following the trends on Twitter, so I've definitely seen the griping. To be fair, they didn't choose any of the books themselves but polled a certain number of random Americans (I believe the number was 3000) and reported the honest picks. Considering many Americans don't actually read much other than some of the 'popular trends', I'm not that surprised those two made the list. In some cases it may be the only books read by some of the voters!


message 28: by Erin (new)

Erin (ems84) | 7701 comments WendyB wrote: "David wrote: "Erin wrote "I know, there are really no words."

There really are. Although the mods would probably remove them."

hmmm... I don't think we have any policy against 4-letter words. And..."


Good to know!


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