Most library users have a strong opinion on what book is the greatest of all time, but PBS has taken on a huge undertaking in asking all of us to literally take a vote for a new program. Dubbed The Great American Read, the program looks to explore and unveil the United States’ “most-loved” novels through an eight-part series. The initial 100-book list was compiled by a 13-member advisory panel of literary professionals after surveying more than 7,000 Americans on their favorites. The books range from modern titles like The Hunger Games and Gone Girl to literary classics like Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
The selection criteria ensured that all titles were works of fiction, that single authors were limited to one title on the list, that books must be published in an English translation, and that books published in series (such as Harry Potter) could be included as a single item on the list.