The Great American Read

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I am interested in doing a comparison of the Great American Read list and the 100 books to read in a lifetime list (of which I have less than half left). The Great American Read has series in the list, so it actually has more than 100 books. Here is the list in the order they were voted:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Outlander (series) by Diana Gabaldon
    1. Outlander √
    2. Dragonfly in Amber √
    3. Voyager √
    4. Drums of Autumn √
    5. The Fiery Cross √
    6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes
    7. An Echo in Bone
    8. Written in my Own Heart’s Blood
    9. Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone
  3. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling √
    1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone √
    2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets √
    3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban √
    4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire √
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix √
    6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince √
    7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows √
    8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two √
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen √
  5. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. The Fellowship of the Ring
    2. The Two Towers
    3. The Return of the King
  6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White √
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott √
  9. The Chronicle’s of Narnia (series) by C.S. Lewis
    1. The Magician’s Nephew
    2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe √
    3. The Horse and His Boy
    4. Prince Caspian
    5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    6. The Silver Chair
    7. The Last Battle
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte √
  11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery √
  12. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck √
  13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  14. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak √
  15. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  √
  16. The Help by Katherine Stockett
  17. The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  18. 1984 by George Orwell
  19. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  20. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  22. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  23. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  24. The Stand by Stephen King
  25. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier √
  26. A Prayer for Owen Meaney by John Irving
  27. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  28. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  29. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens √
  30. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger √
  31. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls √
  32. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  33. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  34. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood √
  35. Dune by Frank Herbert
  36. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  37. The Call of the Wild by Jack London √
  38. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  39. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  40. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
    1. The Hunger Games √
    2. Catching Fire √
    3. Mockingjay √
  41. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas √
  42. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  43. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  44. The Giver by Lois Lowry √
  45. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden √
  46. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  47. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  48. Game of Thrones (series) by George R.R. Martin
    1. A Game of Thrones
    2. A Clash of Kings
    3. A Storm of Swords
    4. A Feast for Crows
    5. A Dance with Dragons
    6. The Winds of Winter
    7. A Dream of Spring
  49. Foundation (series) by Isaac Asimov
    1. Foundation
    2. Foundation and Empire
    3. Second Foundation
    4. Foundation’s Edge
    5. Foundation and Earth
    6. Prelude to Foundation
    7. Forward the Foundation
  50. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  51. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  52. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  53. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  54. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriela Garcia Marquez
  55. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  56. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks √
  57. The Shack by William P. Young
  58. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  59. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
  60. Beloved by Toni Morison
  61. The Martian by Andy Weir
  62. The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
    1. The Eye of the World
    2. The Great Hunt
    3. The Dragon Reborn
    4. The Shadow Rising
    5. The Fires of Heaven
    6. Lord of Chaos
    7. A Crown of Swords
    8. The Path of Daggers
    9. Winter’s Heart
    10. Crossroads of Twilight
    11. Knife of Dreams
    12. The Gathering Storm
    13. Towers of Midnight
    14. A Memory of Light
  63. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse √
  64. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  65. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  66. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon √
  67. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  68. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  69. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold √
  70. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  71. Hatchet (series) by Gary Paulsen
    1. Hatchet
    2. The River
    3. Brian’s Winter
    4. Brian’s Return
    5. Brian’s Hunt
  72. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  73. The Twilight Saga (series) by Stephanie Meyer
    1. Twilight
    2. New Moon
    3. Eclipse
    4. Breaking Dawn
    5. Midnight Sun
  74. Tales of the City (series) by Armistead Maupin
    1. Tales of the City
    2. More Tales of the City
    3. Further Tales of the City
    4. Babycakes
    5. Significant Others
    6. Sure of You
    7. Michael Tolliver Lives
    8. Mary Ann in Autumn
    9. The Days of Anna Madrigal
  75. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
  76. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline √
  77. Left Behind (series) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
    1. Left Behind
    2. Tribulation Force
    3. Nicolae
    4. Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides
    5. Apollyon
    6. Assassins
    7. The Indwelling
    8. The Mark
    9. Desecration
    10. The Remnant
    11. Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages
    12. Glorious Appearing: The End of Days
    13. Kingdom Come: The Final Victory
  78. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn √
  79. Watchers by Dean Koontz
  80. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  81. Alex Cross Mysteries (series) by John Patterson
    1. Along Came a Spider
    2. Kiss the Girls
    3. Jack & Jill
    4. Cat and Mouse
    5. Pop Goes the Weasel
    6. Roses are Red
    7. Violets Are Blue
    8. Four Blind Mice
    9. The Big Bad Wolf
    10. London Bridges
    11. Mary, Mary
    12. Cross
    13. Double Cross
    14. Cross Country
    15. Alex Cross’s Trial
    16. I, Alex Cross
    17. Cross Fire
    18. Kill Alex Cross
    19. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
    20. Alex Cross, Run
    21. Cross My Heart
    22. Hope to Die
    23. Cross Justice
    24. Cross the Line
    25. The People vs. Alex Cross
    26. Target: Alex Cross
    27. Criss Cross
    28. Deadly Cross
  82. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  83. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  84. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  85. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  86. Fifty Shades of Grey (series) by E.L. James √
    1. Fifty Shades of Grey √
    2. Fifty Shades Darker √
    3. Fifty Shades Freed √
  87. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  88. This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
  89. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie √
  90. Another Country by James Baldwin
  91. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya √
  92. Looking for Alaska by John Green √
  93. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  94. Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
  95. Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
  96. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  97. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  98. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  99. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  100. Dona Barbara by Romulo Gallegos

So many of these I have never heard of. So many I would have had higher on the list. Some I will probably never attempt to read. Maybe one year, instead of following the Popsugar and Around the Year reading challenges, I will try this out.


Published by Lili

Single mom trying to find fun and happiness thru the lens.

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