The Great American Read sparked my interest in the classics. I hadn’t picked up more than one or two in the past. Ok, so I picked up 15. Actually, I picked up a lot, but only finished 15 before the show aired. This list of 100 books was overwhelming at first, but it gave me a jumping off point for getting into the classics.
It also helped with the list of books for classics book club. There were so many on there that I would never have picked up if it weren’t for the list and book club.
The top ten was released.
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander (Series), by Diana Gabaldon
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
I have read 7 of them. Only one of those seven was read after the top 100 list was published. Not bad. I guess the list is pretty spot on. The finale of the show is tomorrow night, but I will be in class. I’ll have to watch it Wednesday.
BBC published a list a few years ago, and that list is pretty good, too. I hope to get through several of those, too.