Did you want The Great American read on PBS? I missed it the night it came out but caught it online. Here’s a link if you want to learn more about it. We have a Roku for streaming and watching shows so I downloaded the PBS app and was able to watch it from there. Kelli watched it with me.
The premise of the show is to pick the favorite book of all times….wow, that’s a monumental task.
I enjoyed listening to the show as I picked up on a few books that I’d like to read and also came out with another take. I want to go back and read some of the books.
Who had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in high school….ME! I did. I remember reading it and liking it. I remember Aunt Polly and whitewashing the fence but I don’t remember everything else from it.
I also remember reading 1984 in high school…also required reading…. We graduated in 1984 so the English teachers having us read it was almost a necessity. I remember “Big Brother”…but again, not a lot else.
…and Grapes of Wrath… I remember all of us making jokes about how in the opening in takes pages and pages for the turtle to cross the road. I don’t remember a lot more than that.
Some I read on my own as a teen…and loved them so much I read them again as an adult….Anne of Green Gables, I read the whole series.
The Outsiders. Oh my I loved that book. I learned that the author was in high school when she wrote the book…Oh I wanted to be her. I still love this book.
I read Flowers in the Attic and remember trying to keep it away from my mom so she didn’t know….
..and a list of mine wouldn’t be complete without To Kill a Mockingbird. Again..I’ve read this several times.
I was an English major in college…I was required to read so many books…. I have little to say about any of them. We were required to read them over the span of about 4 days each. There was no time to “enjoy” them. No time at all. I think I read more of the “Cliff Notes” version than I read of the books. This kind of makes me sad.
Some I read to my kids and love myself….the Hatchet series. YES please!!
Some I read as an adult…..
and this one I just read and reviewed here on the blog.
Kelli was watching with me and was a little miffed about some of the selections like…
I explained to Kelli that for some people, this is one of the only books they’ve read. I also explained that at the time The Adventures of Tom Sawyer came out, it was probably the most popular book. We’ve just gone a little down hill as a society in terms of what we think is literature.
I did find some I want to read….
But…in the end, there is always my forever favorites….two books.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn…
and Gone with the Wind.
After looking at the list cone thing I did come to realize is that I love books with a strong woman character. I love books that make me think. I love books that are “coming of age” stories. There were quite a few fantasy books on the list and they have never been something I like. Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia are just not something I enjoy. I like predictable and normal. I’ve never been a fantasy girl and remember cringing all the way through The Hobbit.
One thing I do know…I am going to be looking for a few of these books and adding them to my reading list. Many of them are actually books I read back a long time ago….Like Where the Red Fern Grows and Call of the Wild and 1984. I am curious to know what I’d think of them as an adult. During the show one of the authors they interviewed said that books can touch us in different ways and at different times as we travel through life. I wonder if I read that passage about the turtle crossing the road in Grapes of Wrath if I might understand why the author put it in the book…at the time, I thought is was ridiculous. I also know that I’d love to read The Great Gatsby again….I did like that one the first time around.
Ah…Books, books, books. I do love them. My daughter Kayla happened to have written a blog post about the same show, “The Great American Read”. You can check out her take on it by going to her blog Pin’s Needles. You can also keep up with her saga of her dog Tony who has been having a tough time of things lately. She’s been blogging often now so you might want to check that out.
Did you watch the show? How did you feel about the books that made the list? Me…I’m off to vote. At the end of the summer they will be doing another show and reveal America’s favorite book.