Have you heard of The Great American Read?
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.
The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.
The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.
How many of the books have you read?
Here are some of the videos developed by PBS featuring stars like Venus Williams, James Patterson, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
PBS Digital has also started posting animated essays by Lindsay Ellis on different types of literature and why we love them so much.
And there’s a massive online book group for any who want to read through the whole list.
Curious how to help vote for your favorite book? The details are here.
There are lots of resources available for teachers and parents who want to read with their families too!
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A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong.
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Movie was released in 1997. More info here.
We recently published a post about bookish podcasts. But there are far more than just those four. Here are some other book-based podcasts for your listening pleasure.
Candid conversations with authors you love, like C.J. Box, Tana French, Anita Shreve, Clive Cussler, and Amor Towles.
Two guys discuss a bunch of books that tend to either be well-regarded classics, like Animal Farm and The Handmaid’s Tale, or much talked about/controversial fiction, like Twilight and Outlander.
This Dear Abby-style podcast answers readers’ questions from How do I get back into a new novel? and What is “real” reading? to How do I keep my books safe when traveling? and How do I diversify my reading choices?
While not all of these are specifically about books, a lot of them are. Eric Molinsky does a wonderful job interviewing authors and talking with them about various themes from various alliases like The First Three Lives of Catherine Webb, explorations of lesser-known authors like The Mysterious James Tiptree Jr., and discussions of controversial topics like Fanfiction (Don’t Judge).
Fan of romance? Not sure what people find in this genre? Try this clever podcast by romance lovers, about romance. Highlights include: The Books that Made us Romance Readers, Alpha Women, Heroine Friendships, and Supernatural Romance, and Romance, Dating, and Very Real Expectations.
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Previous podcast recommendations.
Did you know that all Vermonters now have access to hundreds of newspapers and ancestry records online for free?
Getting signed up is a bit of a pain, but this post is here to explain how to get yourself started.
First you have to sign up for a MyVermont.gov account. Head over to this page and under Create a myVermont.gov Account click the Create Account >> button.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century—Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
This deliciously haunting- historical fiction was written by a native Aussie, and it’s a bestseller in the UK. It features lovely imagery, sort of gothic in tone, and if you like the idea of people living in decaying castles and solving mysteries this read is for you. Secrets, suspicions, and an ending that wraps everything up perfectly–this would be a great read for any mystery fan, or reader who enjoys family intrigue or gothic literature.
Interested in branching out to YA? Not sure where to start? Here are a couple of recommendations from our collection.
Do you like Historic Fiction?
Try The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack
The story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, through WWII.