The Great American Read: Top Ten
The Great American Read has sparked a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. You voted on 100 novels, which you can see on our The Great American Read playlist.
Here are the top ten best-loved novels in America, according to your votes.
by Harper Lee
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred.
by Diana Gabaldon
Outlander is the first in this eight-book series. This landmark novel of Scottish lore has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Intrigue, danger and desire merge in this lush novel of loyalty and time travel.
by J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series continues to thrill readers, over two decades after the first installment was published. Join us in listening to the many adventures of Harry, Hermione, and Ron at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
by Jane Austen
The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain of country manners. Yet he is drawn in spite of himself to the spirited and intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, who proves to be his match in both wit and pride.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King make up The Lord of the Rings series. Inspired by The Hobbit, and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that Tolkien created to provide “the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues.” From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.
by Margaret Mitchell
As the lives and affairs of its absorbing characters play out against the tumult of the Civil War, Gone With the Wind reaches dramatic heights that have swept generations of fans off their feet.
by E.B. White
E. B. White’s beloved book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
by Louisa May Alcott
This adored classic of four devoted sisters was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story.
by C.S. Lewis
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil — what more could any reader ask for? The Chronicles of Narnia captivates fans with adventures, characters, and truths that speak to readers of all ages.
by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre, the plain yet spirited governess, introduced a new kind of heroine in literature-one whose virtuous integrity, sharp intellect, and tireless perseverance broke through class barriers to win equal stature with the man she loved.