Hey America, time to opinion for your all-time best reads
June 3, 2018 - Fifty Shades of Grey
To opinion for your favorite in PBS’ The Great American Read, go to pbs.org/the-great-american-read/vote/. Voting is open by September, a leader will be announced in a fall.
As per tradition, my family and we spent Memorial Day weekend in a integrate of rented cabins during Watoga State Park.
For many people — my family members enclosed — such a outing outlines a possibility to get out and suffer nature, be it a bike ride, a travel on a trails, floating down a Greenbrier River on an middle tube.
Or, only sitting in a weed chair in a grass, permitting a bees to hum and a zephyr to blow around their faces.
Nope, this fan of a good indoors instead sees it as an event to review flattering many nonstop for a plain dual to 3 days yet interruption. Save a snooze or two.
I mean, what could be some-more glorious, really?
Since we initial schooled how to do it, reading has been my favorite pastime. More than movies. More than shopping. Maybe even some-more than petting dogs. (Maybe.)
So we was super vehement when we listened about PBS’ The Great American Read. Any forgive to speak about books and inspire my associate bibliophiles to do a same is A-OK with me.
In box we haven’t listened about it yet, The Great American Read is a pro-reading plan launched by PBS in an bid to learn a country’s best-loved book.
Based on prior surveys, a folks during open broadcasting have combined a list of a 100 many renouned novels in America. Now, it’s adult to us to opinion for a favorites, until, ultimately, they’ve narrowed it down to a singular No. 1.
The 100 List is sincerely diverse, containing all from critical novel to officious fluff.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” series, anyone?
Yeah, me neither, yet hey. America has spoken, we guess.
For my taste, there are during slightest a dozen clever contenders, trimming from Stephen King’s “The Stand,” to Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” to Jane Austen’s extraordinary “Pride Prejudice.”
Other appreciated stories of cave that done a list embody Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to a Galaxy,” Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” S.E. Hinton’s “The Outsiders,” E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” Wilson Rawls’ “Where a Red Fern Grows” and Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.”
Other plain picks: Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” and Harper Lee’s undying classic, “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
And, of course, maybe a biggest literary journey of all time — and a many expected to win out in a end, in my opinion — J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of a Rings” trilogy.
Then there are a titles on a list that give me uncanny feels — books we like, for several reasons, yet that we wouldn’t accurately call good (never mind great). “The Clan of a Cave Bear” and “Flowers in a Attic,” for instance. (I censure nostalgia.)
And I’m a bit bummed to see some of my favorites blank — “The Fountainhead,” “The Thornbirds,” In Cold Blood,” and “The Shadow of a Wind,” to name a few.
Still, it’ll be super formidable to slight my choice down to only one.
I can tell you, yet a doubt, though, that should a aforementioned “Fifty Shades” take a tip spot, or “Twilight,” or “The Notebook,” we might swear off PBS, and presumably Americans, forever.
But we will never, ever stop reading.
After all, as George RR Martin (whose “A Game of Thrones” is on a list) once said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies”
And he doesn’t even have to go outward to do it.
Katie McDowell is a lifestyles writer/copy editor for The Dominion Post. Email her during firstname.lastname@example.org.