What is your most-loved read? Through a national survey, PBS has shared a list of 100 of the most well-loved reads, which will be the focus of an eight-part series over the summer. Want info on how the books were chosen and how the process works? Here's some official deets. Want to hear what we have to say about this? LISTEN UP, FRIENDS:
Here are some things we mentioned and thoughts to think:
The 100 Great Reads list contains only 33 books by women, 18 by POC, and a combined SEVEN books by Women of Color. How did this happen?? What books were on the canon when you were in school, and how has that impacted your reading history?
According to Pew Research, Americans read an average of 12 books per year, while the typical (median) American has read 4 books in the last 12 months. How do you compare to the average?
What books would you add to this list? Here are a few of ours:
- Eleanor & Park
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Salvage the Bones
- House on Mango Street
- Like Water for Chocolate
- Brown Girl, Brownstones
- The Dew Breaker
- The Namesake
- Everything I Never Told You
- The Poisonwood Bible
...also, Polli sorta sang some Prince...
P.S. if you were chosen for this survey, PLEASE AT US. We are so curious to know what the experience was like, and what you said!
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