THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, hosted by Meredith Vieira, is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. The series will engage audiences with a list of 100 diverse books. Audiences are encouraged to read the books, vote from the list of 100, and share their personal connections to the titles. TGAR premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8pm on WMHT with a launch special, kicking off a summer of reading and voting. Then in the fall, seven new episodes of the series will air as the quest to find America’s most beloved book.


Explore the List of 100 Books!


Quiz: How Many Books Have You Read From the List of 100?


WMHT is asking you to share "your favorite book" as part of the National Project, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ! Click here  to submit your favorite book to be included on this website.


Half of a Yellow Sun


Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why is this your favorite book?: This is an absolute page turner!

—Avanti, Albany

Childhoods End


Author: Arthur C. Clark

Why is this your favorite book?: An unusual vision of the future.


'Twas the Night Before Christmas


Author: Clement C. Moore

Why is this your favorite book?: My father reads this book to my siblings and I every holiday season. There's a lot of sentimental value with the book/poem and this tradition.

—Danielle, Troy



Author: Min Jin Lee

Why is this your favorite book?: Learning about other cultures, bits of history, family relationships, love and loss.

—Susan, Saratoga Springs



Author: Leon Uris

Why is this your favorite book?: This is a Historical Fiction book about the Struggle for Irish independence set in the mid 19th century ( 1840's) up through the second decade of the 1900's. Primarily focused on the sectarian war between Catholics & Protestants.

—Patrick, Wynantskill