American Favorites

Below is a list of the 63 books by American authors found on the PBS Great American Read list of 100 most-loved books in 2018.

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A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany

John Irving

A Separate Peace

John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty Smith

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

Alex Cross Mysteries (series)

James Patterson

Another Country

James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand


Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

The Call of the Wild

Jack London


Joseph Heller

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever

Sister Souljah

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown


Frank Herbert

Flowers in the Attic

V.C. Andrews

Foundation (series)

Isaac Asimov

A Game of Thrones (series)

George R. R. Martin


Jason Reynolds


Marilynne Robinson

The Giver

Lois Lowry

The Godfather

Mario Puzo

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hatchet (series)

Gary Paulsen

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

The Hunger Games (series)

Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October

Tom Clancy

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton

Left Behind (series)

Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry

Looking for Alaska

John Green

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

The Martian

Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders

Dave Hunt


Herman Melville

The Notebook

Nicholas Sparks

Outlander (series)

Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut

The Stand

Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song

Robert R. McCammon

Tales of the City (series)

Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

This Present Darkness

Frank E. Peretti

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

The Twilight Saga (series)

Stephenie Meyer


Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time (series)

Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls