While I find promotion of reading through a television series a little odd, I love the idea of the Great American Read. The top 100 novels selected by national survey is broad in scope, but I do question some of the titles that made it to the top 100, feeling this is more a projection of a title’s contemporary popularity rather than the voters’ mindful reflection of best loved novels that might have been read over a lifetime. The list, however, is otherwise alluring especially to those who wish to be better readers or more prolific readers.
Goodreads.com has joined in the fun with a matching list providing a user-friendly way to managing your progress, especially in conjunction with their yearly reading challenge. Goodreads.com hosts a site wide reading challenge every year beginning in January, allowing participants to elect how many books they would like to read over the course of a year, and track their reading progress along the way. I’ve found this to be a fantastic way to challenge myself to read more throughout the year, and with each successive year. Additionally, goodreads members have produced hundreds of themed lists, including the avid reader’s answer to the Great American Read list: The Great American Read – What they missed.