Top 10 Books Leading The Great American Read

October 11, 2018

As The Great American Read heads into the final week of voting, THIRTEEN is excited to share the top 10 leading books from the list of America’s 100 most-loved novels.

Top 10 Books Leading The Vote

Note: Books are listed in alphabetical order, not by vote ranking.

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Harry Potter (Series), by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Outlander (Series), by Diana Gabaldon
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Votes from New York State have ranked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith at No. 6, but the coming-of-age novel did not make the top 10 in the national votes. To date, more than 3.8 million votes have been cast but it’s still anyone’s game. Vote daily for your favorites through Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.

See the list of 100 books.

There are four ways to vote: online, social hashtag, SMS (text), and toll-free call.

Don’t forget to enter THIRTEEN’s giveaway contest. If you can predict what title will be chosen as “America’s Best-Loved Book,” you’ll be entered a drawing to win all 100 books.

The winning book will be revealed in the “Grand Finale” episode on Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN! Catch up on past episodes of The Great American Read.

Top Books in Popular Genres

Romance

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

Sci-Fi/Horror

The Stand, by Stephen King
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
Foundation (series), by Issac Asimov

Fantasy

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Game of Thrones (series), by George R.R. Martin

Final Top 10 of BBC’s The Big Read

In 2003, Great Britain’s public broadcasting system, the BBC, hosted The Big Read, a similar literary program and vote as The Great American Read. Here is the final ranking of the Top 10 books based on all votes that were submitted by British voters.

1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
8. 1984, by George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

How did the current leading 10 titles from the The Great American Read rank on the final Big Read list in Great Britain? Gone with the Wind came in at place 21. Charlotte’s Web and Outlander were not in the Top 100 at all. The Chronicles of Narnia did not appear on the Big Read list as a series, but that book series’ first and most popular title, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ranked No. 9. See the entire ranking of books in The Big Read.