• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

The Great American Read with PBS!

PBSGreatAmericanReadLogoPBS would like me to remind you about The Great American Read—which I’m delighted to do. The Great American Read is a “new television series, competition and nationwide campaign which explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels, as voted on by the public.”

Outlander-cover-mediumThank you, PBS, and all the readers across the U.S.A. who chose OUTLANDER in the initial survey as one of the 100 most-loved American novels!

The Great American Read program series was launched on PBS on May 22, 2018 when the list of 100 favorite books was revealed in the first two-hour broadcast episode.

Over the summer and into the fall, you will have time to read all 100 books if you choose. Plus you are invited to vote daily and help choose America’s favorite novel from the list of 100! Online voting began on May 22, and will end on October 18, 2018 at midnight (Pacific Time).

Print a checklist of the 100 books.

I should mention—because I got it wrong last time I posted a reminder—that you may vote for any number of books from the list on any given day—you just can’t vote more than once per day for any single book.

Five one-hour ‘themed’ episodes will be aired in the fall which examine concepts common to the groups of books on the list.

During The Great American Read series finale—to be aired on PBS on October 22—results of the nationwide vote to choose America‚Äôs best-loved book (or book series) will be announced!

Vote Using The PBS Website:

So, should you feel moved to vote for your favorite book(s), one method is to visit the PBS voting webpage. With this method, you can vote for multiple favorite books each day! (Only one vote per day per favorite book…)


  1. Go to: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/vote/

    At some point during the first time you vote, you will be asked to log in. You may use your email address, your Facebook or Google login, or your PBS member account. (Logins are required so that PBS may limit voting to only once per day pr person per book, and to readers in the U.S.A.) After this first login, voting using the website should be only a few clicks if using the same phone, tablet, or computer.

  2. Scroll down through the 100 books with images of their covers and click on your favorite(s) to vote. To vote for OUTLANDER, scroll down until you see it listed (with the example cover shown at right). Note that on this PBS voting webpage, the text on the icon for OUTLANDER says “Outlander (series)”.
  3. Click on the “Vote” button.

    Once you vote on a book on the PBS voting webpage, a confirmation window will appear.

  4. Click on the “Confirm” button to finish casting your vote for a book.

    If you don’t confirm, your vote won’t be counted!

  5. You may vote for multiple books each day, repeating the steps above.

Vote Using Facebook or Twitter:

Or you may vote for OUTLANDER using your Facebook or Twitter account using this special hashtag:


in a new entry you have created and posted.

To vote for your other favorite books on social media, download a list of voting hashtags (PDF format) for all 100 books.

Need more information? Click here for full voting details from the PBS website, or see the links below.

Thanks for your attention! Happy reading!


More Information on The Great American Read:

PBS-GreatAmericanRead-windowFrom the PBS website:

“THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on the PBS network in the U.S.A. that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in an initial national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.

“The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.”


This post was last updated on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 3:20 a.m. (PT). by my Webmistress.

13 Responses »

  1. Voted for your series, you are amazing!

  2. Very excited about participating in The Great American Read with PBS! What a fantastic way to continue your reading experience! I’ve already read many of the books on the list and am looking forward to working through the remaining titled books. Kudos to all participating!

    Thank you!

  3. I am looking forward to participating in The Great American Read with PBS! What an awesome way to experience the works of so many great authors! I’ve already read (and re-read in many cases) many of those listed and happily will be enjoying working through the remaining titles. Reading is such a fantastic way to experience new realms, new locations, new genre and above all, entertaining in all ways! Kudos for your participation! Needless to say, Outlander will be my first vote….having read and re-read the existing 8 book series many times. Definitely looking forward to the release of next book in the series….Go Tell the Bee’s That I Am Gone!

    Thank you Diana, for you are greatly appreciated….as an accomplished Author and as a Consultant to the Starz, Outlander Series!

    Would love to be at one of your “Meet and Greet” appearances in Arizona, should that be possible!


    Leigh DuVall

    • Leigh,

      Diana’s Arizona appearances are always posted on her official appearances page. In fact, she has two upcoming events in the Phoenix area, one on August 10 (an event organized at the last minute), and one in October to celebrate the release of the 25th Anniversary Edition of VOYAGER. Check this page every week or two:


      Diana’s Webmistress

  4. Diana, OF COURSE I voted for the Outlander series! They’re books with excellent plot, superior writing, and outstanding characters. They made, and continue to make, a difference to me, they touch my heart. Than you for all the hard work and for the genius!

  5. Will there be any more excepts before the book’s published

    • That is up to Diana. She has said multiple times that she does not post them at regular intervals.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  6. I’m so sad that I can’t vote from abroad! (I live in the UAE.) However, I’ve passed the link along to my mom and sister who are also die-hard fans. Good luck!

  7. Can you vote for books that are not on the top 100 list? If so, how? Thanks

    • No. PBS had a previous voting round of some sort to narrow the number down to the top 100. These 100 are the finalists.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  8. I am thrilled that the Outlander Series came in as the #2 most popular book last night in the Great American Read! I own all the books in hard copy and have loved them since Outlander was first published in 1990. Last night, I told my husband about a conversation I had in the very early 90′s with our town’s librarian. When I remarked that I could not find Outlander in the stacks under “Romance,” (which was where it was initially filed), she informed me of the growing audience for the book, including US soldiers stationed in war zones overseas. It’s been fun to watch the series being “discovered!”

    Congrats on a lifetime of writing that has produced such an interesting and beloved body of work!

    Vera Jordan
    Sharon MA

  9. In the Great American Read Outlander came in second! The most votes for Outlander came from here in North Carolina. We love you here, Diana! Please visit NC to celebrate your next book.

  10. I signed up to vote on the Great American Read solely so i could vote for this series. I clapped and cheered as I watched the finale. I was thrilled to hear how many other people felt the same way. The PBS series will also bring a whole new set of fans to the series, just as it should be. Congratulations!

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