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My novel Turtles All the Way Down comes out in SEVEN DAYS. More info on the book and our tour: turtlesallthewaydownbook.com
In which John recommends some of his favorite fiction, poetry, and nonfiction reading of the year. Books discussed in this video include:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
We Are Okay by Nina Lacour
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The King Is Always about the People by Daniel Alarcon
Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey
Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Counting Descent by Clint Smith
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence
The Man Who Couldn't Stop by David Adam
The Water Will Come by Jeff Goddell
Also very excited for E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud, Maggie Steifvater's All the Crooked Saints, and Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Warrior.

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Oct 3, 2017




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Grace Reid
Grace Reid 3 days ago
I love your book The Fault In Our Stars. I’m obsessed!
Joshua Adam Stith AKA YouTube Librarian
My books: My Manifesto: drive.google.com/open?id=15VwP5w9hmJcleB4pdHbRtaY9vFQ7C8eAH5qyiGYZe5k My Metaphysical Hypothesis (My Bible): docs.google.com/document/d/1NW_3RG73isoMz1uGuPAsHWEi0v9R-CMycfOc3NgOrwQ/edit?usp=drivesdk My Autobiography: docs.google.com/document/d/1SGDnac5NVwZ95SnLG8Bg00vCm7o_vkTXtoQgQP2B7HQ/edit?usp=drivesdk
Alexis M
Alexis M 2 months ago
I look forward to a time when my book will be in your list of books you must read. That is all I live for. Simply, truly and completely as should be.
Grace Collette
Grace Collette 2 months ago
Need a new video with new recommendations!
Caitlin Cranford
Caitlin Cranford 4 months ago
More book recommendations for Pizzamas please?
joshmartinvideos 4 months ago
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl has been the best book ive read.
Jessie Carty
Jessie Carty 4 months ago
Such good books! I'm currently reading Orange World by Karen Russell and really enjoyed Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. I need some new poetry. I've been re-reading the books I own :)
Erin 4 months ago
your suggestion of counting descent has been meaningful to me even 2 years after reading it for the first time. i regularly go back to it for more, so thank you for that
pradeep rajan
pradeep rajan 4 months ago
Secret book
Alex Ibanez
Alex Ibanez 4 months ago
Hi, John Green! I just wanna ask if you read on paperbacks or e-books. Thank you.
kloverrocks che
kloverrocks che 5 months ago
Michael Crichton's The Hot Zone, Prey, and The Andromeda Strain are really good sci-fi thrillers
Dave's Cave
Dave's Cave 6 months ago
Have you read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander? It’s great.
beatrice _dlsb
beatrice _dlsb 7 months ago
Hi read akata series by nnedi Okarafor
ian57812 9 months ago
Better mention Blasket Bound a great new children's book but for all ages as well. How does he do it? www.wetherring.ie
Henry Augustine
Henry Augustine 10 months ago
There's a typo in the author's note
Muhilan Selvaa
Muhilan Selvaa 11 months ago
Daniel Alarcon as in the Radio Ambulante the guy?
Sebastián Vásquez Cipriani
All the light we cannot see
Mr Temporal
Mr Temporal Year ago
Maybe John will neat Daniel by going Super Saiyan
Waad Abdullah
Waad Abdullah Year ago
I love how in all your vedios you jump straight to the topic with alot of introductions and stuff ,thank you😍
Jan Baars
Jan Baars Year ago
when are you making a video like this again :) read all of those :)
Pessimist Kai
Pessimist Kai 7 months ago
your top picks out of those?
Isabelle Goodrow
Just mercy by bryan stevenson
Kasia Year ago
little fires everywhere, i disliked it so! i don't understand why anybody does like. i want to understand!
teen sunshine
teen sunshine Year ago
i just finished we are okay as per your recommendation and i’m now reading i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson
Kookie Chan
Kookie Chan Year ago
You should read Girl in Pieces by Katherine Glasgow
Kookie Chan
Kookie Chan Year ago
You should read Girl in Pieces by Katherine Glasgow
Tasya Nabila
Tasya Nabila Year ago
It's funny cause I'm currently reading The Centaur by John Updike and The English Patient by an author whose name failed my memory.
CG Author
CG Author Year ago
Recommend Indie books. 👍
Chris Allison
Chris Allison Year ago
Hi John! John, I would love another one of these videos. You are so good at knowing what to read.
Ilah Jarvis
Ilah Jarvis Year ago
In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari by Fabio Geda, Howard Curtis (Translator)
Bhanu Pratap Singh
The end of your book TAWD made me teary eyed and left a heartache which I'm feeling even at the moment ....if only could Davis and Aza could be together or did they ?
jane gober
jane gober Year ago
i would love to see a list of funniest books sometime. i always love your choices but would adore some really funny books.
gelpy27 Year ago
very short reviews yet so captivating. i want to read all of these.
Sonia Pina
Sonia Pina Year ago
I am currently enjoying the "GOODNIGHT PUNPUN" series by Inio Asano. It is a slice of life about a boy growing up in Japan, but this books gives the chance to reflect on life and what happens when one stays in a rut or keep memories that only make you feel like you are not worth something unless you have something or have someone in your life.
Jade Wargo
Jade Wargo Year ago
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is so beautiful.
Gianna Hayes
Gianna Hayes Year ago
Right now I'm reading a very interesting book written kind of like journal entries from two people who become friends by chance, it's called every shiny thing. I love the message of it and definitely recommend it!
Isaac Youri
Isaac Youri Year ago
John, do you know these authors?
Elizabeth Redmond
1:51 Kaveh was my writing instructor at a writing camp I went to! Brilliant writer, wonderful man, and a fantastic teacher! You must read his work. His writing is outstanding!
Boogie Booty
Boogie Booty Year ago
I just read Tunnels and am now reading The Eagle of The Ninth. I suggest both of those, Same Diffence, The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky (I think thats the name), Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children, and For One More Day. :D
Kaylee Barlau
Kaylee Barlau Year ago
How about we don’t
Atul Ghandhi
Atul Ghandhi Year ago
Michael Garza
Michael Garza Year ago
Crack is one hell of a drug!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kaylee Frankfurth
Kaylee Frankfurth 2 years ago
U remind me of John Green lol plz don’t sue me
DWNtoERTH 2 years ago
Are you moving the seat for your cuts or do you have 3 chairs set up that you move to? Oh internet filmography.
Ghulam Mehdi
Ghulam Mehdi 2 years ago
theres a lizard on ur wall
math teacher wannabe
*Barney Stinson's voice: * Haaaave you met Matt Haig? Seriously, he is the best, his novels are amazing.
Maegen Wallaker
Maegen Wallaker 2 years ago
Anything written by Sara B Larson is amazing! Fantasy, magic, and strong female leads.
Britney Campbell
Britney Campbell 2 years ago
Anyone else only trust John for good book recommendations?
Audrey Koskei
Audrey Koskei 2 years ago
Last year, I particularly enjoyed reading Helen Oyeyemi's What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, but Boy, Snow, Bird is still my particular favorite by her. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare broke by heart. Celeste's book is wonderful. Re-reads: Oscar Wilde's The Fisherman and His Soul. Every Year: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.
Sunny Suman
Sunny Suman 2 years ago
Just finished reading Looking For Alaska. What a book, absolutely loved it.
Alien Bacon
Alien Bacon 2 years ago
late comment but I found Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac on my father's bookshelf and it has been amazing.
456elsa 2 years ago
I bought Ordinary Beast despite not being a poetry fan and i thought it stunk. Not sure why it had such glowing recommendations but I didnt get it.
Shahd 2 years ago
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: a fantastic graphic memoir from a child's POV during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The Asylum Dance by John Burnside.
Kathi 2 years ago
I looooove books🤗
Astray 2 years ago
My taste in books is objectively superior to yours. Oswald Spengler is the final author anyone needs to read.
MsMockingjay07 2 years ago
I think another poetry book you could enjoy The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. It’s a poetry series that reads like a narrative. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.
Jean Marcos
Jean Marcos 2 years ago
Omg, I'm just here because I need to train my English , but I don't understand nothing . Omg
Pooya Shirazi
Pooya Shirazi 2 years ago
i really enjoyed Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, his best work yet and one of the best i have read in recent years, the book despite being of Epic scale did not forget to be personal too, which made it perfect, there was a particular character which had max 20 pages about him yet ended up being one of the strongest point of this 1400 page book. Sanderson imo is a journeyman writer, everytime i pick up a new book of his, im surprised how much he has progressed, he seems to be dissecting the art of writing and strengthening his craft everytime. apart from that no one in the genre can even come close to amount of ideas he executes, he seems to write in every sub genre he wants to and also isnt afraid of stretching the norms of Fantasy.
Erik rodriguez
Erik rodriguez 2 years ago
Sandra Brown- Mean Streak
Maura Graham
Maura Graham 2 years ago
I really think that you would enjoy "No Matter the Wreckage" Sarah Kay's collection of poems and "The Color of Water" by James McBride. Happy reading and thank you for your amazing books and stories :)
Shahd 2 years ago
You have such a great taste in books man! Just finished reading 'And I Darken' by Kiersten White and I've been hugging it for the past 6 hours because it's THAT great and currently reading 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov which I kind of wish Nabokov was still alive just so I can get some tips from him on how he manages to write books with a writing style that reads like eating a very delicious cupcake but oh well.
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