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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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Preorder John's new book, Turtles All the Way Down, out October 10th 2017! You can find links to both the signed and unsigned editions here: bit.ly/turtlespreorder and information on how to (probably) get a signed copy here: probablysignedturtles.com

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Coen A
Coen A 2 months ago
“We were nostalgic for a time that wasn’t over yet” reminds me of another great quote from a short story a friend of mine wrote. “I’m nostalgic for the memories I never got to make”
Анапа - Str.Albatros
ruvid.net/video/video-1gyIzH_CT3w.html Russian blogger reads poetry (Русский блогер читает стихи)
Chelsey 6 months ago
Aww I love the inexplicable logic of my life!! I've watched a lot of these book recommendation videos and I've never seen anyone recommend that one or the Dante and Aristotle one. It's nice that it's been recommended because it deserves it
kristen tan
kristen tan 6 months ago
hi john not sure if you’re ever gonna see this but speaking of books that i’ve been reading recently, i just finished turtles all the way down. i read it basically all in one day (one chapter the previous night and all the rest in one day) and stayed up till 1:30 am last night to finish it and oh my god. it was so good. it was phenomenal. i was thinking about it before i woke up, i woke up thinking about it, and i’m still thinking about it. i don’t know if i have the words for how much i enjoyed it, but i can say this: it made me feel. it made me feel so much and so deeply and so truly. and it’s been a while since a book made me feel this much. thank you for writing this john. (also thank you for signing enough copies that they were just on sale at target. i’m sure you got many hand cramps just so people like me could have a signed copy.) thank you again.
Grace Reid
Grace Reid 7 months 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 10 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 10 months ago
Need a new video with new recommendations!
C.J. Cranford
C.J. Cranford 11 months ago
More book recommendations for Pizzamas please?
joshmartinvideos 11 months ago
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl has been the best book ive read.
Jessie Carty
Jessie Carty 11 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 Year 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 Year ago
Secret book
Alex Ibanez
Alex Ibanez Year ago
Hi, John Green! I just wanna ask if you read on paperbacks or e-books. Thank you.
kloverrocks che
Michael Crichton's The Hot Zone, Prey, and The Andromeda Strain are really good sci-fi thrillers
Dave's Cave
Dave's Cave Year ago
Have you read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander? It’s great.
beatrice _dlsb
Hi read akata series by nnedi Okarafor
ian57812 Year 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
There's a typo in the author's note
Muhilan Selvaa
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 Year 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!
alyse ray
alyse ray 2 years 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
kai a
kai a 2 years ago
You should read Girl in Pieces by Katherine Glasgow
kai a
kai a 2 years ago
You should read Girl in Pieces by Katherine Glasgow
Tasya Nabila
Tasya Nabila 2 years 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 2 years ago
Recommend Indie books. 👍
Chris Allison
Chris Allison 2 years 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 2 years ago
In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari by Fabio Geda, Howard Curtis (Translator)
Bhanu Pratap Singh
Bhanu Pratap Singh 2 years ago
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 2 years 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 2 years ago
very short reviews yet so captivating. i want to read all of these.
Jade Wargo
Jade Wargo 2 years ago
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is so beautiful.
Gianna Hayes
Gianna Hayes 2 years 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 2 years ago
John, do you know these authors?
Elizabeth Redmond
Elizabeth Redmond 2 years ago
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 2 years 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 2 years ago
How about we don’t
Atul Ghandhi
Atul Ghandhi 2 years ago
Michael Garza
Michael Garza 2 years 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
Bethanie Libby
Bethanie Libby 2 years ago
I've been on a binge read of Oliver Sacks, a neurologist who has one of the most amazing perception on how the medicine industry, minds, science and patients can create beautiful human stories. Also he loves ferns which is a surprising plus.
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.
Frida 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.
Helen H
Helen H 2 years ago
MAN!!!! I loved your book!!! I read it in about 2 days and annotated the heck out of it! I am so glad that I found your channel!
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 :)
Frida 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.
Sereda Hawke
Sereda Hawke 2 years ago
I think it's the impetuousness of Despite My Efforts Even My Prayers Have Turned Into Threats that makes me smile. Like trying to argue your way out of a mistake you made with a parent who you know has all the power in the situation but trying anyway because it's just what you do.
SAD BOY HOURS 2 years ago
Life the universe and everything
Alien Grl
Alien Grl 2 years ago
How do you decide what book to read? Once I've finished a book I always have the hardest time picking the next one.
wild crackers
wild crackers 2 years ago
Hoooooly sh*t!!!!I just realised he is John green!!Dude I read paper towns and I loooooooooved it .You are an amazing author!!
Mila Bleeke
Mila Bleeke 2 years ago
Currently reading The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King) since I just finished Desperation.
Dogs And songs
Dogs And songs 2 years ago
Just got Genuine fraud
Ad 2 years ago
Could you not pull your hair all the time? makes me also wanna do it :D
Morganistalking 2 years ago
Phillip Pullman's Lee Belle Sauvage. Tentatively I stress to add because the Amber spyglass broke my heart.
Ekima 2 years ago
Is there a cure for the boredom you experience trying to enjoy a story without audiovisual feedback?
Afrah Mohideen
Afrah Mohideen 2 years ago
the land of stories series by chris colfer is amazing i think it was my first book series i've ever read.sure its a kids book but it still is a must-read
Lucio Francisco Di Giacinti
That Clint Smith quote... boy did that one hit home!
Alejandro Molina
Alejandro Molina 2 years ago
I have two books for recommendation: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör. The story is about two girls, Abby and Gretchen, and one of them gets possessed by the devil. Oh, by the way, the cover of the book is the box cover of an 80's VHS movie. This whole book is a love letter to 80's horror and if that's your cup of tea I highly recommend it. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness and inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. A powerful novel about a boy dealing with his mother's cancer and last moments on earth.
Zoe Zarth
Zoe Zarth 2 years ago
Your new book has had a tremendous impact on my life! Having had anxiety and OCD obstacles in the past that are still with me today, it was so amazing to be able to connect so deeply with a character. I felt as though I was Aza Holmes and I have never felt to close to a character before. Thank you so much for writing this and being able to get personal with your readers. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to read it. It has been extremely helpful in my own anxiety battles and I will continue to use your book as a resource for my mind. Thank you.
Poet Villanueva
Poet Villanueva 2 years ago
Let's talk about how Hank used his youtube YA audience to be best seller.
The Boulder
The Boulder 2 years ago
Symphony for the city of the dead
FANGwoof 2 years ago
I'm currently on the last chapter of The Killer Book of True Crime by Tom & Michael Philbin and I think I'm going to start 100 Heartbeats by Jeff Corwin next.
Christina Ofner
Christina Ofner 2 years ago
My favourite book at the moment is definitely ‘The one memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr. I don’t know if you know it but it’s absolutely worth reading. This book made me laugh, cry, shout out loud and much more. I’ve read it a few months ago and I still think about it loads of times (maybe also because it took me so long to finish it but well^^) Anyway, I can only recommend it Thanks anyway for those amazing reading list, I’m looking forward to read some of these books🙌🏼
Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan 2 years ago
I've become completely obsessed with How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu! I rarely read books more than once but I've read that book six times this year, no lie.
First Last
First Last 2 years ago
I am reading Love in the Time of Cholera at the moment by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Much to my surprise, the book made an appearance in the movie 'Serendepity' and I was so proud :)
Chris Wong
Chris Wong 2 years ago
Riley Redgate's book, Note Worthy, is quite, uh, noteworthy.
S.M. Suarez
S.M. Suarez 2 years ago
Have you ever read any Neil Gaiman?
Em H
Em H 2 years ago
I recently read Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's one of those rare books that is literally impossible to put down, and because of that I read all 336 pages in under 24 hours while studying for year 12 exams. By the way, I love Turtles all the Way Down, which is one of only around five books I have ever gifted to myself. Mental health is something avoided, especially in YA books, so I love that you discuss it in a 'real' kind of way, without ever making it clique, or making it not seen real. I know that doesn't really make sense, but I really appreciate the awareness you are bringing to this issue, you are helping to make the world a more understanding place.
dawngrrrl 2 years ago
Yay books! I'm currently reading and loving Marlena by Julie Buntin - Little Fires Everywhere and Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes are up next, then Turtles All the Way Down and Paula Hawkins's Into the Water.
VicLouGray 2 years ago
The seven daughters of eve by prof Brian Sykes. It combines really interesting, technical bio molecular techniques with beautiful prose and a compelling story. I’m mainly reading for the nostalgia as I read it 8(?!) years ago. It gave me the inspiration to get my bacelors degree. I’ve just started my PhD at it very much feels like the start of the journey. But it’s a wonderful popular science book for enthusiasts without a scientific background also!
Aubrey Simon
Aubrey Simon 2 years ago
I'm loving The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'engle, and Turtles All the Way Down which I just finished about two hours ago. Starting Love Does by Bob Goff next
City of Shepherds
City of Shepherds 2 years ago
I just read Nnedi Okorafor's Binti and Akata Witch and I have to say I found both to be remarkable works of imaginative fiction. Akata Witch read a little like an African Harry Potter but was still very different and beautiful and full of ideas and stories that were full of life and originality. Binti was a short but sweet space opera that read not quite like anything I've yet read in the genre, and is definitely worth a read by anyone who considers themselves fans of science fiction. Thanks for more great recommendations, John. (I loved and will always love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.)
Hannah Phoenix
Hannah Phoenix 2 years ago
John, I don't know if you've read The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, but it blew me away and also struck me as a book you would love and enjoy.
Cindy Giesbrecht
Cindy Giesbrecht 2 years ago
I recommend "The History of Bees" by Maja Lunde. It's like a sci-fi thriller with heart. Also 'Lab Girl' by Hope Jahren is an really amazing true story about how scientists live and love their science.
Indigo Tech Master
Indigo Tech Master 2 years ago
Yoy still rule tumblr
Rachel Nordhagen
Rachel Nordhagen 2 years ago
And.... there goes all my money. Worth it.
JoElla and books
JoElla and books 2 years ago
The book was amazing by the way, Aza is my spirit animal since I see her as a turtle if she was an animal
4Da Kommen
4Da Kommen 2 years ago
Your books are bad and you should feel bad.
Mary Hall
Mary Hall 2 years ago
Just got through reading Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It's a poetry book that can easily be knocked out in about 30 minutes, but is raw and inspiring and is something everyone should read in their life time (when you're 16 years or older though). Now I am reading The Giver and Everland.
Emily Morgan
Emily Morgan 2 years ago
The Road by Cormac McCarthy!
Jindorek 2 years ago
Just recently finished reading Flowers for Algernon, which I highly recommend to anyone and everyone.
Bri Baker
Bri Baker 2 years ago
I just started reading Turtles All the Away Down! I am loving it so far. You are making me miss Indianapolis so much.
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