To Read

The Vlogbrothers (John and Hank Green) have a knack for posting videos just when I need them. Last week I was complaining about having trouble choosing which books to read and John Green has now posted a great vlog about awesome books which aren’t bestsellers.

He also invited Nerdfighters (the Vlogbrothers et al. community) to submit ideas for books they think should be read although they maybe haven’t won the awards or had the mega-sales.

Here’s a list of John’s original 18 books and others that I have pulled out from the comments section of the video. If you have suggestions either pop them in a comment on the original video or in the comments right here.

John’s original 18 books:

This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing
by Jonathan Rendall

One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal
by Alice Domurat Dreger

Round Ireland with a Fridge
by Tony Hawks

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
by Joshua Braff

Thirsty
by M.T. Anderson

Boy Proof
by Cecil Castellucci

Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything
by E. Lockhart

The Untelling
by Tayari Jones

The Golden Rule
by Ilene Cooper, Gabi Swiatowska

Show Way
by Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott

The Enormous Room
by E.E. Cummings

Regarding the Pain of Others
by Susan Sontag

Death Comes for the Archbishop
by Willa Cather

This Blinding Absence of Light
by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Kendra
by Coe Booth

The Optimist’s Daughter
by Eudora Welty

Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music
by Mark Zwonitzer, Charles Hirshberg

The Last Summer of Reason
by Tahar Djaout, Marjolijn De Jager

 

And some of the books suggested in the comments section:

Curfewed Night
by Basharat Peer

Why We Took the Car
by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr

Alan and Naomi
by Myron Levoy

Nightpeople (Darklands #1)
by Anthony Eaton

She Who Remembers (Kwani #1)
by Linda Lay Shuler

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
by Jenny Torres Sanchez

The Inheritors
by William Golding

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains
by Jane Yolen

River Angel
by A. Manette Ansay

The Joke
by Milan Kundera

When Jeff Comes Home
by Catherine Atkins

Fleshmarket
by Nicola Morgan

The Devil’s Mixtape
by Mary Borsellino

The Center of the World
by Andreas Steinhöfel

Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe
by Jane Goodall

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio 
by Philippe Bourgois

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
by Julie Andrews Edwards

The Thought Gang
by Tibor Fischer

And my own addition to the list is:

Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems
by Harold Bloom

This is a gorgeous collection of the last known poems of a huge selection of poets – poignant and fascinating. A great range of words and wonderful for poets and non-poets alike.

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