18 Great Books You Probably Haven’t Read

In which John shares 18 of his favorite books that aren’t wildly popular bestsellers. CLICK SHOW MORE TO GET THE BOOKS:

1. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing I Own by Jonathan Rendall: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/088001685X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=088001685X&link_code=as3&tag=vlogbrothers-20

2. One of Us by Alice Dreger: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0674018257/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0674018257&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

3. Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312274920/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0312274920&link_code=as3&tag=vlogbrothers-20

4. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003U898X4/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003U898X4&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

5. Thirsty by MT Anderson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0763638951/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0763638951&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

6. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0763627968/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0763627968&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

7. Fly on the Wall by E Lockhart: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385732821/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0385732821&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

8. The Untelling by Tayari Jones: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446694568/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0446694568&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

9. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081090960X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=081090960X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

10. Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399237496/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399237496&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

11. The Enormous Room by e. e. cummings: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486421201/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0486421201&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

12. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312422199/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0312422199&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

13. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0679728899/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0679728899&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

14. This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005Q75K6Q/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005Q75K6Q&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

15. Kendra by Coe Booth: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0439925371/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0439925371&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

16. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/067972883X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=067972883X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

17. Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone: The Carter Family and their Legacy in American Music: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074324382X/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=074324382X&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

18. The Last Summer of Reason by Tahar Djaout:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0803215916/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0803215916&linkCode=as2&tag=vlogbrothers-20

WILL YOU MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE FROM YOUR PANTS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbvbEMSLKpI


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One of my very favourite books is Z for Zachariah, but i hated the movie they made where they just invented a new character (theres only 2 people in the original story)…

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Ray Yanma says:

How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove is one of my favorite books. It is the first in an 11 book series about a Confederate victory in the Civil War

Edgar says:

i had to check the video speed wasn’t at 1.5 as usual…what?

Donna Lordi says:

Far late to the game, but consider reading Love and Will by Rollo May. Truly a great classic.

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Overly strange says:

John Green, you must read Storm and Silence by Rob Thier

kittyyourock says:

*changes speed to 0.75x*

Joseph Simmons says:

Have you heard of The Wings of Fire Series?

Ankit raj Patel says:

He must have OCD

The Hamartia of Human Creativity says:

The Book of awesome by Neil Pasricha

Johann Gambolputty says:

Blindness by Jose Saramago

sodeum sulphate says:

I think he has major in English @ University..

Mesomenia EM says:

Taher ben jelloun is a very popular and famous Moroccan author

m oreilly says:

One book that isn’t great is Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

sylva lane says:

The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken, is one of my favourites!

nudebout says:

Read Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

Donna San says:

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Yancey McMurry says:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ellie Molewyk says:

Where is Cress?!!? And basically the whole Lunar Chronicles.

Alex Univers says:

Hey , im a nerd and I’m glad to be here :))))

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Boroldaj Lewicki says:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami, good read

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Pranjal Majmudar says:

I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson. ( you’ll love this book even more if you’re into art )
• it’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini
the absolutely true diary of a part time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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Ben Michaelson says:

I’ve watched this video an unhealthy number of times…

Joshua Jordan says:

Read V. By Thomas Pynchon

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Joshua Jordan says:

White Noise was deliciously eerie and seems to withhold more than it reveals

Molly Anderson_Smith says:

John I don’t know if you have ever read never let me go but it changed my life

Erin Bosbury says:

Omg I know this video is old but, PLEASE, read a Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. It’s one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve ever read

mea culpa says:

I love that you mentioned TAhar beb jelloun he s moroccan am moroccan, i love you so no wonder am proud i heard his name on your video


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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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壁フラッグ says:

Not well-known in my country, but I think of all of Thomas Pynchon and David Mitchell (no, not that one) books should include in this video. Yes, it’s dense, lengthy and frustrating but at the same, it’s beautiful, imaginative and rewarding. Give it a read once in a lifetime. Very underrated.

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