18 Great Books You Probably Haven't Read

  • Published on Feb 18, 2014
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: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: tvclip.biz/video/hbvbEMSLKpI/video.html

Comments • 15 941

  • Ha Lol
    Ha Lol 10 hours ago

    I am sure you haven't read thus too

    This book is in kindle version but it is amazing
    Link to buy the book
    Name-It Happened After 8
    You all should read it

  • chloe mikayla
    chloe mikayla Day ago

    an abundance of katherine’s is probably my FAVORITE john green book and it feels like no one’s ever read it

  • Ann Nunley
    Ann Nunley 4 days ago

    A new book out is called " A Heart's Journey" by Beth Howard from Dorrancebookstore.com A charming read about an abused woman who left her husband and traveled to England and stays with relatives. They lend their support and help her with struggling faith in herself as she tries to gain more self-confidence. She makes friends and finds a real love.

  • Tamanna Taher
    Tamanna Taher 8 days ago +2

    Am i the only one that thought he was going to mention "the fault in our stars"?

  • alexis bialeschki
    alexis bialeschki 13 days ago

    Go Ask Alice - anonymous. My Favorite Book along with Looking for Alaska

  • Talathia Alhazred
    Talathia Alhazred 18 days ago

    House of Leaves

  • Friends Don't Lie
    Friends Don't Lie 19 days ago +1

    John have you read Twilight? Do you like it?

  • Friends Don't Lie
    Friends Don't Lie 19 days ago +1

    Read Flipped

  • DSXmachine
    DSXmachine 26 days ago

    It's not okay to kill people because of their political ideology.

  • Edible Words
    Edible Words Month ago

    Check out "Pig in a Web" it hilarious. Like a dark and nutty version of Charlottes Web that Kurt Vonnegut could have written

  • John Young
    John Young Month ago

    Hey John, Can I ask you to consider my novel? WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR. It's from the small literary publisher Golden Antelope Press. A coming of age novel set in Indianapolis, a hometown we share. You can see reviews and order a copy at Amazon or pick one up at Indy Reads Bookstore. Thanks, John Young

  • Yasir Aslam
    Yasir Aslam Month ago

    Actually there are more books have I've read yet not only these books.. and also I've read plenty books.. because I like to read ....

  • Oliver Wolf
    Oliver Wolf Month ago

    Powerless for the love of god this duality deserves more love go read now !!!!!!

  • Squared2
    Squared2 Month ago

    I had to check if my playback speed is at normal or what?

  • Jessie Carty
    Jessie Carty Month ago

    Man, I haven't read any of these! And have only heard of a few. Darn you John Green and making my book wishlist grow.

  • FishStix96
    FishStix96 Month ago +5

    I came here just to say that:
    The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
    is a good book.

  • AJ BOtte
    AJ BOtte Month ago

    Notice one book on Amazon equals the others as frequently bought together

  • willcrombie
    willcrombie Month ago

    I'm about 5 years to late, and I've never seen any of your videos before, but you should read the book "perfume, the story of a murderer" by Patrick Suskind. It's a story about the sence of smell. It's a very strange topic but it's one of the best books I've ever read

  • Grendel
    Grendel Month ago

    Hyperion and the fall of hyperion by Dan Simmons

  • Katrina Rapoza
    Katrina Rapoza 2 months ago

    A couple of booksI love from the last couple years is Kill the Farm boy (series), Mort(e) and Its just a $#%&ing Date.

  • Scott Matt
    Scott Matt 2 months ago

    John, why do you provide Amazon links of all retailers while Amazon is notorious for profiting in directly making the climate crisis worse and treating it's employees absolutely awfully? I love most everything else you do, thanks.

  • Ankush K
    Ankush K 2 months ago

    Sapaines is a great book

  • MI WI
    MI WI 2 months ago

    I absolutely loved Kendra!

    MEME REVIEW 2 months ago

    lily of the nile by stephanie dray is good & totally underrated , though i think it might be a best seller . i'm always recommending that book . it's very intense & needs trigger warnings . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • sundus khan
    sundus khan 2 months ago

    The Good Earth

  • omer arif
    omer arif 2 months ago

    Playback speed 0.75x . You're welcome

  • Ricky E.
    Ricky E. 2 months ago

    Lol @ ESL-Speakers in the comments section. We understood every word he said so why don't y'all get off your high horses and stop calling us illiterate for mostly only speaking one language (i also speak french which i learned in h.s. but English is my native tongue).

  • MicShazam
    MicShazam 2 months ago

    I have that Susan Sontag book on my shelf. Still haven't gotten around to it, because I don't read that much. I probably should!

  • Ron Si
    Ron Si 2 months ago

    Shut your fucking mouth jackass!!

  • Marcel Fernandes
    Marcel Fernandes 2 months ago

    Usually I watch TVclip videos at 2x speed. When John started talking i though it was already at 2x speed and tried to change to 1.5. But it wasn’t, it was at normal speed. Anyway, thanks for the suggestions John. Love from Brazil

  • Just Sargam
    Just Sargam 2 months ago +1

    The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond, who is an Indian writer who wrote this book when he was 17. It was published in 1956 .He won the John Llewellyn Rhys memorial prize for it. Amazing Book!

  • Jesse Langel
    Jesse Langel 2 months ago

    Awesome character and energy. Congratulations on your success. Great execution.

  • Cat Randle
    Cat Randle 2 months ago

    Life less throwaway

  • Secular Moose
    Secular Moose 3 months ago +1

    George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, Mitchner's The Covenent and Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

  • Mark Kraulis
    Mark Kraulis 3 months ago

    No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.

  • WJL
    WJL 3 months ago

    every one of these books is better than 'The Goldfinch'

  • Bookhermit
    Bookhermit 3 months ago

    Not a single one that sounded like anything I'd want to read....

  • Braden Laughlin
    Braden Laughlin 3 months ago

    Bold of you to assume that I read

  • Tilly Street
    Tilly Street 3 months ago

    The Rangers apprentice series by John Flanagan

  • gerry gunn
    gerry gunn 3 months ago

    Pain in art: Zola - His Masterpiece

  • VegetablesGoOff
    VegetablesGoOff 3 months ago

    Oryx and Crake
    highly recommended

  • Socrates In Chains
    Socrates In Chains 3 months ago

    Is it an oxymoron to claim that a popular book, a best seller, is a great book?

  • Niall T
    Niall T 3 months ago

    Eric Schlosser - Fast Food Nation

  • ミショ
    ミショ 3 months ago

    I had to check my playback speed lmao

  • Eduardo Ernesto Ubilla Contreras

    Gormenghast Triology, maybe.

  • Kailey Chan
    Kailey Chan 3 months ago

    The heartlight saga most especially within that the ancient one

  • Vita Jansen
    Vita Jansen 3 months ago

    The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless by Ahmet Zappa (yes he is Frank Zappa's son)

  • Jane A
    Jane A 3 months ago +1

    Boy proof is amazing.

  • Stephanie Forster
    Stephanie Forster 3 months ago

    Just wanted to know if you started the Doobly Doo thing, or if you co-opted from Craig Benzine...if it be the latter, I believe you owe him credit.

  • Galih KrisVector
    Galih KrisVector 3 months ago

    I know every word you're saying but i understand nothing lmao

  • Lucas Bleyle
    Lucas Bleyle 3 months ago +3

    That really casual flex right at the beginning tho

  • Skye Wolfe
    Skye Wolfe 3 months ago

    The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown is amazing!!! Highly reccomend if you havent read already

  • Nadia Syeda
    Nadia Syeda 3 months ago

    I loved the Chains series by Laurie Halse Anderson. Very beautiful and absorbed me into a story of American history and slavery

  • Frank Andrew I
    Frank Andrew I 3 months ago

    Asimov - nightfall (full novel version or short story)
    Frank Zappa- the Real Frank Zappa Book

  • Mike Ramsay
    Mike Ramsay 3 months ago

    Death Comes for the Archbishop is my favorite Willa Cather novel. I have read it about 10 times. I am not religious, yet I find it very comforting.

  • Wade fromthawell
    Wade fromthawell 3 months ago

    Flat Crazy by ben rehder is a real fun read.

  • Mr Sas Quatch
    Mr Sas Quatch 3 months ago

    They’re building the new stadium now- I’ve driven passed it

  • Ian Clifford
    Ian Clifford 3 months ago

    I've read the Tony Hawkes book, as well as Playing the Moldovans at Tennis. There is another where he bets Simon Cowell that he can get a top 20 single somewhere in the world, then Simon Cowell gets famous and doesn't eat his hat.

  • Andries Louw
    Andries Louw 3 months ago

    0/18 and not intetested in one of them

  • Daelyn Schmitty
    Daelyn Schmitty 3 months ago +2

    Quick and sweet!