Celebrity Picks: John Green's Favorite Reads of 2017

JohnGreen225_credit_MarinaWaters2016John Green's last book, The Fault in Our Stars, was a huge bestseller and then an equally huge film.  How do you follow that?  With another winning young adult novel, Turtles All the Way Down. Green's talent for writing memorable sentences and pulling you into the lives of his characters is magic, and we chose Turtles All the Way Down as our number one pick in young adult for 2017 and also our #20 in overall best books of the year. 

As a reader, John Green covers a lot of bases --you'll find fiction, nonfiction, and young adult in his picks below.  Look here for more celebrity favorites


John Green's favorite reads of 2017

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Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar
Akbar finds expression for so many experiences I thought too deep and abstract for language. His poems show us the world within and without, and I can’t stop thinking about them. “Time will break what doesn’t / bend — even time. Even you.”
 

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The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell
This harrowing, compulsively readable, and carefully researched book lays out in clear-eyed detail what Earth’s changing climate means for us today, and what it will mean for future generations.
 

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Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
This YA novel follows one black teenage girl as she is forced to navigate the complexities of race and class and community. Piecing Me Together changed the way I think about how art and community intersect and interact, but I also just loved spending time with Jade, the novel’s fascinating protagonist.
 

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