Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Gifting Recommendations from John Green

In which author (and vlogger, and awesome nerd, and brother to a co-creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) John Green recommends some of the best books nerds can gift (or get) for the holiday season.  This is from last year, so please note some information is a little out of date (like Veronica Roth's Divergent series now has an that just about made the internet blow up).  Use it to add books to your reading list, or to get gift ideas for that special nerd in your life.  There are only 44 days until Christmas people!  Start shopping!


Hannah said...

Ooh, this is great stuff! There are lots of very interesting sounding books in his list! :)

I still need to read some of John Green's books. I'm thinking of starting with The Fault in Our Stars since the adaptation comes out next year. I still need to read the next Divergent book as well but I have a very strong feeling that I'm not going to like it. I liked the first book but the second was a complete dud. I've read just one review for the latest book but from what the reviewer said I got the gist of what the ending involved. I can see why it's been controversial.

And finally - and I've been meaning to ask you this - how are you finding Emma Approved so far? I'm really liking the actors in that web series, especially the actors that they've chosen for Harriet and Knightley, but I'm not crazy on some of the changes that they've made to the book. I'm sticking with it though because I loved the LBD so much.

hopeinbrazil said...

Great video. Haven't heard of this guy before.

bookwormans said...

I need to read John Green's stuff as well. I'm not usually into YA lit, but I really like his thoughts on books and his overall nerdiness so I feel I should give him a try. I will probably start off with The Fault in Our Stars as well.

I haven't read any of the Divergent series, I just thought it was funny that he was all like "Give me an ending!" and most of my friends (online and in life) have been crying/throwing the book across the room ever since the ending came out. I loved The Hunger Games, so I may get around to it eventually.

I am LOVING Emma Approved. All of the changes haven't bothered me too much (Emma was never my favorite Austen novel so I'm not as familiar with it as P&P), though I do feel that the initial story set up of Annie/Ryan was more drawn out than it should have been. Especially with the early quasi-introduction of Frank Churchill. The acting has been stellar and I am head over heels for the guy playing Knightley. I think that now that the set up is mostly over and we can get into the actual story things will flow better...loved today's introduction of Bobby (Robert) Martin (or B-Mart to his friends)!

Hannah said...

I tend to divide my time between reading the classics and modern fantasy but I will read YA books as well if they're well-received and sound interesting. I love The Hunger Games as well :)

I love all of Jane Austen's books but Pride and Prejudice, Emma & Northanger Abbey are probably my absolute favourites. The acting in EA has been stellar so far, I completely agree. How do they keep finding all of these brilliant actors?! But unfortunately I just can't help but feel that their decision to make Emma a professional matchmaker undermines the fundamental premise of the book. Emma is supposed to be terrible at matchmaking! So whilst I'm still finding EA very entertaining, as an adaptation of Austen's book it's not really working for me.