Choosing Books from John Green’s List of Recommendations

Over at BookRiot, Alison Doherty compiled a list of 99 books, which were at one point or another mentioned by John Green as great reads. I love it when authors recommend books, so I went through the whole list and chose the books which I would add to my TBR list. I’ve already read some of these books, so I skipped those.

Here are my personal picks:

  1. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – An in-depth (I’m guessing) look into the life of someone who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  2. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad – A riveting WWII story about the siege of Leningrad, and one composer who used music to help the people cope. I’ve seen so many good reviews for this book, and am really looking forward to reading it!
  3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Many were moved by this story of families struggling in Mumbai’s makeshift settlements, and I remember it receiving much praise. The author, investigative journalist Katherine Boo, has won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, documenting the lives of people in poverty.
  4. The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully – I won’t lie, I’m expecting this book to tell me that if I eat a cheeseburger at precisely 4 p.m. there will be no negative consequences on my waistline.
  5. Death Comes for the Archbishop – The story of two Catholic priests trying to spread their faith in New Mexico after the Spanish-Mexican war. From what I understand, the story starts in 1851, and describes a life over the span of 40 years.
  6. The Last Stop on Market Street – I love the simplicity and appreciation for one’s environment that seems to be the focus of this book.
  7. Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts – This just sounds too good. A hockey player in Budapest in the 1990s decides to become a thief, and apparently a lot of other stuff happens along the way, too.
  8. Regarding the Pain of Others – A look at how visual representations of war and violence affect the people who see it. I’ve read quite a few research papers on this topic, and it is quite fascinating.
  9. The People in the Trees – I’ve read mixed reviews about this book, and yet, it still seems a curious read.

9 out of 99 may not seem like much, but I’ve either read most of the others, or was not particularly drawn to a book description. There’s only so much that my own TBR list can take.

Which ones would you choose?


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