'Looking For Alaska' Author John Green Reveals 2015 Holiday Reading Picks
Those who want to make the bookworms in their lives extremely happy this Christmas can definitely take a hint from "The Fault in our Stars" author John Green, who recently released his list of holiday reading picks perfect for gift-giving.
Green personally believes that "books make the best gifts" because these literary gems, or at least the story they tell, last.
Bustle points out that the award-winning writer's list is screaming diversity, which is basically just the thing for anyone out there who plans to treat themselves with a nice read or put in high spirits a bibliophile that they hold dear in their hearts.
Green posted his gift-giving guide on his and his brother Hank's YouTube account Vlogbrothers. The first book he advised his fans to get is his "favorite book in the world" aka "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a book that basically gives someone no reason to pick up.
A winner in this year's National Book Award for Nonfiction, the tome by Coates is fashioned as a letter that contains answers to his teenage son's questions about the life of black people in the US. It is described by Green as a "short, relentless and brilliant meditation on race in the United States."
Green also thinks that "The White Boy Shuffle," Paul Beatty's tale of an African American man's search for identity, is recommended to "everyone on Earth category" for a reason. While the 1996 novel enjoyed rave reviews, not many people got to read it, but this holiday, this can change.
The "Looking for Alaska" author also believes "Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather will make a great holiday treat. This book sees Catholic bishop and a priest team up to bolster the diocese in New Mexico Territory.
Like Cather's classic novel, the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction winner "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker should be "captivating, and page-turney and intensely moving."
For graphic novel fans, Green recommends "Are You My Mother?" by Alison Bechdel and "City of Clowns" by Daniel Alarcon. Those who have been looking for a tear-jerker bigger than "The Fault in our Stars" can turn to "A Little Life" by Hanya Nayagihara.
Other books in the list include the Man Booker Prize 2015 winner "A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James and "Miracle's Boys" by Jacqueline Woodson. Galley Cat adds that "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña and "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Check out the complete gift-guiding guide list by Green below.