The Great American Read

Q&A with John Green

Last Updated by The Great American Read Editor on

John Green, author of Looking for Alaska, answers a few questions from The Great American Read.

What are you reading right now?

I'm reading Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso, a spare and achingly beautiful memoir about becoming a mother and the urge to document one's life.

What's your favorite way to read? Hardback, paperback, or tablet?

I sometimes read books on my phone (especially nonfiction), but I most enjoy reading hardcovers.

What's one book that didn't make the list of 100 that you would add?

I'd add Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

When you’re in a book store, what section do you gravitate to and why?

I usually start in the mystery section, and then wander about fiction for a while. I always at least stop by the sports and travel sections as well.

Which book character do you most relate to and why?

Honestly, it's probably the character Andy in my brother Hank Green's book An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I'm not sure to what extent Hank modeled Andy on me, if at all, but I relate to his anxiety and his many ambivalences.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the respondents.

More About John Green:

John Green John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers ( and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse ( You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

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