The Lesser-Known Works of John Green

Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Let it Snow, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are all well-known. But if you’ve finished them all and you’re desperate for MORE John Green what should you read next? No need to panic. John Green has some lesser-known (but not lesser-quality) works of nonfiction and short stories to keep you going.*


Mental Floss: What’s the Difference

You’re at a cocktail party; you’ve just made what you believe is an erudite comment about a French painting; your date leans in and whispers, “No, darling, that’s not a Monet; it’s a Manet.” Mental_Floss: What the Difference? enables you to avoid those embarrassing moments when your knowledge of life’s little differences lets you down.

Mental Floss: Scatterbrained

Based on a popular feature in mental_floss magazine, Scatterbrained regathers facts in a most entertaining way. For example, the opening chapter begins with riffs on Greek marathons, the world’s longest national anthem (158 stanzas), and the Father of the Pap Smear. From there, the book launches into discussions of toga parties, methods of execution, and the meaning of Latin phrases.

Mental Floss: Genius Instruction Manual

Remember that time you bumped into Stephen Hawking at the clambake and his monologue on string theory went completely over your head? Man, was that awkward. Or remember the time you were at a party and someone asked, “Who knows how to perform open-heart surgery?” and you were the only one who didn’t raise your hand?

Well, put all of that embarrassment behind you. Want to dazzle crowds with your wondrous knowledge of Shakespeare and surgeries? Want to learn to woo just like history’s greatest minds? Well, start reading already! The Genius Instruction Manual is a foolproof finishing school for polishing your brain. All you’ve got to do is dive in.

Mental Floss: Cocktail Party Cheat Sheet

Friends? Romans? Countrymen?

You never know whom you’ll have to impress at your next corporate shindig or keg party.

Whatever the target audience, mental_floss knows staring facedown into the punch bowl isn’t the trick. In fact, that’s exactly why we’re handing you Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets—a totally effective, foolproof guide to starting and sustaining conversations on every topic under the sun. Want to wax wise about barbarians, socialist theory, and jazz musicians? What about Keynesian economics, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and James Joyce’s Ulysses? Well, it’s all right here in front of you.

We’ve jam-packed this book with jaw-dropping facts and hysterical anecdotes that are sure to please. So go ahead and stock up for your next soiree. We’re not guaranteeing it will make you the most knowledgeable person in the room . . . just the most interesting.

Short Stories

“Reasons” from What You Wish For

With contributions from some of the best talent writing for children today, What You Wish For is a compelling collection of affecting, inspiring, creepy, and oft-times funny short stories and poems all linked by the universal power of a wish – the abstract things we all wish for – home, family, safety and love.

From the exchange of letters between two girls who have never met but are both struggling with the unexpected curves of life, to the stunning sacrifice one dying girl makes for another, to the mermaid who trades her tail for legs, to the boy who unwittingly steals an imp’s house, and to the chilling retelling of Cinderella, What You Wish For brings together a potent international roster of authors of note to remember and celebrate the Darfuri refugees and their incredible story of survival and hope.

“The Approximate Cost of Loving Caroline” from Twice Told

A girl dresses in a bunny costume to earn her dad’s approval…A boy bakes a cake and takes out his dad in the same afternoon…These are just two of the offbeat and utterly captivating scenarios readers will find in this collection of stories inspired by narrative artwork. Nine charcoal drawings, each one hauntingly surreal, were the creative spur for eighteen different authors. Pairs of writers were sent the same image and asked to write a story to accompany it. The results are fascinating: some of the couplings are strikingly similar; others couldn’t be more different, and all make terrific reading.

“The Great American Morp” from 21 Proms

Prom night.
The stress. The dress.
The hype. The anticipation.

Nothing ever goes the way it’s planned.

Whether it’s the girl whose date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince. Or the guy who wants to get up the courage to say “I love you”…to his best friend’s date. Or the girl who decides to plan a backwards prom–a morp–to protest the silliness of a regular prom. Or the girl who wants a picture-perfect movielife prom…no matter what.

“Freak the Geek” from Geektastic

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you’re a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!


(From novella introduction)

Dearest Reader,

This is a bad zombie apocalypse novella. It was written in a hurry. It is riddled with inconsistencies. And it never quite arrives at whatever point it sought to make. But remember: The $25 you donated to charity in exchange for this steaming mess of prose will help our species shuffle along, and I hope you’ll feel warmed by your good deed as you read. Thank you for decreasing the overall worldwide level of suck, and as they say in my hometown: Don’t forget to be awesome.

Best wishes!
John Green

The book has been made available under creative commons license, so it can be acquired legally here.

This is Not Tom

This Is Not Tom is an interactive novel hidden behind riddles. It was available for public viewing in the internet, but to read the pages readers needed to solve different riddles and clues.

*Note: All summaries are from Goodreads


2 Responses to "The Lesser-Known Works of John Green"

  • This is so great! Thank you for doing this! I had no idea. I really love that he did the Mental Floss books. I totally see it now though, his books always have little bits of trivia in them so this is great. I seriously need to get my hands on these.

    1 Shannon@BooksDevoured said this (January 6, 2012 at 8:42 AM)

  • I had no idea about any of these either! I love Mental Floss.

    2 Melanie said this (January 6, 2012 at 9:01 AM)