This Made Me Super Happy

December 8th, 2010 • Kate

thumb_AnnaFrenchKissLast night, I scrolled through my Twitter stream to find this awesomeness from John Green:

Just finished ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, an engrossing and amazingly romantic novel by nerdfighter @naturallysteph SO GOOD

Followed by the EVEN MORE AWESOME comment from John to Maureen Johnson:

@maureenjohnson have you read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS? It’s like you and me and Sarah Dessen had a really sexy baby.

Stephanie Perkins and I are, as we speak, petitioning to have that put on the paperback edition of Anna.

As it happens, I’m seeing a ton of chatter about the book on Twitter — from other authors, editors, and agents. It’s today’s high tech digital form of word-of-mouth! I’m doing my part to contribute to it, of course, but I’m also curious about the flip side.

What books have you bought or otherwise picked up because you heard about them online? And not just one review, or tastemarker tweeting about it, but also those books that swarmed into your consciousness like angry bees. But with less stinging. Let the comments ring!

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14 Responses to “This Made Me Super Happy”

  1. James Says:

    Three words: The. Hunger. Games.

    Had never heard about them until all of a sudden ALL my book friends online start talking about it, so I pick it up, and 3 books down the line have never looked back.

    Without that word of mouth, I'd never have picked it up (or not for another 2 years until the movie hits anyway)

  2. Elizabeth Briggs Says:

    I bought Anna because of all the reviews online, and because I liked Stephanie Perkins' blog. I finished the book last night and was not disappointed!

  3. Olivia Says:

    This is why I love John Green, and its his and Maureen's books that come to mind when thinking about stuff I've read due to the internet.

    Then there's the ones recommended to me by friends via Facebook, but I wouldn't count those.

  4. Krista V. Says:

    Honestly, I've lost track of how many books I've picked up because of an online recommendation. Those are pretty much the only books I read, since I'm not much of a pick-a-book-at-random sort of gal.

  5. Vania Says:

    I bought Anna because of all the awesome stuff I'd heard about it. I also bought Graceling solely on what I'd heard about it.

  6. Chelsey Says:

    Anna is one. Five Flavors of Dumb. Jane, from Meg Cabot's book club.

    Oh. So basically anything I've read this month….

  7. Mandy P. Says:

    I second The Hunger Games. I had never heard of it and then suddenly everyone was talking about it (this was like the month before Mockingjay came out). So I had to pick it up.

  8. Liz Says:

    When it comes to new authors, I'm pretty much only a word of mouth reader. If internet people I like enjoy a book enough to mention it, then I'm there.

    Hayley G. Hoover got me started reading Jaclyn Moriarty books. John Green got me started on Maureen Johnson. And I feel like John Green also mentioned ANNA a few months ago, and that's why I pre-ordered it. Anyway, ANNA just arrived, and I can't wait to start reading.

  9. Elizabeth Says:

    I bought and read all of Cassandra Claire's books due to the twitter buzz and also "Black Cat" by Holly Black, "Paranormalcy" by Kiersten White and the Hunger Games Trilogy. Honestly, I haven't been dissapointed yet. Twitter has never steered me wrong…

  10. Megan Says:

    I just got it in the mail from Penguin Australia and OMG I scream a little and started it right away. And only finished it half an hour ago, and just reviewed it too. It is deserving of everything it gets – what an amazing book!

    Oh, and that comment from John Green is totally awesome and you SHOULD put it on the cover!

  11. Sara Says:

    I started reading Maureen Johnson's books because I somehow found her Twitter. Her sense of humor made me laugh so much, I thought I'd try her books. Haven't regretted that decision.

    It's hard to trace anymore of the books I've read to online, because I work in a bookstore, so I'm constantly seeing things that I want to read or getting recommendations from my coworkers. But I did read John Marsden's Tomorrow, When the War Began after seeing of it on Twitter and then having a friend online tell me I should read it.

  12. Joan Park Says:

    I can't wait to get this book! The internet is going crazy with praises for Anna!! xD

  13. JJ Says:

    I bought the Hunger Games and April, May & June because of Twitter.

  14. Andrea Graham Says:

    I'm actually in the middle of reading this now, and it is quickly shaping up to be my favorite YA book. As a Teen Services librarian, I will certainly be recommending this one, and Stephanie Perkins for years to come!