happy birthday john green!!

The Beatles reading fan mail, Green Street, London, 9 October 1963. Photo © The Beatles Book.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the Beatle people who have written to me during the year and everybody who sent gifts and cards for my birthday, which I’m trying to forget, in October. I’d love to reply personally to everybody but I just haven’t enough pens.” - John Lennon, The Beatles Christmas Record (1963)


October 17th is the birthday of John Stewart, Green Lantern of Sector 2814.  Happy Birthday, John Stewart!  (Not to be confused with the fake news guy, Jon Stewart)

Created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams, John Stewart first appeared in Green Lantern v.2 #87 in December 1971.  He is DC’s first African-American superhero.  (The Black Racer appeared earlier in 1971, but is not exactly a “hero”).

A former Marine and architect from Detroit, John Stewart was selected by the Guardians of the Universe to be the backup Green Lantern for Hal Jordan when Guy Gardner was seriously injured.  He served as the backup Green Lantern several times before becoming the primary Green Lantern of Sector 2814 in Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984), when Hal Jordan relinquished his ring.  He has remained a member of the Green Lantern Corps, even after Hal Jordan returned.  He has also served as a member of the Justice League.

Here are a few John Stewart comics from the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.

Green Lantern v.2 #188 (May 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Green Lantern: Mosaic v.1 #3 (August 1992), cover by Cully Hamner and Keith Aiken

Green Lantern v.2 #190 (July 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #1 (April 1985), cover by George Perez

Green Lantern v.2 #165 (June 1983), cover by Gil Kane

Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #2 (April 1985), cover by George Perez

Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984), cover by Dave Gibbons

Green Lantern Corps v.1 #202 (July 1986), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson

Green Lantern v.3 #6 (November 1990), cover by Pat Broderick

Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe v.1 #9 (November 1985), cover by Paris Cullins and Dick Giordano


Wow. The world has been blessed to have this beautiful spork for 25 years. Daniel. You have accomplished so freaking much in your lifetime.
•made a best friend for a lifetime
•saved millions of lives
•made opportunities for all of your viewers
•wrote a book
•been on a world tour
•living the life everyone wants
•hit 5 million subs and somehow still manage to be yourself. And we love you for it.
Dan, you are such an amazing human being. Keep doing you, Howell.

Happy Birthday John Green

So it’s John Green’s birthday today. :) Happy birthday, John!

I had the idea some days earlier, that I’d like to make some longer posts about books and authors I like an occasions that fit to them like birthdays or publishing dates. I’d like to use these posts to write about my favourite books, famous books, underrated books or some of my favourite authors, authors that inspired my with their books or authors that I just would like to share with you :)

So for all of you who don’t know him or his books:

  • Looking for Alaska (2005)

Quotes from the book:

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” 

“I may die young, but at least I’ll die smart.” 

If you like this book, you might also like: “The perks of being a wallflowe”, Stephen Chbosky

  • An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

Quotes from the book:

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” 

“He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.” 

“That smile could end wars and cure cancer.” 

  • Let it Snow (with Maureen JOhnson and Lauren Myracle) (2008)

Quotes from the book:

“Once you think a thought, it is extremely difficult to unthink it.” 

“There is always the risk: something is good and good and good and good, then all at once it gets awkward.”

“Being in a bad mood with friends beats being in a bad mood without them.”

If you like this book, you might also like: “Dash & Lily’s Book or dares”, Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

  • Paper Towns (2008)

Book Trailer

Quotes from the book:

“The town was paper, but the memories were not.” 

“If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”

“As long as we don’t die, this is gonna be one hell of a story.” 

If you like this book, you might also like: “Thirteen reasons why”, Jay Asher

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan) (2010)

Quotes from the book:

“Some people have lives; some people have music.” 

“I get it now. I get it. The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.” 

“I’m not asexual. I’m arelationshipal.”

If you like this book, you might also like: “Boy meets boy”, David Levithan (2003)

  • The Fault in our Starts (2012)

Movie trailer for TFIOS 

Book Trailer

Quotes from the book:

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

“It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” 

“Okay?” “Okay.”

If you like this book, you might also like: “Before I die”, Jenny Downham

And what about some merchandise? :)

So, I think this is it :) So, keep calm and read on!