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I just received word that The Fault in Our Stars will be #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for the third consecutive week (i.e., the 2 in the above screenshot will become a 3). This is exciting for obvious reasons, but also for maybe less-obvious ones:
1. The first week, obviously, the book was on top because of the many kind souls among you who preordered the book with no certainty that it would be any good. I hoped that I would not disappoint you, but of course I worried I might. The critical response to the book—from Booklist to the New York Times to the Washington Post to NPR—has been phenomenal, but the real success of a book is whether the people who buy it and borrow it from their libraries like it enough to recommend it to their friends. That the book is still reaching so many new readers three weeks after its publication indicates that many of you are recommending TFiOS and sharing it with your friends, which honestly means more to me than any of the other really wonderful and surprising things that have happened in the last three weeks.
2. It is so weird and magical to be on the same bestseller list as my old friend Ransom Riggs, who I’ve known since we were teenagers and who shared an independent study with me and a couple other friends in which we read James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Ransom is truly an eccentric genius, which is about the highest compliment I can pay someone.

fishingboatproceeds:

I just received word that The Fault in Our Stars will be #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for the third consecutive week (i.e., the 2 in the above screenshot will become a 3). This is exciting for obvious reasons, but also for maybe less-obvious ones:

1. The first week, obviously, the book was on top because of the many kind souls among you who preordered the book with no certainty that it would be any good. I hoped that I would not disappoint you, but of course I worried I might. The critical response to the book—from Booklist to the New York Times to the Washington Post to NPR—has been phenomenal, but the real success of a book is whether the people who buy it and borrow it from their libraries like it enough to recommend it to their friends. That the book is still reaching so many new readers three weeks after its publication indicates that many of you are recommending TFiOS and sharing it with your friends, which honestly means more to me than any of the other really wonderful and surprising things that have happened in the last three weeks.

2. It is so weird and magical to be on the same bestseller list as my old friend Ransom Riggs, who I’ve known since we were teenagers and who shared an independent study with me and a couple other friends in which we read James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. Ransom is truly an eccentric genius, which is about the highest compliment I can pay someone.

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