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The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to Male POVs

Recommendations for YA books with a male POV

I know that with my wedding coming up, taking on a time consuming project such as making a new guide/infographic is probably the last thing I should do… But lately feeling like I have so much to do has made me feel like I need to be productive and somehow reading just wasn’t do that for me so I took on a blog project instead! I have a ton of fun sharing my recommendations and making these graphics so a new “guide” seemed like the perfect project for a time like this!

I almost forgot that I wanted to make a “guide” to male POVs. I’ve actually touched on the topic a couple times on my blog with the Top Ten Tuesday topic “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Male Readers” as well as picking it for My Latest Bookish Addiction, but I thought it was time to finally put it into a nice, formal graphic for easy viewing!

Without further ado, here are my favorite YA books from a male POV (and then some)!

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BOOKS MENTIONED

  1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider // Review
  2. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller // Review
  3. Fault Line by Christa Desir // Review
  4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman // Review
  5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman // Review
  6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green // Review
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // Review
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry // Amazon
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner // Amazon
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky // Amazon
  11. Stardust by Neil Gaiman // Review
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // Review
  13. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid // Review
  14. Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell // Review
  15. The Rule of Three by Eric Waters // Review
  16. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne // Review
  17. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller // Review
  18. White Cat by Holly Black // Review
  19. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown // Review
  20. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel // Review
  21. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman // Review
  22. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // Review
  23. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi // Review
  24. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // Review
  25. Nil by Lynne Matson // Review
  26. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks // Review
  27. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey // Review
  28. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // Review
  29. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski // Review
  30. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger // Review
  31. Legend by Marie Lu // Review
  32. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho // Review
  33. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell // Review
  34. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg // Review
  35. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry // Review
  36. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay // Review
  37. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu // Review
  38. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // Review
  39. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson // Review
  40. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // Review
  41. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch // Review
  42. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson // Review
  43. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead // Review
  44. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin // Review
  45. Vicious by Victoria Schwab // Review
  46. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern // Review

Looking for more reading recommendations? Here are some more posts to check out!

Top Ten Tuesday – November 19, 2013: Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Male Readers

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:  Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Male Readers

Well, I saw the suggestion of “reluctant male readers” and since I’ve been really into male POVs lately, I can’t help but pick that one! I’m taking on some of my favorite books narrated by a male main character AND by a female MC that I think would work well for male readers!

MALE POVS

        

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) – Gayle Forman || Where She Went Re-Read: Adam Wilde is hands down my favorite male narrator. Gayle Forman is pretty genius and his voice feels incredibly genuine in this book!
The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider: I fell in love with The Beginning of Everything and I was surprised that it was a male POV! I actually wasn’t expecting it.
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline: READY PLAYER ONE totally surprised me. I was like ehhhh, video games, ehhhh boy things but HELLLOOOOO it was so awesome and so much fun. Clearly, I love snark and sass and fun male attitudes so the guys in RPO were totally for me! Especially if you’re a guy (or you know a guy) who does like audiobooks…. Get the audio!
Insignia – S.J. Kincaid: INSIGNIA was actually one of the first books YA books that I read with a male POV. I think I had read a couple before but usually shied away from them. I totally loved it — not expecting to at all — and the main characters is fourteen, so it’s easy for younger teens to enjoy as well!
How To Lead a Life of Crime – Kirsten Miller: HOW TO LEAD A LIFE OF CRIME is another book I didn’t expect to end up loving but totally did. I thought it was going to be something about super heroes, but it was actually more realistic fiction with some action and a whole lot of mind games. I almost wanted to label it as dystopian but it really wasn’t. It was definitely enjoyable and something I’d recommend to guys and gals alike who are looking for a little bit of a darker read.

FEMALE OR MULTIPLE POVS

        

Champion (Legend #1) — Marie Lu: I just finished LEGEND this past week — finally! — and I think it’s totally on par with The Hunger Games… With the potential to be even better, I think! I was so impressed with Marie Lu’s characters — a strong female in June and equally strong but not as obviously so in Day. Marie Lu is an amazing writer. There were so many things I didn’t see coming and an interesting post-apocalyptic/dystopian world.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) — Suzanne Collins: Obviously. These books (and now movies) are BIG — and totally worth it! I think male readers would appreciate the action, adventure, and even a bit of gore. I also like how it focuses on the political aspects and doesn’t get too heavy into the romance, despite the fact that it is a big part of the series.
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer: Okay, so many Cinderella retold doesn’t really appeal to guys but it’s my FAVORITE series. It’s exciting, surprising, unique, and creative. I was never bored and every situation is innovative. So just try it, huh?
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo: Another favorite! This may appeal more to guys than Cinder does though. It has a bit more of a militant aspect (over political figures) and  instead of Lunars, we have some kickass magical elements through the Grisha. Dangerous villains, creepy creatures, darkness, armies, magic, fighting. Trust me… It’s awesome.
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater: The Raven Boys is a bit of a different choice. I feel like the tone is very deliberate and sophisticated (not that the other suggestions aren’t, but you know what I mean). To say it’s lyrical would probably turn some guys away so forget I said that! No, don’t run! The Raven Boys has intrigue, mystery, history, paranormal, and some amazingly real characters. Most of the characters are actual male — the boys of Aglionby (“the raven boys”) — and Blue is pretty much the only girl, and a independent, feisty one at that. I think it’s a really interesting read and that anyone can enjoy it!

I have plenty more books that I love with a male main character (as noted in one of My Latest Bookish Addictions) but I wanted to include some of my favorites with female voices as well! What books have you recommended to your male friends and family? Students? Significant Others?

My Latest Bookish Addiction [6] – Male POVs

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Male POVs, especially in YA.

It’s undeniable that there is a LOT of YA out there written by female authors and naturally, most of those will have female POVs. Upon completing Robyn Schneider’s THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING during my re-read of WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman, I realized that sometimes that male POV is such a nice and refreshing break from the female perspective. It’s nice to be in a different mindset and see things from a different point of view. I immediately knew I had to make it My Latest Bookish Addiction and share with you my favorite YA reads with male POVs!

           

These authors nailed it. These are some of the most authentic male voices I’ve read in YA that tell an awesome story. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. Funny thing is… Almost all of these authors are female writing a male POV. They’re totally awesome and I totally connected with these guys. Some I want to be best friend with and others instantly became my book boyfriends. (I’m looking at YOU, Adam Wilde.)

In a sea of female voices, I’ve found these books to be so refreshing! There’s something about a male voice that just allows you to see a story in a totally different light. I feel like a lot of times, the male POV is allowed to have a little more humor (Life After Theft). Sometimes they’re allowed to take things to a darker place than their female counterparts (How to Lead a Life of Crime). And other times we get a story that is more a “male’s scene” and just feels more natural with a male MC (Insignia, Ready Player One).

If you’re looking for a great YA male protagonist, I’d recommend starting with any one of the books pictured above! (Each cover will take you to my review.)

Not sure you’re in the mood for a male MC? You can always ease yourself into with with alternating POVs. This seems to be a really popular trend lately and I feel like it’s something that’s either a love it or a hate it thing for me. I have latched on to quite a few books with alternating male and female main character POVs, though, so here are a few of my favorites!

     

Were there any great male POVs I missed? What is it that you think makes a male POV so interesting when female POVs seem to be more common?