Today, I'm so excited to welcome fellow Potterhead, blogger, and Louisiana resident -- Tiffany! She blogs at Endless Bliss, and has amazing book reviews and lifestyle posts. I asked her to guest post today while I studied all week for finals (ahem, last finals ever!), and boy did she deliver. I'm loving this post, and I added a book or two to my To Read list!
Without further ado, here's Tiffany.
Hi everyone! I'm Tiffany, a 20-something trying to navigate the real world post-graduation. My blog, Endless Bliss, is a happy lifestyle blog where I like to talk about living life with a smile on your face and a book in your hands. I'm such a bookworm, which is why Emily and I connected so easily. Our tastes in books overlap, which I love!
If you ever wander over to my book reviews page, you'll notice that most of the books I review have a few things things in common:
They're usually in one of two categories: contemporary or dystopian.
There's always a killer love story.
There's a female protagonist.
Before I started posting my book reviews, I never noticed that most of the books I read were catered toward girls. Call me non-observant (because I definitely am), but I didn't.
While I love a good Sarah Dessen novel as much as the next girl, every once in awhile, I'll read something with a male protagonist that makes go 'woah,' and today, I'm excited to share with you a few of my favorite novels where the main character isn't a female.
Okay, this may be an obvious first choice, but come on, it's Harry Potter! Of course, I love Harry Potter, and even though my favorite character is actually Hermione, that still doesn't take away from the fact that the main character in JK's debut novels is a male. I think we're all pretty familiar with Harry's wizarding adventures, so I'll just move along.
I don't know that I've ever met someone who has read Perks of Being a Wallflower and not fallen in love with Charlie's story. I wanted to travel into the book and be his friend. I read this book in less than 24 hours because it's hard to put down, even though I already know what happens. It's heartbreaking, but at the same time, it's really uplifting in a weird way.
I jumped on the Maze Runner train a little late. I actually didn't read the books until I found out that they were becoming a movie. I really wanted to not like them, because I'm the kind of person that likes to find something to hate about the books that everyone loves (even though I rarely do), but I found myself really liking this series. While the first book trumped the rest of the series for me, I still had fun getting to know Thomas and following his adventure, even though he's so stubborn that sometimes I just wanted to jump in the book and strangle him.
I was surprised by how hard I fell in love with Openly Straight. It was my first LGBT novel, so I wasn't sure what to expect. And while I can't relate to Rafe's struggle with his homosexuality, there was so much that I could relate to. The book was about discovering yourself and being accepted by your peers, and I loved being able to follow Rafe's journey to find that balance between his old life and his new one.
I can't tell you how many people told me I needed to read this book, and after I did, I couldn't believe it took me so long to do so. I recently bought it from a bargain book sale at a local college, and I still can't believe someone would willingly donate that book. It's so good! I loved Clay Jensen and his big heart and his desire to just do better.
What are some of your favorite books with male protags?
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