Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Guest Post: Favorite Books with Male Protagonists

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:
  1. They're YA.
  2. They're usually in one of two categories: contemporary or dystopian.
  3. There's always a killer love story.
  4. 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.
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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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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  1. I've read three of these books and would totally agree that they are great!

    Nothing can beat Harry Potter though...

  2. So thanks you guys for the new reads to look forward to! I enjoy the Iron Druid series (as does my whole family, and even my extended family) by Kevin Hearne. Start with Hounded. Also love Adrian McKinty and his series on The Troubles in Ireland. Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. I write reviews too!, we should totally commiserate!

  3. Thanks so much for letting me guest post! I had so much fun writing this for you.

  4. Great list! I've been hearing great things about Maze Runner!

  5. I love a good book :) Thank you for sharing!

  6. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why! Such a good book.

    Obviously Harry Potter is amazing :)

  7. Oooh these sound great! I like changing up the focus character...when I get to read! :D

  8. Obvs everybody loves Harry Potter, but I love when I can find another book with a male protagonist. The Kite Runner was good and written from an entirely male perspective.. Since writers know their audience is women they automatically assume that we all want to read a story that we can relate to

  9. I really enjoyed The Fifth Wave. I did not care for Thirteen Reasons Why. And we love HP in this house. We love dressing up for HP parties, too.