Books That Have a Male Protagonist

Hello! Happy Tuesday, I hope your week is starting off well!

I notice that a lot of YA books have a lot of focus on female characters, I know that sometimes when it’s a romance, it has both, but even then it usually focuses on the female main character. So, I wanted to pick out of a few books that focus on the male characters for the majority of the book. 

As I was looking through the books with a male main character, I noticed that more than half of the novels had taken place in a different setting other than a typical school. They had different worlds or plotlines of dystopian or utopian settings, which I found really interesting. Something that didn’t really surprise me though is that more than half of the authors were male, but I feel like that is fairly common. Authors usually (not all the time) write their main characters using their own gender. 


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

As most of you know, Harry Potter is based upon his life in a world of wizards. So this is an obvious one, but  I thought it would be nice to add it to this list.

512-aldvAsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns by John Green

This book follows Quentin or Q, who is in search of finding his neighbor Margo. He notices that she has left behind clues in order to find where she went. I think this is another book that it’s nice to see a male character, and not only that but Q has male friends, so it’s mostly just a group of guys, which is a nice change as well.

7766027I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book takes place is Jasper or Jazz’s perspective. This isn’t a typical young adult novel. Jazz’s father has been imprisoned for being a serial killer, which allows Jazz to be motivated to help the local Police Department when a new serial killer comes around. I think this book has a nice twist of character and plot, and it has a male protagonist.

51NzrYog-7L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I feel like this book is fairly popular but for those who aren’t familiar, this book has a male main character named Wade. He enters a virtual utopia name OASIS and decides to figure out puzzles in order to win. I think this another example of a well written YA novel with a male lead.

 

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry or also Monty sets on a quest called The Grand Tour of Europe where he brings along his friend Percy and sister Felicity. During this trip, Monty’s recklessness brings them trouble along the way. This novel is very fun to read and has LGBT romance within it so I think that it’s something to consider when choosing the next book to read.

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron is trying to find happiness after a tragedy happens. He tries to move on with the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his friend Thomas. But there’s something about Thomas that confuses him about himself and for his future. Aaron is determined to fix it by going to the Leteo Institution. I think this is an interesting novel about diverse themes, like mental health or LGBT views. 

9780440414803_mresHoles by Louis Sachar

This story is about Stanley who is said to be under a curse. He is sent to an all-boys detention center where the warden makes them dig holes all day. It’s an interesting story to read about because it takes place essentially in the middle of nowhere but there’s a lot of character development and has a male main character.

514hIkoe-JL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book tackles a lot of heavy topics because a good majority of where it takes place is in a psychiatric hospital. This is because Craig, the main character is suicidal, and attempts suicide and is placed inside the hospital to seek. I saw this book as a more positive book for mental health because instead of Craig being miserable and wanting to leave, he takes it as he can change. I think it’s also important in having a male main character in these kinds of situations because men have mental illnesses too.

71LkLmxqgjLEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Although this novel is in dual perspective switching between Eleanor and Park, I think it is more for Park to be the main character especially at the end of the book. This is just kind of realistic expectations of unexpected friends and then to this sort of romance. In this high school sort of scenario, I think it’s important to have a male main character because I feel that most high school novels are written in female perspective most of the time and it’s nice to have a boys perspective of things.

SummonerNoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu

I think this book is fairly similar to Harry Potter, so there isn’t much for me to elaborate on. Fletcher has learned he can summon demons, and enters a Military Academy in order how to control summoning and other skills. I think that Fletcher adds a nice touch because he’s new to the whole summoning thing but if I remember correctly he knows some things about it or is aware of it. So he learns how to control it but not is completely out of the loop.

April Monthly Wrap-Up – 2019

Hello! I hope you all are having a great week. I cannot believe that another month has gone by. I am almost done with my semester, it doesn’t seem like it has gone that fast. I had an okay reading month, but I’m glad I got around to reading these books this month.

Let me know in the comments on how you’re reading month went and if you have any goals for reading either next month or in the summer!

**If you have read any of these books, or want to give me a recommendation on what to read next, let me know in the comments or contact me via email or social media!**


Number of Books Read: 3

Types of Books: 

3 Young Adult Fiction

Pages Read: Approx. 1,078


The books I read were:

IKnewHim-f500I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville 

Rating: 3 stars

I received this book as an arc. I thought it was okay, nothing special or anything. It was a quick, cute romance about a boy who’s discovering his sexuality, and finds someone who he likes. If you want to know more of my thoughts, here’s my review!

 

 

41XEi5uf5DL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 3 stars

I felt as though this wasn’t the strongest book in the series. Nothing really happened at all. We got some answers but it’s never explained in more detail of what it means or what’s going to happen next. I will probably continue with the series but this was mostly a filler book, I guess.

 

51G6lgVzXiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

Rating: 2.5 stars

I didn’t go into this expecting much but it was kind of weird because it felt like an average romance story but not at the same time. I definitely felt that it didn’t flow together as it should have. If you want to know more of my thoughts, I have a review posted!

 

 

 

Recent books I have bought/received:

The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Shatter Me (Hardcover) by Tahereh Mafi

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

 

 

 

 

Blogiversary!

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Hello! I’m excited to share with you all with exciting news! I’ve officially been blogging for an entire year! I’m so thankful for everyone who has visited my blog. I also truly appreciate all of my followers who stick with me while I grow and improve within this blog! 

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To celebrate I wanted to ask all of you to comment with questions for a Q&A for my blog post next Tuesday. You can send me any questions book-related or personal, it doesn’t matter to me. Also, let me know if you want me to create a video of me answering these questions or make a written blog post!

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Besides the Q&A, if you have any suggestions for blog posts or any posts you want to see more of or have any other comments you have about my blog, please comment or contact me!

 

What If It’s Us

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Rating: 2.5 stars

“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”

I didn’t go into this book with hardly any expectations and it’s probably a good thing because I don’t think it would have lived up them if they were higher. I think it was enjoyable in some parts but other times it was just meh.

The diversity in the book was a nice touch with ADHD, different ethnics like Puerto Rican, and sexuality. I just wished that the characters themselves were diverse because the main characters were very similar to the fact that I forgot whose perspective I was reading. The side characters were also very similar, they had the same kind of energy and the way they talked was almost the same to me.

It also seemed like there wasn’t really a plot because after they found each other after their first encounter. It was essentially Ben and Arthur have multiple dates and side characters hangout of with them and then summer ends. There wasn’t really anything special about the plot in the book.

“We all talk a big game like the universe is actually setting us up for something epic, and then everything ends. If we were all just a little more realistic, we wouldn’t keep losing people.”

Ben and Arthur are described to be very different people but when they are interacting they are very similar and it’s not in a good way. I had to occasionally check to see whose perspective I was reading. Their relationship was realistic in the beginning especially on the first couple of dates; it was awkward but it’s how you would expect going on a date with someone you don’t know. As it progressed they didn’t have any chemistry but they acted like they have been together for a longer time than they had. I do like how the authors made it show that both of the characters were flawed in their own ways, and they accepted each other. It was nice to see them knowing they have flaws, and sometimes people can get insecure about them but in this book, they didn’t make it so it consumed them.

I will say the ending was realistic. It was a plausible decision for both of them and considering they were both 17 or 18, it makes sense that they couldn’t stay in one place for the sake of the other one. I also liked how it didn’t mean that they weren’t going to see each other again, but I’m still glad they stayed in touch though.

The friends of either Ben or Arthur were okay. Dylan was kind of annoying, his energy didn’t seem realistic to me, and I think during the problems/fights he had with Ben, he didn’t understand him fully and brushed it off. Arthur’s friends felt like they didn’t seem like they were friends with him for as long as they said they have been.

Overall, this was book was okay. The characters felt underdeveloped because they were all very similar. I did enjoy different parts throughout the book, mostly through reading Arthur and Ben’s relationship because it was cute when they got past the awkward parts of the beginning of their relationship.

“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.” 

If You Like This Book, Then You’ll Like…

Hello! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I’ve been meaning to make a post like this for a while now, and here it is! I’m going to be talking about books that you might like based on books you might have read.

Also a little note: I decided to get rid of the Book Haul tab, but the previous book hauls will be underneath the Monthly Wrap-up tab. From now on I will include and books I have obtained in recent months, and in the future in the Wrap-up posts.

**If you have any other recommendations or any others you would like to add, please leave a comment!!**


81dZd9aMhjLIf you like this: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: A year after 9/11, Shirin is still enduring the backlash the tragic event has caused because she’s Muslim. She keeps to herself and hangs out with her brother until she meets Ocean, a boy who goes to her school and changes her perspective about people.

915XZDoqAQLThen you’ll like: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.

These books talk about the horrific event of 9/11 and how others have had to deal with the result and hatred towards those of Muslim culture. The messages throughout both of these novels send a positive message regardless of the negativity.


91TZV+xgSsLIf you like this: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Summary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.

27833670Then you’ll like: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Summary: Jason Dessen is out celebrating one night, and all of a sudden he’s kidnapped. He then realizes that he can travel through alternate parallels through this box. He must find a way to make it to his real universe in order to go back to his original life. 

Although these books are different the concept of reliving the same day and switching through universes, I think, is very similar. So if you enjoyed Neverworld Wake, you will probably enjoy Dark Matter. Even the reading experiences for me were quite similar, having me guess and kept me on the edge of my seat.


71Ha8X7iAjLIf you like this: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Summary: Aristotle is upset about his life and his outlook is quite unusual. He meets Dante at the public pool and instantly become friends. Together they discover themselves and the important things about life.

28919058.jpgThen you’ll like: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Summary: Tanner moves to Utah and is nearly graduated from high school. His friend Autumn convinces him to join a seminar where he must write a book in four months. He’s unsure in the beginning but when he meets Sebastian, he changes his mind and starts coming back out the closet.

These two novels are similar because they question who they want to be but also find love along the way. Both of these are very cute and fun to read.


milkIf you like this: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Summary: A poem collection about love, loss, feminity, abuse, and other heavy topics.

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Then you’ll like: Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Summary: A poem collection about ruined friendships, good and evil, and self-exploration.

These collections are similar but also focus on different things. I find it hard to explain poetry novels because I think it’s better to go in with very little knowledge. If you want more poetry if you’ve read Milk and Honey, you won’t regret picking up Water Runs Red.


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookIf you like this: Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Summary: After his parents die, Harry must live with his terrible relatives. One day, a man named Hagrid came to tell him he’s a wizard and will attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and learn magic and spells.

SummonerNoviceThen you’ll like: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Summary: Fletcher, a blacksmith apprentice discovers he can summon demons. After his realization, he attends Adept Military Academy to learn how to summon demons but also train to fight against orcs. He gets caught in some dangers leading him to rely on Ignatius, his demon. 

When I read the Novice it reminded me of Harry Potter because of the training inside the academy but also Pokemon because with the summoning. The premises are different but they do have some similarities that might be appealing if you have read the Harry Potter series.

Do I Have That Book Tag

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

I have the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi so any of those

2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

It’s not very clear, but We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

Yes, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

I have Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

After searching, the first one I found was New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

I might, I don’t have access to check this book for confirmation but I believe that Clockwork Princess is a Mass Market Paperback

7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

I don’t own books that have the pen name but I do own books of the authors that have used pen names before, like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

I do. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

This might be cheating but Throne of Glass has a map on two pages, but it’s just a connecting map

10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

The Six of Crows duology is turning into a TV show, but it’s not currently out

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)

I do, I have one called Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

The only one I can think of is Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

13. Do you have a poetry book?

I have multiple. The first one I saw was Love Her Wild by Atticus

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

Yes. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I believe I don’t. I have multiple authors beginning with N but not my last initial.

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

I don’t think so. I just unhauled a book that did though

17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, this one took a long time to find because there were a lot of books below or above this amount

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

Yes. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

It’s a manga called Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

I do. I have My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

March Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello! I hope your week is starting off well.

This month was fairly busy, but I feel satisfied with how many books I read because school work started to build up, then some other things came up, and then spring break. But I had a fairly decent reading month.

**If you have read any of these books, or want to give me a recommendation on what to read next, let me know in the comments or contact me via email or social media!**


Number of Books Read: 3

Types of Books: 

1 Poetry

2 New Adult

Pages Read: Approx. 1026


The books I read were:

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare

Rating: 4 ­stars

This is something I didn’t know I needed. I don’t really read poetry, and I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. The writing was so beautiful, beyond belief; I’m amazed. I also didn’t connect with it for a good majority, but I still enjoyed it because it was a memoir written in poems. You must read it.

 

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Rating: 4 stars

This book was so good. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of it all. It was executed so wonderfully, and I was not disappointed by any means. I received this as an ARC copy for NetGalley, and have a full review posted, so if you would like to know more, it’s under the Review tab!

 

 

33519394The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Rating: 3 stars

I heard about this book a while ago and decided to buy it. I was on my trip to Chicago and decided to read it, and I actually buddy read this with my boyfriend as well. Our thoughts are fairly similar to this book, there were fairly many grammatical errors while reading this which was distracting, and the dialogue between the characters was unrealistic and awkward, almost forced. However, the relationship build up between the two characters were really cute. This book was just okay.