Guys, don’t get too excited… the title is very misleading. There will be no, I repeat no sauciness in this blog post. Just so we’re clear.
T’other day I was looking at my bookshelves. You know, as you do. Oh come on, you so do that. Anyway, I’m in the process of doing a shufty around, making space for my favourite books and attempting to put them into some kind of order.
It was during this process that I noticed something about the books on my shelves: There is a distinct lack of male writers on my shelves.
The gender of a writer has never been something that’s ever registered with me when I’ve picked up a book. This could be because I’m a very forward thinker and believe that the story and the characters have no relevance to the gender of the author… or it could be that I’m a bit dense.
I’m always, always on the look-out for brilliant books from a male perspective because, as I mentioned in Saturday’s post, half of the book I’m currently writing is from a boy’s perspective. So I decided to make more of an effort to actively read and actually seek out books written by a male and, actually, from a male character’s perspective.
And I want to steal aaaall their ideas.
But I’ve always been told that the best advice a writer can take is read, read, reeeeeead books, so I’m trying to focus on this male perspective for research. And because they look brilliant.
I’ve been on a bit of a book buying binge (Or, as the cool kids call it, Treble B) and here’s what I’ve picked up.
Sprout by Dale Peck. [I read this and it's SO good. Currently trying to sort out a review as I write this.]
A few of the authors I’ve read (Andrew Smith, you crafty heart-breaking devil) but there are others that I’ve never heard of! And not even from a friend of a friend of a book blogger…. Which, considering how diverse the YA book blogging community is, is quite sad, don’t you think?
All these books sound ace though and all of them so different.
Where on the shelf?
Right next to Lady JK.
What books have you read recently by a male author? Have you read any of these? Have you got any more recommendations? Which books do I need to make space for?