Under the Covers || All the Guys…

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.

Just kidding.

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.

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith

The Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel.

Sprout by Dale Peck. [I read this and it’s SO good. Currently trying to sort out a review as I write this.]

What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson. 

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. 

Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aiden Chambers.

Lonesome Howl by Steven Herrick

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?

26 thoughts on “Under the Covers || All the Guys…

  1. It’s funny when you think about it, because the AWW Challenge was started because of the imbalance between male and female authors in the media and awards lists, but I have always read more books by women than men.

    I do love a good male POV though and I hope you like Steven Herrick’s book, I’ve read another of his, Slice, it was fun and he really knows how to write a teenage boy. I also have to recommend Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen.

    p.s I am always staring at my bookshelves and reorganising them ;)

    • I think I’m going to read Lonesome Howl really soon. I really want to read Slice though, it looks brilliant!

      And ooh, thanks for the recommendation! I’ve never even heard of Jarvis 24! Thanks chick.

  2. It is true that I don’t have many male authors on my bookshelf. It’s kinda sad :( But now I will be trying to read more male authors.
    I have been seeing Andrew Smith’s name popping up a lot lately. And because of that I just got In The Path of Falling Objects. I decided to start with that one because of your review of it :)

  3. I don’t read many male authors either. I think the last one I read was probably a John Marsden, but the protagonist was female anyway.

  4. The title of this post cracks me up. I’m just picturing you hoarding ALL the guys under your covers. So that’s where they all got to!

    As far as male writers and male POVs go, I really enjoyed Markus Zusak’s Wolfe Brothers trilogy.

    I also just read Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach, and the voice is SO good! I didn’t think I’d love it – for some reason I thought it was completely about football – but I ended up enjoying it a lot.

    • My YA reviewing brings all the boys to the yard.

      Yes, I saw your reviews for both of those and was very intrigued. I think sports in general need to feature more in YA (not necessarily about boys though…) but, considering a lot of young adults love sport… I can probably count on one hand the books I know that feature it!

  5. Have read Sprout – good isn’t it. Boy meets Boy by David Levithan & Poolboy by Michael Simmons are two books that I have read and can recommend and yes, I too stand and stare…

    • Thanks Frances!

      I loved Sprout so much. I’ve not read either of those books but Poolboy looks amazing. Actually, I may or may not have just bought it. *whistles*

      Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. hmm, most of the YA books I read are by women. But the books I read that are for either children or adults are by both men and women. Odd.
    I don’t know any of the ones you mentioned, but I recently enjoyed Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray, and The Thief Taker’s Apprentice by Stephen Deas.

    • I’ve seen The Thief Taker’s Apprentice before and thought it looked really good! Will definitely have to check that one out.

      You know, I’ve never read anything by Keith Gray apart from a short story in Losing It (a collection he edited) but I really loved it!

  7. Love this post!

    You know what I just realised? My favourite ever guy character (Ty!) was in a book written by a woman. I do seriously need to read more books by male authors. The only fab book I can think of now is Being Billy.

    Also, what book lover doesn’t constantly re-arrange their shelves…if only to fit in their new books! ;)

  8. *pokes head back in*

    Okay, okay, I suppose I’ll read it anyway.

    This is actually something I’ve been thinking about lately–I’ve spent the past few days asking a lot of guy friends if they read female authors/consciously notice the gender of an author, because I feel like there does tend to be this dynamic where women read books by women and men read books by men (not across the board by any means, but my shelves are also dominated by female authors). There’s male authors I wish I connected with more (Patrick Ness–everyone loves him, but I just don’t click), but there are those I love. Neil Gaiman, Bill Willingham, Patrick Rothfuss to name a few.

    • That’s really interesting… this is just my opinion and obviously there will be exceptions, but I think female readers are more likely to read a book written by both male and female authors than male readers are to read a book written by a female.

      It’s a shame though! There are lots of books that are fantastic that would appeal to both genders!

      You don’t connect with Patrick Ness? *clutches heart* OK… I guess I’ll let you off. Seeing as it’s you. ;)

      • I look forward to sauciness! :P

        I’ve enjoyed the two Patrick Ness books that I’ve read, but I haven’t LOVED them the way other have. I read The Knife of Never Letting Go and haven’t really felt the need to read the rest of the series.

        I actually went around asking all of my guy friends if they notice/pay attention to an author’s gender, and most of them said that unless a book is amazing they really don’t notice who the author is at all. Which is pretty odd for me being someone who follows authors from book to book.

  9. I really liked Tim Pegler’s Five Parts Dead. Dan’s voice is so great. Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow is another favorite. I bought another Nick Earls (After Summer) based on Trish Doller’s rec. Umm… I’ve been meaning to read Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey but it’s lost in my to-read pile. Oh! My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. You get two male voices for the price of one. And one you’ve already read is Jesse Andrews Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

    • I’m so desperate to read Five Parts Dead but it’s so pricey over here!

      Jasper Jones is absolutely fab! <3 And I really want to read My Most Excellent Year.

      Thanks for the recs, Magster!

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