10 Books for the Man in Your Life…

I’m pretty sure that we all know at least one guy that we would really like to get into reading, whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, dad, brother, or friend. For me personally, I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I can bring someone new into the wonderful world of reading. And I’m not really sure why, but it seems to be easier to get a girl to read than a guy. Well, I’m here to make things a little less difficult for all of you having a hard time find the perfect book…. You’re welcome. 🙂


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1. Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

This trilogy is a fast-paced epic science fiction adventure. It will satisfy all of that manly need for violence and revenge, as well as giving you a cause to really root for. Also, Sevro is almost reason enough to read this series. Your guy will definitely find his new favorite person. My dad and brother both love this series so I can vouch for its attractiveness to men.

2. Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

I think the guys will appreciate the multiple POVs in this novel, that will keep things interesting for them. I also think they will appreciate that the magical world is structured less fanciful and more mature. Lila is also a total badass who will be a nice female character that they will find easier to relate to, especially if they’re lame like my brother and prefer to only read male POVs. Those boys….

3. The Illuminae Files Trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The unique format and on-the-edge-of-your-seat plotline will leave any guy begging for more. I got my dad to read Illuminae and he loved it. The characters are funny and the story is non-stop action. What more could you ask for?

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4. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Honestly, everyone should read this book. It’s funny, completely original, and is the perfect quick read. Guys will appreciate Biff’s, well, interesting view of Jesus’ life and find themselves crying from laughing so hard at some of the situations these two besties get into. (One being a very interesting encounter with some prostitutes. Yep, I’m serious.)

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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Does your dude enjoy video games? Movies? 80’s music? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then there is a good chance that he will enjoy reading this novel about a teen who goes on a quest through virtual reality to find a treasure left by the creator. This book is chock full of pop culture references that will leave you with a sense of nostalgia and a whole lot of nerd. It’s great!

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6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

If he loves watching old Westerns or thinks John Wayne is the original badass, then he will love this story about two ex-Texas Rangers who decide to brave the cattle drive from South Texas all the way north to Montana. There will be shootouts, kidnappings, and all sorts of crazy adventures throughout this novel. Don’t let the page quantity deter him from trying this one out, it reads much faster than you’d think.

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7. Ender’s Game Series by Orson Scott Card

This is one of, if not, THE standard for YA science fiction. It’s dark, deep, and packs an emotional punch that he’ll never be expecting. Just tell him not to judge the book by the movie!

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8. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Does your man prefer reality to the fantastical? Is he a lover of a good movie drama based on everyday life? Sometimes we can all use a little reality check and no one can pack more feels into a story than Jeff Zentner. Just don’t tell him that he will probably end up shedding a few tears here and there.

9. The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguire

This series is a post-apocalyptic thrill ride that is basically The Walking Dead but with a story where things actually happen and there’s a real ending. Also, it features the most badass female lead that will be a nice reminder to your man that you can and will kick his ass if the need arises.

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10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Disregarding the fact that Neil Gaiman is just one of the coolest people alive, this book is a great foray into his unique writing style that brings to life such an interesting look at mythology. It also has the added benefit of being brought to television by Starz that is scheduled to premiere on April 30th.


What do you think of my list? Which books would you add? Which books do you disagree with?

WWW Wednesday – March 1st, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I’m only a couple of chapters into this one right now, as I didn’t get to read any more of it last night. So far it’s very cute and whimsical, perfect for a middle grade fantasy! Also, can I just mention how in love I am with that cover?!

Inspired by her childhood love of books like The Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir – 5/5 stars
  • We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen – 4/5 stars
  • Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey – 4/5 stars

Obviously, I did a fairly good amount of reading since my last WWW Wednesday post. I also highly recommend all 3 of these books. They were so much fun!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t decided between these 3 books yet but I’m leaning towards The Shadow Queen. I have the sequels for the other two so I think once I start them then I will just end up binge reading the rest of the series. Makes sense, right?


What are you currently reading? What do you plan to read next? Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

February Wrap-Up: Reviews, Reading Challenges, etc.

Can I just say that for the shortest month of the year, I had a damn good reading month. Like I am starting 2017 on a roll, y’all!

Now watch me go into a huge reading slump because I just jinxed myself…Way to go, Larkin.


Books Read

  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 3/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber – 5/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin – 4/5 stars
  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard – 4/5 stars, REVIEW
  • Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2) by Susan Dennard – 3/5 stars
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir – 5/5 stars
  • We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen – 4/5 stars
  • Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey – 4/5 stars

I also read about 150 pages of RoseBlood by A.G. Howard, however I DNFed it because I was both extremely bored and confused. So I won’t be counting it towards my overall goal or total.

Total Books Read: 9

Overall in 2017: 16

Reading Challenge Updates

POPSUGAR

  • A Book of Letters – We Are Still Tornadoes
  • A Book by a Person of Color – A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)
  • A Bestseller from a Genre You Don’t Normally Read – Big Little Lies
  • A Book Published in 2017 – Caraval (Caraval, #1)
  • The First Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before – Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Previous Month

  • A book by or about a person who has a disability – The Architect of Song
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Beat The Backlist

  • Revenge and the Wild
  • Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf, #2)
  • Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
  • A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
  • We are Still Tornadoes

Goodreads Reading Challenge

  • Total: 16/100
  • Previous total: 7/100

Blog Posts

Teaser Tuesdays

WWW Wednesdays

Hype or Like Fridays

Reviews

Discussions/Misc.

All in all, I think February turned out to be a pretty darn good reading month. I’m really looking forward to March as well. I’ve got quite a good mix of reads for this upcoming month, so things should get pretty interesting! 🙂


How did your February go? Did you get a lot of reading done? Which book was your favorite read? What about your least favorite read?