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. 🙂
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?
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.)
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?