Top 5 Saturday: Books from Male only POVs

We’re back with another Top 5 Saturday! Just in case you don’t know Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books and it’s where we list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favourite books, books you loved/hated) based on the week’s topic. You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post πŸ™‚ This week’s topic is: male POVsI’m taking this to mean male only POVs

Okay wow, I didn’t think I’d struggle as much as I did to think of a list for today’s prompt! Turns out, a lot of the books I own on my TBR aren’t written from male (only) POVs πŸ™ƒ I also don’t think I ever properly paid attention to this before (oops! πŸ™ˆ) but that’s pretty interesting to note! Also interesting was that when I took to Google and Goodreads (as I usually do to jog my memory for these prompts), it turns out a lot of male POV lists are either romance or YA related (or both), with little to no mention of contemporary fiction, mysteries/thrillers, adult fantasy or the sub-genres. So that wasn’t really useful… but after deep-diving into my failing memory (and my Kindle shelf!) I’ve managed to make a list of five books from mixed genres including adult fantasy, middle-grade fantasy and contemporary fiction!

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

I actually started listening to Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe on audiobook as it’s read by Lin Manuel Miranda and we all know how much I stan him πŸ₯° But I actually never got around to finishing it because I really have to be in the right mood for audios; but my sister let me borrow her copy so I hope to read it soon(ish)! This book has already made me emo.

In the second fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea, Herbert and Violet team up to solve the mystery of the Gargantis β€” an ancient creature of the deep with the power to create life-threatening storms.
There’s a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone!

We’re back with the precocious Lost-and-Founder Herbie Lemon in Gargantis, the second book of The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series! I loved book one of the series so much more than I expected (read my review for Malamander) so when I saw this on NetGalley you can bet I swooped in for a request — never thought it’d be granted though because that literally never happens to me LOL πŸ˜‚

This is almost a love story.
Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of an overbearing father. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.
But then we fast forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question, what happened in the years between?
This is almost a love story. But it’s not as simple as that.

I first heard about Tin Man when I saw it being shared repeatedly on bookstagram towards the end of 2018 and the minute I heard about how emotional it made some of my favourite reviewers, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP! I’m an emotional reader so this one is bound to have me in tears and I can’t wait for the emotional wringing that I’m expecting πŸ˜‚

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

I’ve had A Gentleman in Moscow on my physical shelf for quite a few years now. I bought it after randomly picking it up at the bookstore and reading its synopsis. I love historical fictions and this sounds so interesting! I’ve heard some mixed reviews but I’m looking forward to reading it πŸ™‚

Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother’s tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. They say these are violent times, the end of days when the dead roam and monsters haunt the night. All that’s true enough, but there’s something worse out there, in the dark. Much worse.
From being a privileged royal child, raised by a loving mother, Jorg Ancrath has become the Prince of Thorns, a charming, immoral boy leading a grim band of outlaws in a series of raids and atrocities. The world is in chaos: violence is rife, nightmares everywhere. Jorg has the ability to master the living and the dead, but there is still one thing that puts a chill in him. Returning to his father’s castle Jorg must confront horrors from his childhood and carve himself a future with all hands turned against him.

I think it’s safe to say, what with all the dead bodies on the cover, that Prince of Thorns is going to be quite the dark fantasy read! I’ve never read Lawrence before and based on what I’ve heard, his Red Sister series is more popular than this one, but this was the first I heard of him! I’m very curious about it although I’m not sure how I’ll feel about all the ‘dark stuff’.

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I’m more than a little certain that I’ve missed a few gems so if you have any recommendations for male POVs in whatever genre, please share the titles below. I’d love to add more to my TBR! πŸ˜‰

27 thoughts on “Top 5 Saturday: Books from Male only POVs

  1. Oh, I LOVED A Gentleman in Moscow! The writing is lovely and just so…lively? I don’t know how to express it.

    And of course, Aristotle and Dante is beautiful. (Perfect read for Pride Month, starting in 2 days…πŸ˜‰)

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    • Ooh yas! I love hearing that πŸ’œ I’ve heard some mixed reviews about it mostly because of the pace (if I’m not mistaken) but by the end most people that I know have read it ended up enjoying it! I’m excited for it πŸ˜€ Should definitely get on it, huh? Lol And YES! I reckon Pride month would be a great time finish Ari & Dante’s story πŸ˜‰

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  2. I’ve heard that Prince of Thorns is like REALLY dark. I mean I might like it but if you don’t like dark books you might want to read some reviews first! Malamander sounds like a MG book I need to get my hands on! Thanks for joining! I found this topic a lot harder than I thought it would be! Also next months topics are on my post.

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    • I will definitely check out more of the reviews before picking it up. Always worried that I’ll end up spoiling something for myself but it’s definitely a good idea considering the dark vibes I’m getting from it πŸ˜… Although this prompt was pretty tough I think it was one of my favourite prompts so far because it really made me think and do a deep(er) dive into my TBR haha


      • I just heard that the main character is a bit messed up. I tend to like darker books but if it’s something you’re concerned about I’d check to see any trigger warnings in reviews.

        I also thought it was really tough but it did make me realize how unbalanced my reading has been without male POVs. I did have to look through a lot of books as well.


  3. I feel your struggle with this weeks topic. I mainly read romance and can only recall 3, maybe 4, books out of the high hundreds I’ve read that were male pOV only, so I cheated and threw in a couple of MM stories. I was wondering about including some Terry Pratchett but it’s a few years since I read them and I wasn’t totally sure if they were solely male pov.

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    • It’s funny that a lot of the lists that I found through search were romance related for this male only POV topic! I was pretty surprised actually! MM stories would definitely still count too πŸ˜€ I haven’t read anything by Pratchett yet so I can’t say but now that I think about it, Gaiman does the male only POV! πŸ˜€

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  4. This one is hard! I don’t think I can even recall a book I’ve read that’s only from male POVS that being said I’ve heard the Gentleman in Moscow is incredible! Great list πŸ’›

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  5. OMG DINI YOU NEED TO READ ARI AND DANTE LIKE YESTERDAY! It’s just…. omg I love it so much. πŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’–πŸ’› The emotions. The prose. The characters. It’s just perfection. 😍😍😍😍 I don’t think I’d like it in audio format though. Because the words Dini… there’s something about the way Saenz phrases words together that you need to quietly pause every now and then just so you can take it all in. An audiobook sounds like it would be too rushed imo though πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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    • OMG I KNOW. I can’t believe I haven’t finished it yet, Emer! I honestly don’t know why I haven’t because I was really enjoying the story, especially the audiobook narrated by Miranda (my bias haha) 😍😍😍 I think Pride month would be a great time to finish it πŸ˜‰ so I think I’ll put it on in between my many blog tour reads lmao I’ll follow along with the book this time so I think that’ll also help me take the story and writing in better πŸ’ž

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  6. I love this Top 5 theme + your choices! The theme is really nice, I am already thinking of what books have Male POV and I remember some great books. Aristotle and Dante is AMAZING, I hope you enjoy it! I so so need to read Gargantis, I loved the first book and I hope the second book is just as good.

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    • Thank you! It was one of the tougher prompts but actually one of my favourites to do because it really made me think about the topic and do a deeper dig through my TBR 🀣 I’m really keen to get to Ari & Dante, everyone has been really recommending it. I’m so excited for Gargantis too — Malamander was such a winner! 😍


    • Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them both — I’m seeing a lot of people commenting saying the same thing so I’m even more excited to read them both (hopefully soon)! πŸ’ž


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