Favorite Five Books Told in First Person POV
I really love First Person POV. As a reader who likes to get close to characters, this allows me to get really close to our main character. First Person does have its pitfalls, however. You only know what that character is thinking. Also, your main character could be a total liar and an unreliable narrator–they could be fooling you the entire book! First person can be limiting, but it also has some interesting things going for it. This will be a tough list because I’m going to try and stay away from my most frequently mentioned books…like Kushiel’s Dart by Carey (there, I mentioned it anyway!).
Storm Front (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
I really love The Dresden Files. After reading the entire series last year, Harry has earned a special place in my heart. A lot of Urban Fantasy is told in First Person. I think it works well for a genre that has a lot of focus on solving crimes and other puzzles, one person trying to put everything together.
Flesh and Spirit (Lighthouse Duet) by Carol Berg
Over the last few years, Carol Berg has become one of my favorite fantasy authors. As much as I love Transformation and her Rai Kirah series, I was blown away by her Lighthouse Duet. Valen starts out an extremely selfish character and at first you want to hate him a little. He reminds me a bit of Prince Aleksander from Rai Kirah (one of my favorite characters) but here he’s the main character. I loved reading this book and seeing things being revealed over the course of it, it was like a fun puzzle speculating what was to come every few chapters and seeing whether or not I was right with my guesses.
Red Rising (Red Rising) by Pierce Brown
Okay, I know I have mentioned this one a couple of times before, but I really love Red Rising! The new series has veered off with other POV’s, but for the first trilogy we’re following Darrow from his POV. I think for the scope of what the story was, FP was a good choice, it puts you in Darrow’s shoes and keeps you in the thick of the action. I am sort of glad that things have been expanded to other POV’s in the new trilogy though, because I think the scope of the story has become much bigger than Darrow (as much as I love him. Darrow!)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This is such a great book. I loved it even if the ending disappointed me (personally–it worked really great for the story though!). I think I read this book in something like five hours, staying up late reading into the night. This is an example where we really get to explore things that are unfamiliar along side of our POV character. It’s great seeing things from the character’s perspectives for stories like this. It also makes this one a much more personal journey.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
I love this book sooooo much. It just ticks so many boxes for me as far as things I love in a good story. Lovely and dream-like prose, a beautiful romance, and a fairy-tale like feel. There’s also great character arcs. This one was one of my favorite reads of 2017 for a reason, just saying. 😀
Those are my pics for this week! What are some of your favorite First Person POV reads? Thoughts on my picks? Leave a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!