Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Books I'd Recommend to X Person. Who's the target of my recommendations? I'm going to go with Boys (or YA Fans Who Want A Break From Female Protagonists). There are so many books out there these days, but the YA and MG markets don't seem to reflect the fact that boys make up 50% of the population. So here are some books I'd recommend that would appeal not just to the female segment of the market:
10. The Thief (The Queen's Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner - This is one of my all-time favourites. Gen is a fun character and a great narrator... and just the sort of fellow you'd want to go on an adventure with.
9. Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion - One of the most enjoyable zombie novels I've read, this one really lets you get inside a male character's head... even if that guy is technically dead.
8. Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick - This is one of the better male-narrator YA novels I've read. It's creepy and dark, but with an interesting storyline that's a bit different.
7. Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis - While the framing device in this story uses a girl, most of the action in this story revolves around a young man named Farhad and his adventures with a talking white tiger.
6. Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers #1) by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson - It's Peter Pan, a bunch of little boys, and some manly sailors! You can't have much more guy appeal than that...
5. Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones - Quite a few of Diana Wynne Jones's books are suitable for boys, but I remember this story being particularly un-girly.
4. Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker #1) by Paolo Bacigalupi - This is a somewhat dark, near-future adventure with a strong male protagonist.
3. The Magic Thief (Magic Thief #1) by Sarah Prineas - This was a fun first novel in a series that would appeal to younger fans of Harry Potter.
2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1) by Ransom Riggs - A male narrator, fascinating old photographs that tie into the story, and some really creepy goings-on make this a great choice for boys who may be reluctant readers.
1. The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry - There doesn't seem to be a ton of recent YA or MG dystopian fiction that's suitable for boys as well as girls, so I had to include The Giver on this list. It was one of the first dystopian books I can remember reading, and it whetted my appetite for more in that genre.