This week’s topic is Books With Multiple POVs (point of views). I have read plenty of those, so this took a bit of thinking, but I’m finally happy with my choices. In no particular order, here they are…
1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
I believe this was the second John Green book I ever read and the first David Levithan book, and I was blown away by how hilarious it was. I like to call Will Grayson, Will Grayson the hidden gem of not only John Green but of YA in general. It’s so underrated, and yet it is probably one of the funniest books I’ve ever encountered. This is my go-to gift book for people, and I constantly recommend it to anyone who is new to the YA genre or who just wants something light and fun. Seriously, if you enjoy John Green and/or David Levithan and you haven’t picked up this book yet, you’re truly missing out. The two POVs are, of course, the two Will Graysons, and I love them both.
2. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus series, a spin-off from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Even though my favorite in that series is The Mark of Athena, I chose this book because it has my favorite POVs – Hazel, Annabeth, Leo, Percy, Frank, and Jason. My only missing favorite is Nico who only gets a POV in the last book. But I can get over that because I love Hazel, Percy, and Leo so much. The Heroes of Olympus series is something I only read within the last year unlike many who grew up following the books, but even at 20 (the age I was while I read them all in a row), I was addicted and instantly in love. While Percy is one of the greatest protagonists probably ever, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to read from the perspectives of the other characters whom I came to adore each for different reasons. This series gives me all the good feels.
3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Tired of hearing about this series yet? Sorry, I’m still not over it. Doubt I will be any time soon. Just go with it, yeah? Again, I didn’t pick the first book because I like the POVs in this one more. The Dream Thieves is heavily focused on Ronan, and we also get the mysterious Gray Man thrown into the mix. But what I love most about the POVs is that unlike most books where the start of a chapter is headed with the name of whoever the POV is, this trilogy just switches from character to character whenever with no headings. It sounds like it would be chaotic, but it’s written in the third person, so it works. It works so well that I wish more novels would be written this way. But you already know that I’m completely obsessed with this trilogy, so I’ll save you from my comparisons.If you still haven’t read my review of The Raven Boys, you can check it out here.
4. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
A Clash of Kings is the second book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I’m actually reading this book right now. I’m a little over halfway through, but I chose it because the POVs are once again better than the first book since it includes Theon and Davos. This book has a total of ten different perspectives including Tyrion, Arya, Jon, Sansa, Bran, Catelyn. Theon, Daenerys, Davos, and Maester Cressen. I’m really enjoying this books so far, but I also can’t wait to get to future books which include POVs from Jaime and Cersei, two of my favorites after Tyrion. What can I say, I’m a Lannister girl. I should clarify – I’m a Lannister siblings girl. I’m not so much a fan of Tywin, Joffrey, Tommen, etc. I plan to finish the rest of the currently released books this summer. Finally!
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I’m pretty surprised I haven’t mentioned this book at all on my blog yet considering it was probably my favorite of last year. All the Light We Cannot See is a historical fiction World War ll-era novel following a blind girl and a Nazi Youth German boy. It switches between their two POVs as well as another character who becomes important to the plot later. Eventually, all three of their stories come together, and it’s beautiful. The writing in this novel is poetic and vivid, and the characters are relatable despite their circumstances. I loved how the novel switches POV because it created tension and anticipation as I wondered when the stories would converge. This book deserves every bit of praise and hype that it’s received since its release.
That’s it for this week! Are any of these on your top 5 books with multiple POVs list? Share your picks in the comments!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica