Thursday Discussion – Favourite Books by Male Authors

Thursday Discussion is a fortnightly meme started by Ally Writes Things.

Thursday, August 22nd 2019 – Favourite Books by Male Authors

Number one on this list of favourite books by male authors has to go to JD Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. This book is my book. It is the book that I most deeply identify with and the book that really helped a very lost fifteen year old girl to make sense of the emotions that she was experiencing at a very trying time in her life. I love it with all my heart. Review here.

One of my favourite ever books written by a male author is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It’s a book about books which is pretty much my favourite topic in existence and I just love it with all my heart. Check out my review here.

Next up on my list has to be the simply sublime Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter. I also adore his second book, Lanny, that has been longlisted for the Booker Prize this year. But Grief is the Thing With Feathers is one of my favs because it is dark, sad, funny, light, hopeful, desolate… but above all it is beautiful with every emotion just stripped back to its primary essence. Definitely one of my all time favourites.

I simply cannot have a list of favourite books by male authors without including John Green. I ADORE JOHN GREEN!!!!!!!!!!! The Fault in Our Stars is a book that I connected with in the most… I guess almost spiritual of ways. It is a book that means so much more to me than I can ever truly express but I did write a review of it that tried to make sense of my emotions that you can check out here.

I also adore his books Looking for Alaska (review here) and Turtles All the Way Down (review here).

And the last author that I am going to include on my list is Ovid and his extraordinary book Metamorphoses. I have always been a fan of Greek and Roman mythologies and Ovid’s collection of tales that link the Greek gods with the Roman gods of his day is truly spectacular. Ovid was born in 43BC, died circa AD 17…. And really reading the book does not feel like it as it is laden with wit and immense empathy at times. There are stories that will both haunt and disturb in good ways and bad, and you could damn well argue that on occasion Ovid is quite the feminist with his depiction of some of the female characters… Like he’s far superior to Homer in that regard… Sorry Homer buddy. I do love you though. It is an extremely accessible read (if you read the Penguin version that I read that was translated by David Raeburn) and one I highly recommend to anyone who loves reading mythologies.

Honourable mentions:

  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
  • I Still Dream by James Smythe
  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Who are some of your favourite male authors? Have you read any of the authors I have listed? Let’s chat in the comments below!

xo Emer

18 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion – Favourite Books by Male Authors

  1. The Outsider, Never Let Me Go, and The Odyssey are all way up on my list.

    Philip Roth, George Saunders, Nabokov, Roberto Bolano, Kafka, James Baldwin, and Ted Chiang. I expect Borges to shoot to the top of my list once I’m through with his Collected Fictions, and Pynchon once I finish V.

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    1. Oh Lanny is spectacular isn’t it!!! But for me Grief is the Thing with Feathers outshines it because I thought the emotion within the story felt so tangible. It’s like the words just felt so real and true, as if something in the novel was reaching deep into my soul. One of my all time favs for sure

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  2. The Outsider, Never Let Me Go, and The Odyssey are all high on my to-read list.

    Philip Roth, George Saunders, Roberto Bolano, Nabokov, Ted Chiang, Kafka, etc. Expect to Borges to shoot to the top of this list once I finished his Collected Fictions, and to add Pynchon once I finish V.

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    1. I think if you’re unsure with an author’s work then trying their latest offering is always a good place to start. Because then you can happily go back and discover their back catalogue and see how they’ve evolved as an author. So that’s my usual rule of thumb and would therefore suggest Lanny. Plus it’s interesting to read it while it’s currently long listed for this year’s Booker prize :)))

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  3. Awesome list! Carlos Ruiz Zafon would defo be on my list too 😊 I love Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss as well (they’re all fantasy/sci-fi writers). I’ve only read one John Boyne book but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more by him. There are probably others that I can’t recall off the top of my head right now lol

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    1. My friend just read Skyward(?) by Sanderson and she thinks it’s one of the best books ever so I’m very interested to pick it up because it’s more sci fi than his usual fantasy. I would definitely be a sci fi kind of girl rather than a fantasy one! Have you read it?

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      1. Daaamn, best books ever!? I’ve had Skyward sitting on my shelf since last year and I don’t know why I still haven’t touched it πŸ™„ I’m ridic! LOL I’m trying to justify it by telling myself that it’s OK that I’ve waited this long to read it coz the next book is coming out soon so there’s less waiting/torture time in between 🀣 bahaha

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