Emily Recommends

Emily Recommends | Books By Male Authors

Emily Recommends

Everyone loves book recommendations, and here at The Little Book Affair I love to give them. This time around I’m recommending books by male authors. Why, you might be asking? Because, dear reader, I read a lot of books by female authors so I thought it would be good to shine some light onto some great male authors that I’ve read.

Here are 5 recommended books by male authors.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Why I Recommend It: I read this book my freshman year of high school, and I truly loved every bit of this book. I think Stephen Chbosky did a fantastic job with this book and with the characters. The movie was great, too.

Buy this book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


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.

Why I Recommend It: This book was so amazingly good. It’s a very believable story with very believable characters.

Buy this book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Why I Recommend It: This is a really good book and it really makes you think about the way you treat others.

Buy this book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

4. The Misfits by James Howe


Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That’s how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make ’em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there’s one more kid out there who’s going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us.

Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby — they’ve been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn’t always fair, but at least they have each other — and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade.

That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie’s refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance and her insistence on creating a new political party to run for student council, the Gang of Five is in for the ride of their lives. Along the way they will learn about politics and popularity, love and loss, and what it means to be a misfit. After years of getting by, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen — not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are.

Why I Recommend it: The Misfits held my interest from start to finish. The fact that these kids are 7th graders had no effect on the style of the book at all. I thought this was a very interesting book, and I think it’s a must read for fans of Chris Crutcher.

Buy this book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

5. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson


On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, their daughter Tandy knows just three things: 1) She was one of the last people to see her parents alive. 2) The suspect list only includes Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can’t trust anyone–maybe not even herself.

As Tandy sets out to clear the family name, she begins to recall flashes of experiences long buried in her vulnerable psyche. These memories shed light on her family’s dark secrets, and digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs proves to be a disturbing and dangerous game. Who knows what any of the Angels are truly capable of?

Why I Recommend It: I’m actually not a fan of James Patterson, so the fact that I actually liked this book, especially enough to recommend it, is reason enough for someone else to read it. This book was a very quick read and I really enjoyed the twists and turns and trying to figure out who did it.

Buy this book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

So those are the books I recommend by male authors! Let me know of any other male authors in the comments and/or if you’ve read any of these. 🙂


6 thoughts on “Emily Recommends | Books By Male Authors”

  1. I love your recs and I totally agree with all of it! I loved Perks. I’m currently reading Ari and Dante (love it so far, both the characters and the writing style) and I admired James Patterson although I haven’t read his Confessions of a Murder Suspect. But since it was included on your rec, I am beyond excited to try it myself. Great post Emily! 🙂

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