Today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is actually “top book turnoffs” and I could certainly talk about my dislike of vampire/zombie/werewolf stories or how i can’t handle it when someone (or a dog) I’m attached to dies in the book or even how most of the time I avoid love triangles like the plague.
BUT… rogue blogger that I am … instead I’m going to talk about how one of my previous top book turnoffs has done an about face. When I first started blogging, I somewhat self-righteously claimed that I did not care at all for books written in the first person POV.
So much for that.
Over the past two years, I have fallen in love with this writing style – in the right hands of course. And the reason? I’ve read SO MANY FABULOUS first person POV books in that time frame! The ten I’m listing here are just a sampling, the ones I thought of off the top of my head.
The Everstone Chronicles
by Dawn Crandall
All four books in this series (The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart, The Captive Imposter, The Cautious Maiden) are told solely in first person from the perspective of the heroine. And while I love the heroines, it’s the heroes that always stand out the most to me. Uniquely so, since we never get inside the heroes’ heads or hearts and yet I can tell exactly what they’re thinking and feeling. Dawn Crandall does a phenomenal job writing in this POV, and if you haven’t checked out her books yet … don’t wait any longer!
Mended Hearts Trilogy
by Varina Denman
These three books (Jaded, Justified, Jilted) blew me away with the Denman’s skill in switching seamlessly back and forth between first and third person POV. The use of first person here enables readers to more fully embrace the heroines, who are given not only a voice but more layers this way too. The story itself takes on more shape as well with the implementation of both POVs.
If I Run Trilogy
by Terri Blackstock
Talk about an intense series! The first person present POV (which switches between Casey and Dylan) adds to this intensity and amps up the tension on all levels. Right now, I’m very impatiently waiting for book 3 after recently finishing If I’m Found (in one breath, practically) and I CANNOT WAIT to see how it all plays out. Especially after seeing how the covers fit together to form a picture that – I’m not gonna lie – makes me very nervous for Casey.
Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations
by V. Joy Palmer
This is such a CUTE book! I laughed most of the way through it. Izze and her unfiltered thoughts are perfect for fans of Gilmore Girls, and the occasional switches to third person for Miles’ POV make it all the more enjoyable. In fact, it was with this book that I decided that I needed to quit saying I didn’t like the first person POV. Up until this point, I’d been saying “I don’t like first person POV except for … (the books listed above)” but with Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, I became an official fan of the perspective.
Various Cozy Mysteries
Cozy mysteries are often written in first person, and I have several favorite series where this is the case. To name a few – Serena Jones Mysteries by Sandra Orchard, Kitty Couture Mysteries by Julie Chase, Kenni Lowry Mysteries by Tonya Kappes, and the Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon. Something about the first person POV adds to the coziness and quirkiness of these books.
Daughters of Hampshire series
by Sandra Byrd
These gothic romances are so riveting that even if you don’t like first person POV you will love them! Like The Everstone Chronicles, you get so caught up in these novels that you forget you’re even reading first person POV. Trust me on this one. Every book in this trilogy is fabulous – Mist of Midnight, Bride of a Distant Isle, A Lady in Disguise – I highly recommend them all!
You’re the Cream in my Coffee
by Jennifer Lamont Leo
This debut novel from Jennifer Lamont Leo was a delightful surprise all the way around! And it may end up being featured one day on a “Why I Need to Quit Claiming I Dislike Reading About the Roaring Twenties” post. Marjorie Corrigan’s witty and winsome first person narration had me hooked from the very first page – as poor Marjorie attempts to explain to us (despite what we may have heard) what didn’t cause her fainting spell at the Orpheum during the Sunday matinee. It just gets more entertaining from there!
by Kimberly Stuart
Like You’re the Cream in my Coffee, Better Together may show up on another post in the future. This one would be titled “Why I Need to Quit Claiming I Dislike ‘Married Person’ Fiction”. (The exception of course being marriage of convenience stories lol) But – related to the topic at hand – protagonist Heidi’s snarky first person POV narration absolutely MADE this book for me. She speaks my language. And I don’t think I would have really “gotten” her personality without it being told from her POV. Absolutely spot-on decision by the author.
Of Stillness and Storm
by Michele Phoenix
The first person POV in Of Stillness and Storm allows us into Lauren’s mind and into her heart, and as everything comes crashing down around her it gives us a backstage pass to all of the emotions she experiences. In turn, we experience them with her. And as a result, the story is that much more poignant as well as sobering.
by Sara Ella
This book, y’all. It’s amazing on every level. And the first person POV is icing on the cake. Eliyana’s story is so compelling and fascinating that it’s impossible to pay attention to anything else until you’ve finished it. And THEN you’ll be salivating for the next book Unraveling to find out WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!
What about you? Are you a fan of first person POV or no?