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Thursday, August 1

It's personal

In this post: Booking Through Thursday, Thursday Thirteen, Favorite Things
"Do you have a preference between “person” in the books you read? Do you prefer third-person to first-person? Or don’t you care? And … why??"

No particular preference. What's important to me is I understand and enjoy the story. I'm a margin scribbler. I tend to scribble reactions on the margin regardless of whoever is narrating. I'm comfortable 'talking back' to you or to him, her or them. But if I really have to choose then okay, first person it is.

Thursday Thirteen: books written in the first person. I read different views about first person narration. Difficult, tricky.... What do you think? Do you have any recommendation? Or if you prefer stories narrated in third person, any title you'd like to share?

1. The Murder of John Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (horse's point of view)
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
4. The Walking Drum by Louis L'Amour
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
6. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
7. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
8. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
9. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
10. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
12. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
13. Paper Town by John Greene


  1. I like your answer....although I have recently begun preferring the first person narrative.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I was reminded today of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is told entirely in letters.

    For more traditional first-person novels, The Green Mile and The Thirteenth Tale are two of my favorites.

  3. I prefer either voice, first or third, but I think it depends on my mood.

  4. I loved Black Beauty as a child and read it many times. When I tried again recfently (I'm now 63) I found it a bit twee. I think you have to out our mind back into chil;dish mode to enjoy it.
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha Christie's best.
    On the whole I think I prefer the third person.

  5. Thanks for stopping by. I don't pick books based on pov so I often get a pleasant surprise when I start reading.

  6. I prefer first person narration ;-) Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

  7. I like first person best but I love to read just about everything.
    Thanks for sharing at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.



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