A feature in which I recommend you books based on your favorite character.
Welcome to the newest installment in my Reading Lists Feature, a series of posts where I compose reading lists for and inspired by different characters. These are all books that I feel fit into the character’s aesthetic and personality, but also books I feel those characters would love to read. You can check the previous posts (Ronan Lynch, Hermione and Ron) HERE.
The art featured is one of my favorite depictions of Kaz and I think the artist completely nailed it. It’s so wonderfully done. Clicking the image will take you to the artist’s blog.
Kaz is one of the most complex characters in YA. He is incredibly intelligent, careful, cunning, but also loyal to his own. Somewhat stubborn, and with a really troubled past. So that is the vibe we’re going for. Without further ado, here’s Kaz Brekker’s Reading List.
1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
This is the first book in a highly acclaimed and loved (by myself) Fantasy series, but this first book in particular is the perfect pick for Kaz. It’s about a group of morally grey character banding together to preform a heist of sorts. But a heist that will rid the world of the Dark Lord who rules in a very cruel and self-serving way. It features a main character who is much like Kaz, an anti-hero with a difficult past that becomes a leader and his crew really looks up to him. It’s the perfect Kaz pick and you know it.
2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Much like the previous pick, this one is about a brilliant thief. I mean, it’s exactly how you would describe Kaz. Locke is cunning, deceptive, really good at what he does (even if it is thievery) AND he has a crew that is like family to him. I mean it’s basically Six of Crows, but Adult Fantasy. An obvious and easy Kaz pick.
3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I think Kaz would be a huge Christie fan. I think he would enjoy the way she writes mysteries and I think he would be really good at solving them. Christie always carefully constructs a novel, and she leaves breadcrumbs throughout. Her novels are really clever and really great, and I think Kaz would eat them up and guess the murderer every single time. And Then There Were None is one of her novels I really enjoy, but most of them are amazing.
4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
This is one of the few short story collections I love. Carver has a really good understanding of the human nature. He writes in this stark tone, and manages to grasp the elusiveness and the despair of people. He strips down the nature of people to its core and he does it so well. I think the tone of his stories goes really well with Kaz’s character and I think he would really appreciate them.
5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I know, I know, I always recommend this. But I can’t help it, it’s that good. It’s a story with an anti-hero at the center, who goes through this moral transformation and who by the end reaches redemption and understanding of why we need other people. I mean, it screams Kaz, really.
6. Abandon Me: Memoirs by Melissa Febos
I like to have at least non fiction in these, and this one fits in so well. It’s about abandonment and how it reflects on our relationship with different people. It’s about the connections we make with others, how difficult they can be, but how necessary they are. Febos talks about how stuff that happens to us then continues to reflect in our relationship with other people and it’s so Kaz. He would love it and understand it, and benefit from it.
So those are my picks for Kaz’s list! Let me know what you thought and be sure to let me know if you have any picks of your own. Also, if you have any requests for the next installment of Reading Lists, let me know!
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