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, Ron, Kaz Brekker, Nina Zenik, Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, Inej Ghafa, Iseult det Midenzi, Adam Parrish, Jude St. Francis and Sansa Stark) HERE.
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Per Rachel’s request (check her blog out, she is my fave), this month we are doing Wylan’s reading list! I think Wylan is a fantastic choice and hopefully, I will manage to do all of the crows at some point in time. I absolutely love Wylan and how versatile his personality proves to be. He is caring and innocent, but also manages to be calculated and he is willing to do damage when necessary. He is shy but throughout the books gains a lot of confidence. He is also really smart and curious, and loves to see how things work and what makes them tick. He loves music and numbers and prefers them to words. So that is the vibe we are going for today! So here’s Wylan van Eck’s Reading List:
1. The Chimes by Anna Smaill
I think Wylan would absolutely adore this one. This is set in a reimagined London, where the written word is prohibited and the only way people can make new memories is through music (I mean, this is perfect for Wylan, right?). This book is incredibly poetic, and most importantly, it has some of the best descriptions of music I have ever read about. I felt like I could actually hear the music. Moreover, this book is a mix of literary fiction and young adult, so it has a dual tone and pace to it, which is something I think would work for Wylan and I am sure he would really appreciate this story.
2. Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Now, I think graphic novels and comics are a great pick for Wylan, because he is dyslexic and I think this might work better for him. Fence is a story about a fencing school and it’s wonderful. There’s a gorgeous cast of characters and there’s a lot of character development, which I think Wylan would enjoy and could relate to. Moreover, this is really focused on fencing and it deals with it in detail, and I think Wylan would really appreciate that aspect and would enjoy learning about it. Plus, it’s just precious like he is.
3. Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
A non fiction book about physics and how would the laws of physics have to work so we could get lightsabers and time travel and teleportation. It’s such a fun book, that is really accessible, but also really informative and detail. I think this perfectly suits Wylan’s inquisitive nature and I think he would absolutely be obsessed with this one. If you’re into books about physics, I have a post about that, which can be found here.
4. Release by Patrick Ness
I think Wylan would enjoy this on multiple fronts. This is a book about a young boy whose day goes awfully wrong, on so many levels. But mostly, it’s a coming of age story in which Adam has to face his preacher father and his restrictive upbringing, with the fact that he is gay. While Wylan’s conflict with his father is for different reason, I think Wylan could totally relate to this. Also, I think a lot of Wylan’s arc follows the same narrative structure of a coming of age story. He learns to be comfortable with himself and in his own skin and gains confidence and I think that’s why this would be awesome for him. Moreover, there’s this weird, fantastical subplot which would really satisfy his curiousity. I have a full review here
5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
I think Wylan would be really into mythology, and I think he would love Rick Riordan’s books. These are also great on audio, so he could enjoy them in that format too! And I think people never talk about this series, but it focuses on Egyptian mythology and has amazing characters that I absolutely love. Carter is this pure cinnamon roll, even when he has to be a badass which is basically who Wylan is. It’s a really smart series, with a lot of action and I think Wylan would absolutely love these books.
6. Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
I don’t usually put two comics on the list, but I think Wylan is someone for whom it works! This comic has some of the most gorgeous and unique art in anything I’ve ever read. It’s so vastly different and I think Wylan would really appreciate it. Moreover, this is a story about a precious little AI, and it’s in space and it’s full of action and wonder and I can totally see Wylan reading this one.
And that’s my list! I really had a lot of fun with this one, and I am super satisfied with how it came out. I hope you enjoyed it too, and if you have any Wylan books in mind, be sure to leave them in the comments below!
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