POVone: The First Person Perspective

Rants and Reviews on Novels Written in the First Person Point of View


POVone: The First Person Perspective is a database of contemporary novels written in the first person point of view. You can see the running list here, composed of novels published from 2015 onward: List of Novels Written in First Person.

This website is administered by me, Doug Rice. (Hey, look at that–my “About” page is even written in first person!) I’m an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and I wrote a book called The Curiosity Manifesto expressing my philosophical views about the importance of learning (if you’re interested, you can download it for free here).

I started this website on the rare chance that there’s someone else like me out there who is as obsessed with first person narrative as I am. I couldn’t find a database of novels written in first person, so I’m creating one.

In addition to a list of novels, this website is also a blog consisting of reviews of those novels. Now, I’m not a literary critic, and I’m also not very opinionated. I tend to read non-judgmentally, asking what I can learn from everything I read. Therefore, my reviews are more informative than they are persuasive. From each review you can expect four things:

  1. Basic information about the book including the author, title, publisher, number of pages, and publication date.
  2. An overview of what the book is about–similar to what you might find on the cover description (no spoilers).
  3. Whether or not I think you’ll like it, based on how it compares to other books, genres, themes, or styles that you may be aware of.
  4. Additional links to references such as the author’s website and social media platforms, other (better) reviews, and places you can buy the book.

In addition to the reviews, I may write an occasional rant or reflection piece on first person narration or literature in general.

If you have suggestions or ideas about how I might do this better, I would love to hear them. If you need to reach me for any reason, you can fill out the form on my “For Authors” page. If you’re not making a book recommendation, just put random stuff in the “author” and “title” fields. (Be creative).

I’m also on Twitter @douglaserice, so feel free to reach out to me there.

Thanks for visiting, take care, and stay curious!

– Doug


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