I’ll admit that I rarely run to my book shelves in search of a stand alone to read. Usually I pick a series I can dig deep into. I like that I can hide inside worlds for 5 whole books, brave multiple storylines, and fall head over heels in love with characters I have spent weeks with.
But that doesn’t mean I am not dying to get my hands on some stand alones. There are some that sound just too good to not give the chance.
5. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN
I know, I know. I am a horrible, dirty, reader who hasn’t read one of the greatest books of 2015. Seriously, you don’t have to tell me how good this book is or recommend that I read it now. I KNOW. My best friend just read it and loved, every single one of you has read it and loved it, and I’m just missing out.
With that being said, contemporary YA is NOT my thing, unless it’s dark or twisty or tragic. Hence my excitement for a book that is out of my reading comfort zone. I just have to find the time…
4. THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD BY EMILY HENRY
So many things make me want to read this book! Firstly, location, location, location. I do live in Kentucky, so it’s nice to see a book that recognizes the state. (I also claim Ohio (The 5th Wave) and West Virginia (The Darkest Minds) so you might hear this more than once from me. I do live in the tri-state, so I get them all *greedy laugh*).
But more importantly this book seems like it fuses together contemporary YA and fantasy YA. I can so get on board with that. Not to mention THAT COVER. I’m a sucker for a good cover, guys.
3. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS MARIEKE NIJKAMP
Once again, I enjoy a contemporary if it’s darker. And the fact that it’s also in a realistic fiction genre gives it more of a thrill factor.
I do give props to the author who wrote a book about a school shooting when it seems like that’s all the news talks about these days. It’s a hard subject in a lot of communities right now, and from what I can tell she executed this story very well.
2. STOLEN: A LETTER TO MY CAPTOR BY LUCY CHRISTOPHER
This one seems like it would be another dark and twisty one, but I’m getting the feeling it might have a bit more contemporary romance to it. From the description, it’s hard to tell if this will be a tale of obsession and Stockholm Syndrome, or a twisted love story, or an effed up kidnapping story. It’s enough of a mystery to make you want to pick up the book.
1. READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE
Another book that makes a lot of people ask why I haven’t read this yet. Let me remind you, I’m a no-good-dirty-reader. But I can assure you, it’s near the top of my TBR mountain. Just give me time.
I do like that this book seems to be completely different than some of our standard stand alones are these days. Admit it, sometimes they can be predictable. But it seems like Ready Player One should be a nice change of pace…if I ever get there that is.