As I have mentioned countless times before, I am not much for a standalone. I thrive in a series so that’s usually where I lean.
But there are some standalone books that really touched me and that I am so glad I read. And they certainly make me want to seek out more books outside of series that I would enjoy.
5. THIRTEEN REASONS WHY BY JAY ASHER
I wanted to start with Thirteen Reasons Why because it was that for me, a start. I read it around when it came out, I think. It was so long ago. I can’t tell you I remember buying it, or why I bought it, I know it wasn’t a recommendation from anyone. I must have just stumbled upon it.
Anyway, this book really showed me how captivating a book can be. I didn’t realize it back then, but it began a search I had for good stories. I hadn’t quite discovered my love for Young Adult yet, I didn’t even know what that was, but it showed me there were books out there that were actually exciting to read.
4. I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN BY JANDY NELSON
Let’s be honest, is there anyone who didn’t think this book was a beautiful and poetic love story? I was beyond surprised at how much I loved this book, and I really don’t think I need to explain myself. If you’ve read it, you just know. And if you haven’t, then please do.
3. UPROOTED BY NAOMI NOVIK
Oh my gosh, Uprooted. This book was simultaneously charming and creepy. The magic felt so much more real than what most books will give us. It felt more like magic would be if it actually existed. Not wands and wizarding school, but internal magic that battled with light and dark. This is another book that if you haven’t read it, you must. You must, you must, you must.
2. WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART
Can you tell I like the darker side of stories yet? We Were Liars was such a thrilling story. You could tell something was up from the beginning. There were secrets and lies and mystery. But the ending was so unexpected, and it was sad, and traumatizing. But the plot, the characters, and the way the book is set up is just so good! I will always love this book.
1. IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY BY NED VIZZINI
This is another one of those books I fell in love with years ago, before I understood what I liked. It’s such a raw insight into mental illness, especially when you learn that it’s coming from Vizzini’s own experiences and trials with depression. It’s deep and heartbreaking and triumphant and silly at times. It’s all the messy stuff that life is, and that’s what I love about it.
Those are my top 5 favorite standalone books. What did you think of my list? What are some of your favorite stand alone novels?