Today it is time for another top reads post. And this time it is all about my top standalone reads. I read a lot of trilogies and series, and I am always talking about them. so today I wanted to take the opotunity to talk about some of the standalones that I also love. lets do this!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is a beautiful story about magic and love. Once you start this book, you wont want to put it down. The main story follows Celia and Marco, two magicians that have been bound to complete against each other in a game of magic. You follow them as they help to create ‘Le Cirque Des Reves’, a magical circus that will fill your dreams, compete and fall in love. With beautiful writing, intriguing storylines and stunning characters, this is a book that you cant help but fall in love with. You will want to read it in one sitting.
The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
This is hands down the best contemporary that I have read in ages. This story follows 17-year-old Molly over the course of one unforgettable summer. She is the girl who has had 26 crushes, but never done anything about it. this story follows her as she develops crush 27, makes new friends and generally starts to discover who she is. This is a beautiful story full of brilliant characters, and realistic storylines. I have never related to a story as much as I did this one. It is sweet and funny and so good. It is the perfect summer read.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I don’t generally read sci-fi books, but after several people recommended it to me, I decided to give it a go and honestly this book is incredible. It is funny and dramatic and honestly brilliant. Set on Mars you follow astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the planet and find a way home. This book is honestly hilarious, which is not something you would think upon hearing what it is about, but it really is. It opens with the line ‘Well, I’m pretty much fucked’ which sums up the feel of this book perfectly. And the audiobook for this is brilliant. It is read by R C Bray, who does a brilliant job. He really brought the story to life and drew me into it. I cannot think of a better voice for Mark. I will admit that there is one moment in the book which doesn’t work particularly well as an audiobook, but the rest of the book is perfect.
When We Collide by Emery Lord
This book is a stunning young adult contemporary. It follows two main characters, Jonah and Vivi as they spend their summer falling in love with each other. Vivi whirls into town, this vibrant, bundle of energy and turns Jonahs life upside down. All is not as simple as it may seem though. Jonah is still grieving his father, dealing with his mother’s break down and trying to play parent to his three young siblings and Vivi has plenty of demons herself. This book is a lovely summer read. It is a beautiful story about love and loss, darkness and light. It is truly wonderful.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This is a heart-breaking story about losing a loved one and finding yourself. This story follows Griffin, a 17-year-old with sever obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety, as he tries to come to terms with the death of his first love. This is such a moving story that will leave you completely heartbroken. It handles mental illness brilliantly and also contains LGTBQA+ representation. This is such a fantastic little book. if you are looking for an incredible mental health book, then you need to pick this one up.
The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black
This book is just incredible. It follows a brother a sister as they are thrown head first into the world of faerie. With Honed boys, a secret life, a musical prodigy and a changeling, with book has it all. This is a brilliant story full of folk lore and mystery and magic. I absolutely adored this book. it is just brilliant and works so well as a standalone.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of my favourite contemporaries that I have read this year. It follows 18-year-old Cath, an avid fanfiction writer, as she navigates her way through her first year of college. this book is full of brilliant characters, amazing relationships and complex storylines. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters and the storyline. It is sweet and funny, but also sad and so relatable. This story was so much more complex then I was expecting and I ended up really enjoying it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
if you are only going to read one book this year, it needs to be this one. This incredible YA contemporary follows 16-year-old Starr as she witnesses her best friend get murdered by a cop, and the aftermath of this event. The whole book is themed around the black lives matter movement and is such an important read. But not only is a topic that we all need to focus on and tackle more, the book itself is incredible. You are instantly so connected to the characters and you want justice for them. Honestly, everybody needs to read this book.
A Monster Calls by Partick Ness
This is a stunningly beautiful book. It is essentially a contemporary story, but with a fantasy, supernatural twist running through it. In this book you follow teenager Conor as he deals with all the emotions and struggles of his mother’s illness. When he is visited by a monster, you learn some very important life lessons with him. This book is absolutely incredible. You will sob uncontrollably but you won’t care. As soon as you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down. It is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter day.
And there we have it. those are some of my top standalone reads. Obviously, there are more standalones that I love, but these are the best of the best. What are some standalones that you love? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.