I thought I’d do my first ever recommendations post today, and recommend some standalone books. While I love reading series, I sometimes feel like starting a new series is a big commitment. Standalones often satisfy the requirement for a quick read. Here are some of my recommendations.
1.The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton
This is one book I can’t ever stop raving about! It follows Ava Lavendar, a young girl born with wings, and it traces her family history through her eyes. It is a beautiful, magical, whimsical read.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is another magical, whimsical book. It follows two magicians, Marco and Celia, in a magical circus setting. It is a great, really atmospheric read.
3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This follows a boy named Conor who’s mother is dying of cancer. He is visited by a monster in the middle of the night. This is a powerful, heart-rending read.
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is set in a dystopian world where people escape into a virtual reality called the OASIS, and it follows our main character Parzival who takes part in a search for an Easter Egg in the virtual reality world. This is one you’ll probably really enjoy if you are interested in gaming.
5. The Summer that melted everything by Tiffany McDaniel
Set in the summer of 1984, this book deals with a young boy who claims he’s the devil, and it tackles some really serious topics. This was really interesting, heartbreaking read.
6. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer
This is an LGBTQ retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone, and it proved to be an interesting take on the myth.
So, these are some of my favourite standalones. Do tell me if you’ve read any of them, and if you have, what do you think.