Hey, guys! Today, I will be telling you about my top ten favorite standalones! I just want to let you guys know, that this list is in now way in order. I have no idea which one of these is my favorite, and I assure you, if I had put these in order, this post would never, ever be ready for y’all to read.
1. Paper Towns by John Green
This is a book that I have expressed many many many times to my friends, and on Goodreads my love for. The movie…I honestly haven’t seen all the way through, but the book is great!
2. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is a great book. I read it last summer during rehearsals for Annie, and it’s definitely more of a summer read. I really cannot imagine reading this book right now, when it’s cold out. I just want to clear a few things up in the book: none of the characters’ real named are stated. Even the main character, you never know his name, and because each chapter is written in the format of a letter, you never know who he’s writing to.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I read this in January, and it’s a nice twist on your typical coming-of-age stories. The style in which the book is written might take a little bit of getting used to, but I am almost certain that you’ll love Jandy Nelson for it in the end.
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I cannot express to you how much I loved this book when I read it. I read it last summer, and it is an honest-to-goodness page-turner.
5. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
This was a really touching book. It actually inspired my purchase of “Heart-Shaped Box” by Nirvana. I read this book while on vacation last summer, and it’s not exactly a summer novel, so I suggest reading it sometime when it’s cold outside. Oh, I know! Now…?
6. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
I actually read this in elementary school, but it’s still a great book! It reminds be a little bit of The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is a beautiful story, and I recommend it for those of you that like fantasy and romance alike. Also, if you’ve read Ella Enchanted, this is by the same author.
7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is a book about a girl who committed suicide, and she made tapes addressed to 13 different people explaining what they did to her to inspire her decision. The tapes get passed along to each person, and the main character is one of the people that receives the tapes.
8. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
This is a really great book. It’s a nice one to read with a friend, like in a readalong, but it’s great to read by yourself, too. The coolest thing about this book is that the main character isn’t the narrator. It seems like the book is in third person, but it’s actually in first person, and as you read on, you find out who the narrator is. Also, setting: Germany, World War II. If that makes you uncomfortable… I don’t recommend this.
9. Atlantia by Ally Condie
I was inspired to read this book because I’m a big fan of Matched by Ally Condie, and this book is really great! It’s a seamless combination of fantasy and mystery, and if you like books like Legend, Matched, and Red Queen, this book is for you.
10. If I Stay by Gail Forman
Now, I know that this technically has a sequel, but I only read this one, and it was great! To be completely honest, I tried to read Where She Went, and I couldn’t get past the first ten pages. No, the first five pages. I strongly recommend If I Stay, though.