When I was a young girl, and I was so in love with reading and falling in love with characters, I used to devour books that are in series: series of four books, five books, even the amazing twenty-one-book series of the Famous Five. Nowadays I still occasionally read books in a series, but most of the time I would prefer to pick up stand alones, books that are not part of a series. Here are some of my all-time favourites you should definitely read.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A book that was hugely popular a couple of years ago due to the list of awards it won, this is Donna Tartt’s latest adult fiction involving family, the evolution of a boy turning into a man, a famous painting, friendship, loss, long descriptions, and exceptional writing. Though not as captivating as The Secret History, I highly recommend this novel if you enjoy large books and good writing. (Review)
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness is most known for his young adult dystopian Chaos Walking trilogy. This standalone is nothing quite like it, while still retaining the gritty plotline, incredibly sophisticated premise, and well crafted characters. A novel that will keep you guessing from the first page to the last, it not only is a page turner but also grapples with deep themes like realizing your sexuality, your relationship with your family, and forgiving yourself. (Review)
Leap by Jane Breskin Zalben
Although I read this novel more than eight years ago, this book has always stuck to my head and heart, and was a wonderful novel for young adult me. I feel like this book needs more attention, because of its beautiful relationship between its characters, and how it deals with disability. It’s a very touching and heartwarming novel.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
A recent read that I have talked about before in this blog, this is a famous mystery-thriller novel set in a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. The cover describes the story well: this is a combination of The Girl on the Train and Murder on the Orient Express. A great locked-room mystery with a twist, it will keep you on the edge of your seat (or bed!). If you’re looking for a nice, cozy read on a rainy Saturday, this will be a perfect and gripping novel to finish in one sitting. (Review)
Misery by Stephen King
Another thriller that will definitely keep you reading and wanting for more, Misery is one of my favourite novels by Stephen King. A thriller and not a horror novel, it starts with our main character, a famous author, finding out that he is paralysed and unable to move, lying in a bed and locked inside a room with one of his fans. Scary and really gets your heart beating fast, this book is unpredictable and engrossing with excellent writing style. (Review)
Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch
This is a particularly long stand alone, but one that also needs more hype. A novel translated from Dutch, this is a thriller about writers, readers, killers, psychopaths, families, and twisted twisted people. Despite the problems I had with this book, it will definitely get you thinking and is a huge page turner, perfect to read on a long trip. (Review)
Do you have your own stand alone favourites? What do you like most about stand alones? Let me know in the comments down below 🙂