Friday, March 18, 2016

Standalones | Monthly Recommendations

This monthly tag was made by Trina @ Between Chapters and Kayla @ Kayla Rayne on YouTube. 

While browsing through my GoodReads shelf, I've realized that I tend to gravitate more towards standalone novels. I just really love getting invested into one book and knowing exactly what is going to happen at the end, rather than having to spend time reading multiple books and not really getting anywhere. Don't get me wrong -- I love my series and trilogies. Standalones are just perfect for when you're in a slump or just want to get in a quick, fun read. 


I just recently read this book at the beginning of this month and I fell in so much love. This is a book that I've heard so much hype about for years and so happy that the hype held up. It's a beautiful story about love and loss, family and friends, and books. Another great standalone by this author is Elsewhere. Zevin's writing is just stunning. 
Recommend for: If you just want to read a beautiful story with even more beautiful writing.

It's very rare to find standalone fantasy novels where you feel satisfied as a reader at the end of the novel. This is another great example of beautiful storytelling and world building. I fell in love with Black as an author with this book and I can't wait to pick up more novels from her. 
Recommend for: If you're in the mood for fantasy but don't want to take the time to get into a series.

This book had me ugly crying hard, laughing my ass off, and worried out of my mind. If you're to add any of these books to your TBR, please at least include this one. You won't regret it. Recommend for: If you want a love story about high school sweethearts, but with serious content. 

This book doesn't nearly get as much hype as it deserves. I'd describe this as Mean Girls meets If I Stay type of book. It really makes you think about your life choices and how you treat people in every day life.
Recommend for: If you want to watch someone become a better person.

Audrey turns into a celebrity overnight when her ex-boyfriend's song about their break up becomes a hit. Recommend for: If you want to laugh your ass off and have a fun time. 


There you go! I only stuck with 5 because I wanted to give some love to books that I don't see around blogs or BookTube very often that definitely needs to be more well known! Let me know if you've read any of these books before or if you're picking it up based on my opinions! Till next time.



  1. I read The Darkest Part of the Forest but never finished it. What I read sounded interesting. After reading this post, I should probably make time to finish the book. I looked into Before I Fail and was wondering if it was good. I'll have to check it out.

    1. Oh please finish it! It's a little quirky and strange, but it's an amazing story. Before I Fall definitely doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

  2. I bought The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry et the end of 2015 but still haven't read it. I've heard nothing but good things so I hope to do that soon.
    The Darkest Part of the Forrest was really good!

    1. A.J. Fikry has now become one of my favorite books of all time. It's so good.
      Darkest Part of the Forest was a very interesting read for me. I really enjoyed it.

  3. I'll have to open The Darkest Part of the Forrest back up then.