Top Ten Sunday: Standalones!

Now, I’m not a huge fan of standalone, I’m too connected to the characters and invested in the story to be okay with a single book dedicated to them. I have, however, read my fair share of beautiful standalones, so I figured I would give you my top ten list of my favorite standalones.


10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

9. Furthmore by Tahir Mafi

8. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

7. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

6. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

5. The Martian by Andy Weir

4. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Beckman

1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

1. Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys


Ok, so I couldn’t commit to a number one. You know what that means, three number ones! Wow ok, so I like a lot more standalones than I ever imagined.

Was there a book on my list that you enjoy, too? Based on these books what book suggestions do you have for me?

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Sunday: Standalones!

  1. Check out some of the other books by some of the authors on your list. I actually liked Sharp Objects and Dark Places a bit more than I liked Gone Girl. If you liked In A Dark Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10 is also pretty good.

    Does Fangirl count as a stand alone? Carry On is sort of a spin off based on the novel within a novel in Fangirl. Cath and Levi also make a brief appearance in Landline, one of Rowell’s other books. But it’s not past of a series so I can see where it COULD be called a stand alone…

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  2. I’ve only read one book on your list – The Martian by Andy Weir. I am highly anticipating his next release, Artemis which is supposed to take place on the moon. I want to read A Man Called Ove and T.H.U.G. and I anticipate getting to them as soon as I can.
    Nice list though.

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  3. Please read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It’s one of the best stand alone books I’ve ever read! And also The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 🙂

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  4. I have just finished Salt to the Sea and I completely agree! Such a good book and I definitely don’t think it would work as anything but a standalone.

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  5. Bahhhaaa! I LOVE that you have there #1’s lol, I hate commitment so I totally can see myself doing the same. Your list is a reminder to myself that I’ve been slacking & really need to get to some of these well loved books. I did read & love THUG & American Street. Shamefully haven’t read Gone Girl, def remedying that this Fall so that I can FINALLY watch the movie. Def want to read The Martian before reading his new book Artemis as well….gahhhh need more time! lol, great list 🙂

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  6. I haven’t read a lot of these books. Your list gives me some great ideas. You should try November 9 by Colleen Hoover. It was the first book I read by her and I absolutely loved it! It made me want to read all her other books.

    You should also check out Eliza and Her Monsters. It’s a fun easy read with a little more meaning.

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