Ah, standalones. A self-contained story within few words. Once you close the book, though, you say goodbye…forever. Anyways, the whole eternal audios thing aside, standalones can be fantastic reads, and I’ll be talking about five of them today! Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.
Both of Erin Morgenstern’s books should count. I mean, they’re both unique beautiful, stories within stories, made of prose that simply feels too magical to exist. The Night Circus is a book I haven’t talked about for a while, but that doesn’t mean I don’t adore it. I should probably reread it actually.
Rarely does a book ever capture the essence of the dark longing of my soul. If We Were Villains was the book that introduced me to dark academia, that revolutionized the books I reach for, and that made me crave stories with characters who are just a little bit mad. Gosh dang it, I love this book.
I love gothic houses. I love wintery atmosphere. I love magic systems that are science-based without feeling too technical. And finally, I adore a good, slow-burn, enemies to lovers romance. No standalone is complete without it.
Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve talked about this book. But this is such a profoundly human story, about a boy, a monster, and grief. There are few books that I can point to and say with certainty that they will withstand the test of time…but this is one of them.
This book contains one of my most hated tropes: insta-love. However, when I closed it, I was crying. And I wasn’t just crying, I was overcome by this notion of love and loss, of sorrow and discovery and joy. This is a book that honestly just transcends a simple love story, and you’ll know it the instant you turn the final page.
So that’s it! What are one of your favorite standalones? Do you agree with any of mine?