Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stand Alone Recommendations 1.0

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite stand alone books. I like stand alone books because it does not require too much commitment.

Since You've Been GoneThe first book I will be recommending is Since You've been gone by Morgan Matson. This book follows a girl named Emily Hughs who is shy and likes to hide behind her outgoing BFF Sloane. One day Sloane disappears and no one knew where she went. The only thing she left behind for Emily was a to-do list. Some of the list has easy things like going apple picking at night. Other things are crazy like skinny dipping. Emily believes that if she completes the list she will find Sloane. Along the way she meets new friends. I love this book and I think it is more of a summery book since it takes place during summer. I really love the story line and characters.

Second Chance Summer I also have to mention another Morgan Matson book. This one is Second Chance Summer. This book is about a girl named Taylor and her father receives unexpected news. He decides to spend the summer in their beach house. Taylor hasn't been there since she was 12 and at 17 she now has to face everything she left behind including two of her past very good friends Lucy Marino and Henry Crosby. We do get flashbacks telling us what happened. I really enjoyed this book and I love the family element in it. It added so much more to the story. Again,  I highly recommend it. 

The Book Thief The next book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a historical fiction novel following a girl named Liesel Meminger. She lives in Germany during Word War II. As you can tell from the title, she steals books. One thing interesting is that it is narrated by death. It makes the book very unique and interesting. Death sometimes spoils parts of the book but it still is so interesting. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Salt to the Sea Another good book that takes place during World War II is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book follows four different characters point of view from four different countries. The story is very powerful. It is so hard to explain. It has to do with getting to safety. I did love the writing style and I found the story very informative as well.

The Night Circus The next book is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In this book, the circus comes to different places and towns without any warning. The circus only opens at night. I recommend going into this book without knowing much about it. The writing style is beautiful and it is so atmospherics. It does have similarities to Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I did like it better than Caraval so if you liked Caraval I think you will enjoy this book. I do not recommend reading this during a reading slump.

The Scorpio Races The final book I have to recommend is the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator. This book is told in first person by two different characters named Sean Kendrick and Kate "Puck" Connolly. They both live on an Island and every November their is a race called the Scorpio Races, where people race horses and Water Horses. Water horses eat meat and live in the water. Sean Kendrick is a returning champion and has his own reasons to win this particular race. Puck to never planned on entering the race but fate hasn't given her a choice. She is the first girl ever to enter the races.

Those were my standalone recommendations and I hope you check some of them out! Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. 

1 comment:

  1. Ahh.. I STILL have yet to read The Scorpio Races, even though the Raven Boys is one of my favorite series. Ever. Of all time! Maggie is such an amazing writer. Thank you for reminding me that I STILL want to read this one! Great list!
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