Another fill in topic for this week’s top ten tuesday that is as always created by The Broke and the Bookish. Is it just me or are these just hard to have a theme to think up for? I always struggle in any case.
But in this case I decided to go for standalones. Many books these days are a part of a trilogy or a longer series. Heck, even duologies are making an upcoming. But standalones always stay behind a little. There are of course those authors that write more standalones. I’m thinking of Neil Gaiman for instance.
For a book club I’d imagine it be great to read standalone books. If people didn’t like a book of a series it would be hard for them to continue on. And it can be harder to step back into a book club after they have just all read that series you disliked together. Especially if it is a physical book club. So standalones seem to be the way to go. Here are some standalones I really liked.
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
As mentioned Neil Gaiman writes a lot of standalone books so many are a great pick. But I especially like this one for the mystery it provides and I quite liked the main character.
- Otherbound and On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
These two books aren’t connected with the exception of their author. I think I have mentioned before that I quite liked these books. Especially On the Edge of Gone with the main character being autistic.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book was so heart wrenching. One of the few books that made me cry.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novak
One of those rare high fantasy standalones that really worked for me.
- Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Surprise! I feel like I mention this book a lot… But good for a Halloween book club pick.
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
This was an interesting story with a fairytale feel
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
While this book does have two companions I feel this is more of a standalone. You really don’t need to read the others. It is just a great magical book.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Another book with companions but you can all read them seperate from each other. More high fantasy with an interesting magic system.
What are some of your favorite (fantasy) standalones?