I’m not entirely sure why, but one of the first things to cross my mind when I woke up this morning was that I don’t talk about stand-alone books nearly enough on my blog. That led to the idea of a list of my favorite stand-alones, only for me to realize it would be a short list because I don’t actually read very many.
I do want to change that this year, and so I thought instead that I’d make a list of some stand-alones I want to read. 😉
These really aren’t in any order, but all of them are released. Let’s dive in!
I actually forgot around half of these were even on my TBR until I was searching for books to include on Goodreads. All the books on this list have been on my TBR for 4+ months. And to save myself from saying it 28 times, I need these books yesterday.
1. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
I daresay this is one of the most popular fluff books, and I want to see if I like it as much as other people do. I don’t think I’ll like it more than Anna and the French Kiss, but I’m willing to give it a try. I’ve also heard that the main character has a great personality arc, and I’m here for that. 😉
2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I’ve had this on my radar for about a year now, and somehow I still haven’t gotten to it. Marissa Meyer is amazing at writing retellings, and The Lunar Chronicles in one of my all-time favorite series. I’ve heard more mixed things about this book, but I really want to read it regardless.
3. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
It’s been a while since I’ve heard much about this book, but in early 2016 I think I found it on bookstagram. The story sounds really interesting, and I think it’ll be a unique contemporary… if I ever get around to actually reading it… >.<
4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
I wasn’t sure whether to include this one or History is All You Left Me, also by Adam Silvera, on this list. Ultimately I decided on this one because it’s been on my TBR longer, but I want to read both of them. Everyone says they’re really sad books that will make you cry, and I want to see if that’s true. A lot of things that are said to make everyone cry haven’t had the same effect on me. XD (The Fault in Our Stars…)
5. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
I’ve been wanting to read more books with transgender leads, and I think this is one of the most popular trans stories in YA. Also, my friend Erika read this book not too long ago and loved it, so there’s more incentive for me to read this. XD (I would’ve put This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab on the list just for her, if it was a stand-alone.)
6. Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Granted, I haven’t read it yet, but I don’t think this book gets enough hype. It’s a retelling of Cinderella that follows one of the stepsisters, Imogen, who struggles with mental illness and body image after her mom’s death. Cinderella, or Ella Cinder, as she’s called in the story, is the antagonist. Also, the cover is gorgeous.
7. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
I’ve heard a lot about this book through Twitter. It’s about an immigrant girl dealing with an imminent arranged marriage, something I’ve never read about. Reviews on Goodreads say this is a shockingly realistic story, so the sooner I get to it, the better.
8. Beast by Brie Spangler
All I know about this book is that it’s a modern Beauty and the Beast retelling, and one of the two main characters is transgender. YES PLEASE.
9. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
According to the synopsis, this takes place in 1937, the time of the New London school explosion, and is about a couple in love dealing with segregation. I really, really want to read this. I don’t even remember putting this on my TBR, but I’d like it now please. 🙂
10. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
This is another historical fiction book. It takes place in 1959, and follows Sarah, the first black girl at an all-white school, and Linda, who has been taught that races should be separate but equal. It’s categorized as LGBT+, which has me even more excited. Give me all the interracial romances! 😉
11. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
This is arguably the one book on this list I want to read the most. It’s set in Iran, which I know is a personal first, and follows two girls hiding their love for each other. One finds out that an arranged marriage has been set up for her, and is willing to do anything to get out of it… including becoming a man. HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE AND CAN I PLEASE HAVE IT NOW?
I’ll stop here, but a part two is very likely.
Do you read a lot of stand-alone books? Have you read any on my list? What are some stand-alones you really want to read? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to continue reading Blood Rose Rebellion and relax, because there’s no way I’m spending my spring break any other way. 😛 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…