TOP FIVE TUESDAY ♡ STANDALONES

Hello friends! It’s another Tuesday which means it’s time for another Top Five. I’ve noticed that a lot of other people have their own Top Tuesdays and I definitely respect that and the person who’s meme they’re all going off of. I just hope that with my own Top Five that I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes because I just really enjoy talking about some of my favourite things with you guys. So I just wanted to get that out of the way and now that I have we can get onto today’s topic! While I love series so much, nothing is better than a good standalone book. For me, while most of the NA and contemporary books I read CAN in fact be read as standalones, the only books that I truly view as standalones are ones that cannot or have not been continued in any way. I think what I love about standalones is that you know that everything will (or it should) be resolved by the end of the book and you can just enjoy all of it for what it is. Last year I spent a lot of time trying to read more standalones and I think I’ve got a pretty good list for today.

Without further ado, here is today’s Top Five Tuesday: Standalones!

1. THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORNE

I swear, this book is one of my ultimate favourite books ever. I’m constantly having to fight myself about rereading it because I should be working on my reading challenge but at the same this is pretty much all I want to read. This book is just so amazing. It has incredible and witty writing, super lovable characters, and a great use of the haters-to-lovers trope with a dash of fake dating. I definitely recommend this book to everyone because it’s just one of those books that everyone needs to read. I have the worst impulse control when it comes to this book. If that’s not a ringing endorsement then I don’t know what is.

2. THE FORBIDDEN WISH BY JESSICA KHOURY

Oh my god, this book! I keep forgetting about this book because it’s so underrated and I read it so fast last year but it’s one of my favourite retellings ever!! Now while I had the Disney movie version of Aladdin playing in my head the entire time this book was still able to be unique in it’s own way. I loved that the concept was having the jinni fall in love with Aladdin and I loved seeing how much Aladdin cared for her in return. And you saw even more of the charming boy from the Disney movie in this book and you ultimately come to the conclusion that he’s just a little puppy that deserves all the love. The writing is so beautiful that it left me speechless at the end. That’s honestly the only way I can describe this book: beautiful.

3. ONE OF US IS LYING BY KAREN M. MCMANUS

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I don’t know how many times I can say this without you all getting sick of me but this is hands down my favourite book of 2017 and for me it’s the best book of 2017. It’s been such a long time since I read such a great murder mystery/thriller and this one was perfect. I really liked how a lot of this book focused on the development of the characters and how the only way they can get out of this mess was to work together. Obviously, my favourite thing to come out of this book was the new love of my life Nate Macauley. God, he’s like the bad boy character of my dreams. Can I have a book purely on him please?

4. THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME BY MARIANA ZAPATA

Before reading this, all I heard from everyone on social media was how Zapata was an amazing writer and everyone needs to read something by her. Honestly? They were right. While this is the only Mariana Zapata book I’ve read (I’ll rectify that soon I promise) it’s one of my favourite NA books. She has such a way with words and her characters that make you feel so many things. The thing about this book is that it’s the biggest slowburn EVER and has some fantastic fake dating/marriage. Yep, I said fake marriage. I really need to read this again because it’s so beautiful. The only thing that lowkey bothered me was that Zapata misused the word “eh.” Canadians don’t really use it the way she thinks we do. Just saying.

5. AMOUR AMOUR BY KRISTA AND BECCA RITCHIE

Ok I know I said I wouldn’t include anything from a continuing series, but to be fair this DOES count as a standalone. I’m sorry, I just really need to bend the rules to include this book because it has such a special place in my heart. This book is about following dreams and always believing in yourself and never giving up and to me it’s super inspiring. And then there’s Nikolai, aka the best man to ever exist. The love he has for his family is so admirable and beautiful it makes me cry. He’s so good to them and does everything he can to take care of Thora. This is a book that makes you so happy and makes you feel like you can do anything and I love that.


Well, those are my Top Five Standalones! I know there are a bunch of books that I can consider to be standalones that deserve to be on this list but just because they didn’t make it doesn’t mean that I don’t love them. I’m hoping to discover many more standalones this year and extend my repertoire.

Until next time,

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What are your favourite standalones? Leave a comment below!

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