Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly returning meme by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes…”, and my theme is going to be standalone books. Standalone books are often underrated and I think they should have more attention! Especially the ones I will name below.

Ten books to read if your book club likes standalone books:


  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan — This book is beautiful, heartbreaking and awesome. The book is about two people who are stuck in space with 90 minutes or air left. Review here.
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker — What would happen in the earth slowed its rotation? In a world where days keep growing longer, a young girl named Julia grows up. (This book is the debut of the author of The Lovely Bones)

“The only thing you have to do in this life is die,” said Mrs. Pinsky…”everything else is a choice.”

  • Every Day by David Levithan — The remarkable story of A, a person (neither boy nor girl) who wakes up in a different body every day. One day A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with his girlfriend Rhiannon. (There is actually a sequel to this book, but you can read it as a standalone)
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater — Wild, deadly waterhorses that come out of the sea in November, every year they train these horses to win the race, which often leads to deathly accidents. Two people are determined to win, one to be able to keep her dead parents house, and the other to keep his horse.
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro — The story of Kath, Ruth and Tommy, who grow up on a boarding school, where they learn they are “special”. I’m not going to tell you why they are special, because that is the best part of the book.

“What I’m not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”

  • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer — Two very different people, Jonathan from the US and Alex from Ukraine, go on a quest together to find the person who might have saved Jonathan’s family in WWII.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon — Christopher has Asperger syndrome and one day his neighbors dog dies. He is determined to overcome his fears of talking to people to find out who killed him.
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer — By far my favourite book ever. Oskar’s dad died during 9/11 and he finds a key that belongs to his dad. He decides to go all through NY to find the lock that it fits.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell — The wonderful love story of two misfits.

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

  • The Hundred-Year old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen — A very remarkable story of a 100-year old man that decides that it is time to leave his home and goes on adventures. Very funny and doesn’t bore you for a second!

These are all wonderful, remarkable books that need to be read more! And beside that, they are very good for having discussions. What’s your favourite standalone book?

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone books

  1. So glad you mentioned Scorpio Races lol. I’m such a hardcore fan of that book. But I’ve been meaning to read Eleanor and Park. I heard it’s an amazing read. I have yet to read anything from Rainbow Rowell actually :/

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    1. I really like Scorpio Races! I love everything Maggie Stiefvater has written 🙂
      I think Eleanor & Park is the only book I’ve read, and I’ve only read it because it was on my sister’s shelves. But is really a great book!


  2. I read Extremely Loud back in high school, and it was so much richer and more poignant than I thought it would be. I was definitely floored. I also feel like I enjoyed Never Let Me Go more the second time I read it (after watching the movie), and I’m glad to see it on this list. Great choices for this week! ❤
    my TTT.


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