Monday, 21 April 2014

Top 5 Stand Alone Novels

Hello everyone. Another 'Top 5' post today! This time it's one that was requested. I was asked to do posts on my favourite stand alone novels and my favourite series, so here's the first part. If you have any other requests then please let me know. I love it when people request posts, it makes me feel important haha!


I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
I Am The Messenger follows the story of a 19 year old New Yorker called Ed. Ed isn't really going far in life, he's just working as an underage taxi driver and doesn't have much in the way of ambition. He starts to get playing cards in the mail that have messages on them. Sometimes it's an address, sometimes it's a name but they're all clues that lead him to someone who needs his help. This book had me laughing and it made me what to cry. It's a really good book that ironically, gives a great message.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go Bernadette is made up of letters and emails collected by Bernadette's daughter. Bernadette was a bit of a free spirit so felt a little bit tied down with everything and then one day she just disappeared. This book has a really quirky writing style, it reminded me of the 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Blah Blah Blah that one. Bernadette's daughter is on a mission to find out why she left and eventually tracks her down, it's hilarious.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Have you ever read a book in which the writing is so vivid and rich that you actually felt like you were there? Until this book that had only happened to me with the Harry Potter novels. But Morgenstern's writing style is so wonderful, it took me right to the circus. Standing there in awe of all the acts, I could smell the caramel popcorn. It's the story of two magicians who have been challenged together in a duel as children. As they grow up they meet each other when they both start to work for the circus but neither of them know who their opponent really is. It also tells the stories of some other side characters and about how the circus has effected them. This worked really well for me as a stand alone novel as everything was wrapped up nicely and there were no loose ends.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
In 13 Reasons Why a high school student is delivered a parcel in the post containing several tapes. The parcel is from a girl he went to high school with, but she killed herself last week. As Clay starts to listen to the tapes he realises that Hannah is explaining the 13 reasons why she killed herself, and he is one of them. This novel was beautiful and it really made me think about things. It's great and I really recommend it.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is a novel that I only read recently, but I already know that it's one of my favourite books of all time. It follows the story of a young girl who has been raped at a party that she then called the police to. She never told anyone about the rape and so this book is about how she deals with it by herself. All of her friends are shunning her because she got the party shut down and at school she is bullied quite a lot. It's an incredibly sad story but it has a great ending. Laure Halse Anderson wrote an epilogue explaining why she hasn't written a sequel. Until I read this I was annoyed at the ending but that epilogue made me respect Anderson's decision a lot more. 5/5 would recommend!


What are your favourite stand alone novels?

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