10 Amazing Books that Stand Alone | Top Ten Tuesday


Welcome back, readers and friends. It’s Tuesday again, and so we begin our blogging week with Top Ten Tuesday March 12 edition.

That Artsy Reader Girl | March 12: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday March 12

To be honest, initially I wasn’t going to join this Top Ten meme because, honestly, I cannot think of many (if any) standalones I want a sequel to. Don’t misunderstand, I’ve read lots of amazing standalones, but no matter how much I’d like to hang out with the characters in them, most of whom I love, I often feel like the book is “complete” in its journey. Both for the reader, and the characters.

Instead of following the direct prompt, I decided to feature a few of the standalone books on my shelf that I adore – just the way they are.

Top Ten Tuesday March 12

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1: The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof | This beautiful story is one of THE best historical novels I’ve ever read. While I’d never say “no” to catching up with Charlie and Ella, their story is perfect as is. Amazon | Goodreads

2: The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody | Didn’t know what to expect from this one. What I discovered is a delightful road trip story that I’ve since purchased a finished copy of. Amazon | Goodreads

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3: The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron | A time slip novel that’s dazzling all without the agony of waiting on a sequel. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton | This one is sweet. Sure it’d be fun to see how the leading couple is faring, perhaps in college, but they’re cute as they are, and that’s enough. Amazon | Goodreads

5: Gilt Hollow by Lori Langdon | An atmospheric YA mystery that’s perfect autumn reading! Amazon | Goodreads

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6: Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge | Sisters, tea, swoony guys, and Jane Austen. What more do we need? Amazon | Goodreads

7: The End of the World by Amy Matayo | Emotional, but so worth the deep end, this story is bittersweet, but also gives us (and these characters!) the end we need. Amazon | Goodreads

8: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay | A charming novel inspired by, but not a re-telling, Jane Austen. Amazon | Goodreads

9: The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner | LOVELOVELOVE this rom-com. It’s unique, and sassy, and… well, did I mention I like it? Amazon | Goodreads

Top Ten Tuesday March 12

10: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows | Yes this title was on my list last week. No, I’m not embarrassed by this. *wink* I think it’s safe to say, we’d all love to again meet with this book club, but also, there’s a part of me that’s happy to leave them where they are, which his happy. Amazon | Goodreads

Additional authors who write great standalones in general are: Jennifer E. Smith (The Geography of You and Me), Nicholas Sparks (The Choice, Safe Haven) or Kasie West (P.S. I Like You, Lucky in Love).


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What about you? Are you like me or do you have a long list of books you’d like to discover there’s a sequel to? Comment below with all of your thoughts on the subject of standalone books.

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  1. I’d like to get the Geography of Lost Things. I like a good road trip story and haven’t read one in ages. Plus I’ve seen that book around and seems like it gets good reviews. :)

  2. I agree, some standalones just shouldn’t be messed with! More chance of the characters staying happy that way ? The guernsey book wraps up really nicely I think.

  3. Jane in Austin made my list this week too. Although I want a sequel because I want to see if Celia finds her happy ever after. She got short shrifted next to Jane. Also, who doesn’t want to re-visit Guernsey!

  4. I can’t believe that I haven’t read ANY of these GASP! But I absolutely concur that some standalones, no matter how much we love them, are completely great on their own. A lot of my favorites are, I think! Serpent King, I’ll Meet You There, Four Three Two One, probably a whole bunch more that I can’t remember ? Now, there are some that absolutely required sequels that I will be salty forever and ever about, but… I like your topic MUCH better!

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: Sequels I Need More than Air

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