The topic for this month is Standalones
I’ve picked mostly YA books for this, but a few adult novels so I’ll start with those.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
This book follows a white girl in the early 60’s who interviews a group of black maids to get their point of view on the work they do. It’s heartbreaking, hilarious, informative, and just a well rounded story. I loved the movie and then picked up the book, which was of course better, but I think it’s a must read.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
A young girl has to go into foster care when her mother commits a major crime, this book follows her into several different homes and situations in the aftermath of that situation. I thought it was a facinating story and was another one that I loved the movie first and the book was even better. Such a wonderful author.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This book follows a young girl who is murdered, watching her family from heaven while they move on with life and deal with her death. I thought the story was beautiful, I loved the way the author described things and it’s one of my favorites… The movie, however, was awful.
Now on to my YA Recommendations
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This story is set during World War 2 and is told by the perspective of Death, following a girl named Liesl and the things that happen to her during the war. I think the perspective being told by Death makes this book so unique and it’s a beautiful story. If you haven’t read this, you really should.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This is about a little girl who moves into a new house and isn’t happy with her life until she finds a secret entrance to an alternative world where everything she doesn’t like about her life is the way she wants it. However, she soon learns the grass isn’t greener on the other side. I think Neil Gaiman is a fabulous storyteller, he has such a fantastic imagination and this is my favorite book of his.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
I love this author, she writes such interesting historical fiction with a touch of paranormal. This is her debut book, it follows a girl in 1918 during the worst of the Spanish Flu epidemic. She also loses someone she cares a lot for which isn’t a spoiler, I promise, because the synopsis of the story is about him coming back to haunt her. It was such an interesting read and one of my favorites.
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
This is about 2 girls in 1959 on opposite sides of the civil war movement, it follows each of their perspectives and the struggles they have with all that is changing in their lives as well as their struggles with being attracted to girls. It’s such a facinating story and I think it was done beautifully. I think this is a must read for sure.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This is one that most people either love or hate, it follows a boy in high school who’s makes stupid videos with his one true friend and his mother forces him to spend time with a girl he was friends with in elementary school because she has cancer. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous and pretty much tears itself apart throughout the whole story. I loved it, so I would really only recommend it to people who have a dryer sense of humor and enjoy more sarcastic type characters. You can’t really take it too seriously, because it doesn’t even take itself seriously lol
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Last but not least, I chose this one because I felt it was really unique. This follows three main characters in The Walled City in China, all there for different reasons, but all three trying to escape. It’s a brutal, facinating world and the author has created characters that you really connect to and I would highly recommend it if you have thought about picking it up.
That’s it for my Monthly Recommendations. Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of these or are planning too. Also, if you’ve done this months recommendations, link it below or just tell me if you think you know one I would love!
Thanks for reading!
Until next time, bye 😀