Monthly recommendations – Standalones

This topic was created by Kayla from Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters and the topic for each month can be found in this Goodreads Group.

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 ๐Ÿ˜€


Monthly Recommendations: Trilogies

This is my post for the Goodreads group for Monthly Recommendations and the topic for November is trilogies… 

This topic has made me realize how many trilogies I don’t actually finish… I should probably get on that ๐Ÿค”

However, I was able to find 3 that I very much enjoyed to recommend ๐Ÿ˜€


1. The Royal Circle by Katherine Longshore

Now, these aren’t considered a true trilogy, I know. However, they all focus on 3 different woman in the court of King Henry the VIII. I felt the author really did her research and I’m a huge fan of the Tudor era of English history so it really intrigued me to read what the thoughts of the people living it might have been. 

The first one is Gilt, this follows the point of view of the best friend of Katherine Howard, the 5th wife of King Henry VIII. (Spoiler Alert: She is beheaded) If you know this era of history, you already know this… But it kind of gives you an insider look how how Katherine might have felt about everything going on, through the eyes of her friend, Kitty.

Second is Tarnish, this follows Anne Boleyn while she is being courted by King Henry VIII and how she felt about the situation. I really feel like she got a raw deal, and this offers a view on how she just wanted to be an independent woman, and the struggles she felt on how to achieve that dream while still being true to herself.

Third is Brazen, and it follows Mary Howard who was married to the only illegitimate child that King Henry VIII claimed as his own, Henry Fitzroy. It is kind of a love story, and it follows the struggles Mary had with being married at such a young age, wanting to fall in true love with her husband and the frustration the couple felt with King Henry refusing to allow them to consummate their marriage… This all happens at the same time as the downfall of Anne Boleyn as well. 

They don’t have to be read in order, obviously because they start with the 5th wife before the 2nd. But I really enjoyed them ๐Ÿ˜


2. The WondLa series by Tony DiTerlizzi

This is a lovely middle grade series that I really enjoyed! It follows Eva Nine who grows up in this pod underground, with a robot for a caretaker. Then one day, they are attacked and Eva finds that there is a whole other world outside! She goes on an adventure to find other humans, and a whole bunch of other crazy stuff happens! It’s a fabulous story with lots of fun alien characters. The author also illustrated it and he is an awesome artist, it helps make the story unique ๐Ÿ˜

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This is her second Shadowhunters series that is set in the late Victorian period, another of my favorite eras of history. This story is also set in England and follows Tessa, a girl who has some pretty interesting powers… It also has a steampunk vibe going for it. I liked the characters better in this than The Mortal Instruments, and I always recommend this one first lol… Also, it technically happens first so ๐Ÿ˜

Those are my trilogy recommendations, if you’ve read these I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you have a series you think I need to read based on these, let me know!

Thanks for reading โค๏ธ