All-Time Favorite Stand-Alones


Hello, all! It’s Superbowl Sunday, as known to me as, “Wait, that’s today?” Sunday, because I couldn’t care less about football (I know, I’m betraying my fellow Americans).

So, continuing on with the trend of talking about some of my favorite bookish things, I thought I’d talk about my favorite stand-alones (I realized I had a hell of a lot more favorites than I thought I’d have on this list, and not all of them are mentioned)!

Note that I don’t mention all of my favorite stand-alones, so books such as Gone Girl, Night Film, The Ice Twins, etc. didn’t make it onto the list because it was already so long, and I feel like I’ve talked about them to death, but I’m sure you guys know about the ones not listed on here, so it’s not too bad. If you want to see more of my favorites, feel free to check this super old post out here!


Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda


Um, of course I’m going to have this adorable book on this list. I actually read this book in one day (probably because I really needed to know who Blue was), and it’s so wonderfully fluffy and cute and funny. Also, it mentioned Drarry, so ten points to Gryffindor!


Looking for Alaska


I don’t care what anyone else says, I’m a huge fan of John Green, and this book is still my favorites of his. Besides having a total girl crush on Alaska, I also love how this book dealt with a theme I didn’t think would be explored. Not to mention the quirky cast of characters, and the fact that this is probably one of Green’s best-written novel to date.




Of course, here’s the Obligatory V.E. Schwab mention! This is probably my favorite book of hers, and probably one of my favorite books dealing with anti-heroes and superpowers. And I’m definitely Team Victor.


Every Day


This was my first book by Levithan, and it definitely wasn’t the last. This was such a beautiful, complex love story, and, yes, I want a proper sequel.


Before I Fall


Even though Lauren Oliver is a hit or miss author for me, her debut novel is still one of my favorite books ever. The writing is stunning and the character development and original concept is what makes this book so great. And I teared up reading this book so many times.


The Troop


This wonderfully disgusting book is still one of my favorites, and you can see its discussion here! I fell in love with horror last year, and this is probably still my favorite one out there (I haven’t read a Stephen King book yet; I’m sorry!). It’s gross and it’s violent, but it also gave me so many feels because I loved these boys (most of them, at least). And the ending was spot-on as well.


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


THIS BOOK IS AN UNDERRATED MASTERPIECE. I highly recommend going into this blind (I was unfortunately spoiled before I read this, of course), and just letting it take you on the journey because it’s so raw and real and so very sad. It’s definitely a dark book, and, warning: it doesn’t have a happy ending, but it’s so brilliant.


Eleanor & Park


I actually read this book around the time it came out, and I absolutely loved it. It was such a beautiful look at first love between two awkward protagonists just trying to make I through another day. And that ending is still one of my favorites to this day.


The Fault in Our Stars


What’s a “Favorites” list without this one on it? Of course I loved TFiOS. And to those saying Augustus was too pretentious and unreal, that’s the point. /rant over/


Big Little Lies


Look at me; I finally read a popular book that came out years ago! I’m not too excited for the HBO show since it seems to have missed the entire point of the book, but I love how funny, but serious it is, especially since it deals with sexual abuse and domestic violence. Also, it’s highly addicting. I felt like I was a PTA mom myself reading this.


All Is Not Forgotten


So many people don’t like this book, but I loved it. I read it in a day last year, and its such a powerful book that deals with the rape of a fifteen-year-old girl. Some of my favorite quotes came from this book, and I love how effed-up the entire novel was since we get it only from the perspective of Dr. Erskine.




YA mysteries and thrillers sometimes tend to miss the mark, in my opinion, but this one really impressed me! It’s loosely based off of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (which I haven’t read) and managed to not only be tense, but really surprise me with its murderer, had a great, smart heroine, and a romance that I actually shipped and wasn’t cheesy!


I’m Thinking of Ending Things


More of my thoughts on this weird book here!


Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


This was actually the first book I ever read in one whole day, and I’m glad it has that standing. It’s such a touching novel about the friendship (and eventual romance) between two boys and it’s so sad but beautiful and cute and just asdfghjkl!


More Happy Than Not


I’m sure you’re tired of hearing how awesome Adam Silvera is, but he’s freaking awesome, and his debut novel is fantastic. I just love how it talks about depression and the mash-up of a sci-fi and contemporary was so cool.


Two Boys Kissing


And another contemporary penned by David Levithan! I actually consider this my favorite of his at the moment, and there are just so many fantastic quotes in it and it’s so poignant and all the feels!


The Night Circus


Ah, yes, my first ever adult book! I actually bought this when I was twelve but read two pages of it and wrote it off as bad, but picked up again last year because my taste has changed since then, and fell in love. I know some people feel it’s too slow and boring and doesn’t live up to its premise, but to me, it was gorgeous.


Draw the Line


Again, we have another cute, fluffy book with a gay protagonist that made my heart sing. I swear to God, I was smiling like a dork through the entire book. It also deals with the homophobia that gay people face in the South sometimes and how gross it is that people aren’t held accountable for it. It’s such a beautiful, underrated book. Plus, the main couple is ADORABLE.


How to Repair a Mechanical Heart, Dark Matter, & The Song of Achilles


All three of these books made it to my Best of 2016 list, and I’ll just leave it here if you want to check out more of my thoughts on these beauties!




This is probably one of my favorite middle grade novels ever. I’m not really a huge fan of middle grade nowadays, but back when I read this, I was probably twelve or thirteen, and I devoured it in a day. It’s so heart-breaking to see how Auggie is treated, but I loved how his sister loved him and how he had fantastic friends that loved him. So good.


And that’s (mostly) it for my favorite stand-alones of all time! Who knew that I was obsessed with so many stand-alones of all different genres and age ranges?


What are some of your favorite stand-alones? Do we share any of the same ones? 


31 thoughts on “All-Time Favorite Stand-Alones

  1. Aha Mikaela I’m more and more convinced that our taste in books are so alike. After all, you love Simon vs (who doesn’t, though?! It’s so good), More Happy Than Not (the feeeellllsssss) and Eleanor and Park, and so much more that I love as well. 😉 I haven’t read some of these, that I will definitely check out though. Aristotle and Dante is one I’ve been looking forward to! ❤

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    • Yes, Simon is soooo cute! I literally cannot wait for the movie to come out; I’ll be smiling throughout the entire thing! 😄 Adam Silvera’s books give me SO MANY FEELS, I can’t even deal with it. And Eleanor and Park is demanding a re-read! And yes, Aristotle and Dante is brilliant! ❤

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  2. Vicious was SO GOOD! I think it actually has a sequel coming out, though – it’s called Vengeful? The release date is FOREVER AWAY (like 2018, I think) but it’s on Goodreads. 🙂

    And I’m so glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed How to Repair A Mechanical Heart! That book is one of my faves and it’s crazy underrated. ❤

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    • Yes, it does, but I’ll leave it on the stand-alone list for now. 😉 I’m SOOO excited for it, but 2018 seems crazy far away! 😭

      YESSS IT IS! I feel so alone in my feels for it; it was so wonderful and perfect and nobody seems to talk about it. 😍


  3. We have SO many favorites in common, this is THE BEST ❤ Obviously Looking for Alaska is my favorite book of ever, and my favorite of John Green as well ❤ ❤
    Simon, Before I Fall, Aristotle and Dante, More Happy Than Not, TFIOS… So many great choices! I really want to read Vicious – I read and loved ADSOM and AGOS, I want to read more from this author now 🙂

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  4. I have to admit to not being a fan of John Green but I love a lot of the other books on your list. Before I Fall was incredible.

    I haven’t read that Matthew Quick but I loved one of his other books so I really should get to it. He’s definitely underrated as an author.

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    • Ha, no worries, I know there are a lot of people who aren’t fans of his. And yes, it really was! I’m curious as to how the movie will do, but the trailer didn’t look to bad!

      Ooh, which one? I want to read Silver Lining Playbook sometime in the future!

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  5. These all seem like amazing books Mikaela. Most of these I haven’t read but you’ve included more than a few favourites of mine on this list. V.E. Schwab is one of my favourite authors, I seriously think everything she writes goes the top of my to-read list and once I’ve read it the top of my all-time favourites list! Vicious was no exception (although actually I think there may be a sequel in the works, at least that’s what I’ve heard around).
    I also loved The Night Circus, and that is one book I really wish had a sequel, or I wish Erin Morgenstern would release another book because I can’t get enough of her writing.
    I have More Happy Than Not on my to-read list and I’m actually hoping to start it next week sometime (probably Wednesday). I can’t wait to get around to it and see what all the fuss is about.

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    • Oh, yeah, I definitely agree! I still have a couple of her books that I need to read! And, yeah, apparently a sequel is coming out next year, which I’m super pumped about! I know it’s going to be utterly fantastic! 😀

      Yes, same; I would love it if Erin Morgenstern released another book; it’s been so long! Same with Gillian Flynn and the author of Night Film; they haven’t released books in a while and I love their current works!

      And yeah, I hope you love it as much as I did! ❤

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      • What ones of hers do you still need to read then? As far as I’m concerned they’re all amazing so I’m sure you’ll love whatever they are! Same here, I can’t wait to see where they take the story especially after the way the first one ended!
        Maybe they both just felt so satisfied with their debut novel they didn’t feel the need to write another book. Still hopefully they’ll be more from them someday.
        Thanks Mikaela, I hope so too. 😀 ❤️

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      • Uh, This Savage Song, The Archived, and the Near-Witch! I’m going to be reading This Savage Song this month though, so yeah for that!

        Yes, exactly! I need to know what’s going on!

        Yeah, especially from Gillian Flynn (though I know it’ll be hard to write a thriller book after the success of Gone Girl).

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  6. I have only read Simon and TFIOS from your list. However, I am glad to see a number of books on my TBR; Looking for Alaska, Big, Little Lies and I am thinking of ending things(this last one is quite controversial based on reviews). I hope to read these books soon especially after seeing them on your list of favorites. Great list, thanks for sharing.

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    • Yeah, the Goodreads reviews are absurdly low, which I think is sort of ridiculous, to be honest, considering some books rated higher than that aren’t even THAT good, but personal opinion. Yes, Looking for Alaska and Big Little Lies were both great; I hope you love them! 😄


    • Yeah, I hope you enjoy them! And yeah, I can see that. 😂 I watched the trailer, and was disappointed in it because literally nothing is like the book, but I’ll probably watch the pilot and see how it all plays out.


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