Have you ever read a book you desperately wanted a sequel of? Have you cried about it or even guiltily mailed the author, requesting to write the sequel?
From fantasy to sci-fi to historical fiction, here’s a list of 11 such standalones for you to read.
1. Sadie by Courtney Summers
Trigger Warning: Paedophilia, sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder. Sadie is a dark, poignant read which revolves around two sisters who go missing from their small hometown. Written in alternate perspectives of elder sibling Sadie and through podcasts of West McCray, this book is too compelling to put down.
2. The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Six of Crows meets The Lunar Chronicles in this debut novel about magic, space travelling and found families, bringing together a zany trio of a mute child, a space ship captain and a 100+-year-old creator of the new world. The book is unexpected and full of raw emotions. So, keep some tissues handy because this story will make you ugly cry.
3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
If you can’t wonder Wonder, you are not a wonder!😉
August Pullman is born with rare Treacher-Collins Syndrome, which causes poor development of his face and is thus, home-schooled till the age of ten. But the life of Pullman family changes when Auggie starts going to school. The entire story is full of positive attitude, love and compassion.
Even though you can find many novellas of this book, I wish to see sequels on Auggie’s high school and college life.
4. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
You definitely have to read this one if you are looking for a book on PTSD and/or war disabilities.
Returning to his town, Josh battles with nightmares and hallucinations after losing his leg and his best friend in a war. On the other hand, Skyler Evans can’t wait to leave the same hometown to begin a new life. But her dream seems bleak when her widow mother starts becoming dependant on her. However, their world seems better when Josh and Skyler resume working together at a highway motel. The book is a thoughtful contemporary with real-life characters. I’ll Meet You There is an underrated book that is worth having a sequel of.
5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Now a major motion picture, All the Bright Places tears you apart with its storytelling! The book revolves around two unfamiliar schoolmates, Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, both of whom try to commit suicide. But when a school project brings them together, their life gets a new meaning. Even so, nothing will prepare you for the intense, unforeseen end!
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This oldie feels modern rather than a 19th century classic, with an orphan female protagonist struggling to be independent. Jane becomes the governess of Adele, the adopted child of wealthy Mr. Rochester. Soon, she finds herself falling for this stern, intriguing man. But the love brewing between this couple is not a walk in the park.
7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Here’s another classic recommendation for you!
Reputed and loved Atticus Finch of Maycomb town is questioned about his morals when he defends a black man convicted of rape in the court. Written from Atticus’ daughter Scout’s point of view, this book reminds you of childhood adventures, education and most importantly, courage and justice.
8. The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
You may have read about forbidden love, but have you ever read about forbidden friendship?
The Boy in Stripped Pajamas is a Holocaust novel. Bruno, a nine-year-old boy, befriends Shmuel, who is the only boy of his age at his new home in Auschwitz. What separates them is only a fence, which proves to be a devastating consequence to their friendship.
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It is 1939, Nazi Germany. Liesel’s life is surprisingly educational and adventurous at her new foster home. But her life takes an unexpected turn when her foster family decides to hide a Jew in their basement. Narrated by Death, this story of a book thief will definitely leave you longing for a sequel!
10. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Kasie West is an ace when it comes to taking classic tropes to a whole new level.
If you’re looking for high school drama, boys and best friend conflicts, and enemies-to-lovers story, you have found the right book. Fast-paced and humorous, this standalone will surely rule your heart!
11. If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
If Sidney were an artist, Tracy Whitney would have been called as his masterpiece!
Tracy’s ordinary life turns upside down when she is framed for a crime she did not even commit. She decides to seek revenge for her years of imprisonment. But on the road to vengeance, Tracy finds herself with the most unexpected job, a con artist. Cunning, quick and with stunning beauty, Tracy pulls off a series of cons all over the world.
Even though there are sequels written posthumously by Tilly Bagshawe, this book is in itself a standalone.
What are some of your favourite standalones? Let us know below in the comments.