Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Standalone books

Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, but now it is hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads.

Welcome back to another Top 5 Tuesday! I really enjoy this meme and it makes me think a bit more about books and I’m the sort of person who love to categorise and make lists!

Last week, I told you about my top 5 series and this time it’s about my top 5 standalone books! This topic has absolutely massive scope so I’m going to have to take some time to think about it…


Top 5 Standalone books

The Road

I’ve very rarely read such evocative prose. It was hauntingly beautiful, yet full of peril, desperation and love. The relationship between the father and son was so poignant. This book stayed with me for a really long time.

We Need To Talk About Kevin

The characters in this book are so powerful. The book is quite slow at the beginning, yet I was totally engrossed and on the edge of my seat. I thought it was a masterpiece.

Station Eleven

Told through multiple timelines with multiple characters, Station Eleven is really an examination of what it means to be human and our relationships with one another. The main pivotal event is the advent of the “Georgia flu” which kills the majority of the human race. Such a beautifully written book.

La nuit

Night is Wiesel’s account of his incarceration in Auschwitz. Another very short book (a longer account was written in Yiddish before he wrote this version in French) but it packs such a punch. It really highlights the atrocities that were committed during the Holocaust.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice

Beatrix Potter’s tales are some of my absolute favourites. If I had to pick a favourite though, it would certainly be this. Tom Thumb and Hunka Munka leave their mouse hole while the owners of the house are out and set up house in the dolls house! But they are some very bad mice indeed!

What would some of your favourite standalones be? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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