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Guest Post: Binge-Worthy Standalone Recommendations

Guest Post Jananee Sundarakumar 

Although I love book series as much as the next person, there is something just so satisfying about starting and finishing a story in the same sitting. Whether you just have a couple of hours to kill during your day, have commitment issues, or you’re putting aside some time to pamper yourself, standalone books come in handy in a number of situations. Whilst the vast majority of YA standalones are contemporary novels, there are still quite a few amazing fantasy novels for you magic lovers out there and today I’m going to be sharing some recommendations from both genres to get you started.

cover of Of Fire and Stars

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

A fairytale retelling with a twist, Of Fire and Stars is definitely a book you should pick up if you haven’t already. Princess Denna has been betrothed to the prince of Mynaria since childhood but everything turns awry when she finds herself falling in love with his sister instead. This book is full of magic and romance and whilst it is a little long at just over 380 pages, the writing style and language is light, easy and quite addictive- making this the perfect candidate to binge in one sitting.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi
is one of the best contemporary releases of this year and one of my all-time favourites. It follows Dimple Shah and Rishi Menon, who are thrown together at a coding summer program by well-meaning parents who hope that the two will end up finding their way to each other. What follows is pure magic.  When Dimple Met Rishi managed to be utterly hilarious, adorable and heart-warming but also incredibly nuanced – dismantling misogynistic traditions, casual racism and unconscious bias whilst also making you cry, laugh, swoon and everything in between.

Cover of Daughter of the Burning City

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

If you’re a fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (two more wonderful fantasy standalones), the Daughter of the Burning City should be right up your alley. You’re thrown into our protagonist, Sorina’s, world right from the get go and you are swept up into the atmospheric and dark world straight away – a travelling carnival full of interesting patrons and even more interesting abilities. Throw in a murder mystery, gripping plot and interesting dialogue and you get a book that you are bound to be hooked to from start to finish!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book took the YA world by storm when it released earlier this year and with good reason too – The Hate U Give is a deeply important, emotional and unflinchingly honest tale about the Black Lives Matter movement that will grip you, start to finish. Angie Thomas’ debut has cemented her as an incredibly talented storyteller and also one that you will not want to stop reading. From the first page, you relate so much to Starr’s story and this emotional connection between the reader and the story will hook you in and not let go – one of the main reasons this book is as binge worthy as it is.


What are some of your favourite standalone books?

Jananee Sundarakumar is a book blogger with a passion for YA. You can read her work at  https://headinherbooks.wordpress.com/, follow her on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel.



I think my favourite standalones would have to be The Museum of Mary Child by Cassandra Golds (such beautiful writing!) and Mosquitoland by David Arnold, which has such a lovable protagonist.

3rd Jun, 19
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I just borrowed The Museum of Mary Child from the library. Sounds intriguing...

4th Jun, 19

In reply to inky

Hope you enjoy it! It's pretty weird.

4th Jun, 19
inky State Library Victoria

In reply to ellipsis

Weird sounds like a good start to liking it!

4th Jun, 19

ive read when dimple met rishi its very good

7th Dec, 20
inky State Library Victoria

That book looks awesome, will add to the holiday reading pile!!

21st Dec, 20