Sara 101: Favorite Standalones


Hello everyone!

I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

I thought about sharing something more personal this month but since I talked about my favorite series and trilogies, I figured I might as well go for the trifecta and talk about my favorite standalones. This was a lot harder than I thought because it’s harder for me to read standalones (I’m a series kind of girl) and I haven’t read that many. And those that I’ve read is hard to narrow down to ten. But I managed!

SO let’s get started!

#10: The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things
by Carolyn Mackler

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things Cover

I recently talked about this in a Throwback Thursday post because I read this book a few years ago and I totally fell in love with it. It’s not usually the kind of book that would generally make me connect with it but I fell in love with the main character and her personality and I loved her growth and development.

#9: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Cover

This is the first book I ever read when I had just gotten my Kindle app and it was amazing! I loved the way the author decided to tell the story. It made it much more powerful and emotional that way. The endingΒ  shocked me quite a bit and I’m sure I’ll re-read this book someday soon.

#8: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Cover

This is the first book I ever read by Morgan Matson and I loved it! The road trip was super fun and I loved the little pictures and playlists which are awesome. I really liked the way the romance developed though part of me really wants a sequel for this.

#7: None of the Above
by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above Cover

I was super surprised with how much I loved this book. It’s about a topic that I’d never read before and I was really moved by the main character’s struggle. She is intersex and I don’t feel comfortable explaining what that really means so I definitely recommend checking out this book to learn more about it.

#6: Falling Into Place
by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place Cover

I read this book last year and absolutely loved it. It’s very similar to the premise of Before I Fall but much better done in my opinion. There’s also various perspectives in this novel, besides the main character and some of them are really surprising. I loved the ending and I really need to read more of this author’s work.

#5: Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen Cover

I’ve read three Sarah Dessen books and two of those were 5 stars and I thought about sharing both of them in this list but I had to pick Just Listen. I absolutely loved this one. There’s a heavy influence of music and mental health and I loved the development of the character as well as the romance. It was beautiful.

#4: Rook
by Sharon Cameron

Rook Cover

This is one of the most underrated books on this list and one of my favorites (obviously). This is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel but it can also sort of be read like a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities (which you all know I love). It’s super slow paced but honestly, I think the characters and the story make up for it. More people need to read this.

#3: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda Cover

This is one of my favorite books. It was the cutest romance I have ever read. And the mystery of it all is also really cool. I read this book last year and yet I kind of want to re-read it again soon. Specially since her new book is set in the same “world” as this one.

#2: Everything Leads to You
by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You Cover

This is one of my favorite contemporary books of all time! I absolute loved it when I read it. This is the kind of lgbtw+ book that does not involve coming out. It’s just another character living their life and finding romance where they least expect it. It’s awesome. Oh! And we get a behind the scenes look on how film sets are made, how cool is that?

#1: These Shallow Graves
by Jennifer Donnelly

These Shallow Graves Cover

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME! It is so good! It’s a historical fiction murder mystery thriller filled with feminism, science and action. If that doesn’t sell it to you, I don’t know what will. I absolutely adore this book to pieces though part of me is super sad that it’s only one book because I WANT MORE.

So that’s it for this post! I honestly didn’t really how many contemporary books surrounding LGBTQ+ and mental health were on my favorites until now. That just tells me I need to read more of them so if you have any recs, leave them in the comments! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.

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12 thoughts on “Sara 101: Favorite Standalones

  1. Oooh so many good books on here – not that I’ve read them (YET!) but I’ve heard so many good things about them! e.g. None of the Above and Everything Leads to You!

    Also — AH, FALLING INTO PLACE! I think you’re the only person I know who has read this book, and I really enjoyed it too. It was sad but the ending was… kinda hopeful. 😊

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    • You definitely should! All of these I highly recommend, that’s why they’re on this list.
      Yay! Someone else has read it! I think you’re the first person I know who has too. I loved the ending and I loved the strange narration. I definitely need to read more of her books soon.

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  2. I love this list!
    Glad to see Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Perks of Being a Wallflower on here.
    I’ve never even heard of These Shallow Graves but since I like a lot of the books you have listed on here, then I’ll check it out! I mean, science fiction, feminism, and action are definitely up my alley. πŸ˜€

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  3. Yeees for None of the Above! Such an underrated book, and I’m super glad that we both like this one. πŸ˜‚

    And Just Listen is honestly one of my favourite books ever. I also really enjoyed Everything Leads to You – the behind the scenes thing is so good and informative and entertaining.

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    • I saw that you liked it and I was so excited! More people need to read that book.
      I need to read more Sarah Dessen honestly, I really loved that book. It’s one of my faves so I was nervous that you were reading it and I’m glad that you read it and enjoyed it :). Though you should definitely try These Shallow Graves


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