Even though I participate in giving Monthly Recommendations, I thought I would start my own where every couple weeks I give recommendations for a specific topic. Today I’m doing recommendations of first books in series you could read as a standalone.
AKA calling me out for never finishing series.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I actually don’t know if this was a series when I read it (I think it was but idk), so I never continued the series. But I really enjoyed Wither, and I actually really recommend it. It has a super interesting premise, great female relationships, a great plot. I think it’s highly underrated.
Legend by Marie Lu
Legend is the only YA dystopian I read after the Hunger Games that I still reread and genuinely enjoy. It has insta-love, which sucks, but I forgive it because the rest is great. There’s my favourite trope in dystopian/fantasy of taking down the corrupt government, which is so well executed.
Vixen by Jillian Larkin
Vixen is about flappers in the 1920s, and I love it. It’s such a sweet, dramatic, angsty, easy-to-read book. The second book is good, too, but I think Vixen works well on it’s own as well.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
It seems like if you’ve read this book, you either love it or hate it. I’m closer to the loving it side, though I do realise it has problems (namely Mara being ~*~ not like other girls ~*~). That being said, I really like the ending of this one and never continued the series.
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
Okay I didn’t realise this was a trilogy until like two years ago. I assumed the worst of the ending, and then I was on Goodreads and was like “wait wtf”. But if you want a guilty pleasure romance with angst through the roof, this is the one for you.
The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
I loved this book when I was younger, and it’s what started by obsession with synesthesia. It’s super interesting, and I highly recommend it.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I think we all know how much I love this book, but in case you had forgotten, here’s a reminder. It has everything you could want: badass women, angsty romance, good bromances, action, poison, magic kingdoms, a transgender character. Read it.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
I think this was probably originally just supposed to be a standalone and then when it did well, the author milked it
(typical). I haven’t read the other books, but I know people who have and didn’t enjoy them as much. HOWEVER, the Butterfly Garden is such a good, dark, twisted book that I highly recommend if you’re into those things.
(review coming Friday!)
So I know this series is so beloved. But honestly, the first book is by far the strongest, and could just be read by itself. If you aren’t a series person but still want to try this book, I would definitely recommend it. It’s great, and the ending is good enough to just read it as a standalone IMO.
So, those are the first books in a series I think you could read as a standalone! Have you read any of these? Do you agree with me? Are there any other books from series you think you could read as a standalone? Let me know!!
Thanks for reading! xx