I can’t find who started the Friday Five book blog meme. It seems to crop up in many different style such as “Five for Friday”, “Five on Friday” , “FridayFive Challenge”. I also can’t find a topic list like you would have for the Six on Sunday meme. Therefore I am just doing my own thing and setting my own topics just so I can chat books with you.
Todays topic is
Five Standalones I Love
these are Five Standalone books that hold a special place in my heart and on my shelves. I will definitely be carving out time to re-read and revisit these books. There is something uniquely magical in a good standalone it both leaves you wanting more but also fully satisfied with the story and all of these books share that. I am both desperate to have more, know more explore more, but also love the moments of magic, beauty and storytelling within each of these.
The Night Circus
I think I could say this is my favourite standalone that I have read so far in my life, hesitantly as I need to re-read some on this list a bit more. It is definitely the one I have re-read most. Both physically and via audiobook I return to the circus at least once a year, even if its just a few of my favourite pages. It is a comfort read for me. I just really love the writing and the worldbuilding, I am first to admit the plot is a bit thin but I don’t care as to me the circus is the star and it is all in the worldbuilding.
The Once and Future Witches
Alix E. Harrow
I know I have shouted a lot about this book this year but it really is an amazing read. Again its the writing style and the world building that really drew me in. Harrow’s interpretation of classic fairy tales and her magic system based around them was just awesome. I have a full review so you can find out all my thoughts.
The Space Between Worlds
One of my favourite reads of 2020 and a smashing debut from Johnson. I really enjoyed this one and wish it had more people shouting about it. despite it being a Sci-fi it was so character driven that I think anyone could find the journey of the MC interesting and entertaining. There was just so much depth to all the characters.
I am not much of a Horror reader unless it is Christina Henry. I adore her books especially her retellings and for me this is the definitive retelling of Peter Pan / origin story for Captain Hook. It is so dark and sad and beautiful in the writing that I just can’t get enough of. It takes Peter Pan into the realms of a Grimm Brothers story and it is just such a good read.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep
I couldn’t do a standalone post and not mention The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep. This was one of my top books of 2020. I read it in January 2020 and it is still with me, I still think about how cool the magic system is, the relationship between the two brothers and all the books that it inspired me to wither read or reread (Sherlock Holmes being one) I loved this.
Next week I am going to chat about five Middle Grade books I love.