Hey lovelies! I hope we are all managing to stay sane during this uncertain time! Its week two of lockdown here in UK and despite it being an unsettling time, I am doing okay. Well..apart from my hayfever which is playing up a lot!
Lockdown isn’t all bad though, at least now we have time to tackle those books that have been on our TBR for ages and hopefully get that number down. So, for todays post I thought I would share with you some Standalones that you could binge during lockdown.
What books would you recommend? Have you read any of my recommendations?
Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann
I read this very recently and devoured it within a day. It’s written in verse so it’s very quick to read, but it’s also a very harrowing, emotional story that takes you on a journey of self discovery with the main character, Amber. I am recommending this to everyone I know and for a good reason – it was a beautiful, heartfelt read full of hope and also courage. My full review is here.
Are You Watching by Vincent Ralph
This was another recent read that I sped through, as I was so hooked! This was an adrenaline inducing, thrilling read that will have you gripped…trust me. It took me on a frantic journey and I can honestly say I didn’t want to put it down. It’s an amazing debut and one I think you all should read.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
This is another novel written in verse which is simply stunning! This is all about one boy coming to terms with his identity as a mixed race gay man and finding his calling as a drag artist called The Black Flamingo. It’s a book that you can easily read in one sitting. Dean Atta’s poetic voice will captivate you and leave you longing for more.
Summer of No Regrets by Kate Mallinder
Summer of No Regrets is such a feel good book and that is definitely what you need during this time of uncertainty! It’s set during one summer as four best friends make a pledge to make their summer regret free. This is such a heartwarming, uplifting read all about the importance of female friendships and living life with no regrets.
The Boy At The Back of The Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
A middle grade recommendation for you now! I read The Boy at the Back of the Class last year for a readathon and I ADORED IT! It literally did move me to tears. The subject area is one that I hadn’t seen before in MG and the way it was written was just beautiful. I met Onjali at an event last October and she is just the sweetest!
After The Fire by Will Hill
I have been raving about this book ever since I read it in July 2018! This was such an intense read that has you wanting to read on. I can say I was hooked on it! I loved the contrast of the before and after segments and I really did become addicted to the story of Moonbeam. This was my first delve into fiction featuring cults and it wasn’t the last.
The Boy Who Fooled the World by Lisa Thompson
I couldn’t just have one MG on this list could I? The Boy Who Fooled The World was a beautifully written story full of hope, but also some realisation that life isn’t always perfect. I was so hooked on it, that I finished it within a few hours. The way Lisa weaves real life problems into her writing is admirable and with The Boy Who Fooled the World you see Cole’s family struggle with being on the bread line, Cole struggling to deal with it and the stigma that is attached to his dad being a stay at home Dad. Anyone of any age will find something to love about this book.