Standalone Sunday // Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

It’s late, I know! (Geez, what is wrong with me? Why can I not do anything on time, it seems like? ← Something I need to work on.) Today was Danny’s birthday, and my son had a Pokemon tournament… so I was pretty busy all day and all night. Technically, it’s not Sunday anymore (here, anyway) but that doesn’t mean it’s not Sunday somewhere! So let’s see what’s been recommended to us this week, shall we?


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Standalone Sunday is a feature created by yours truly where each Sunday we will feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! There’s tons of focus on books that are part of a series… I thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!

Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And you’re more than welcome to use the image I created. Link to your post in the comments below or make sure you link back to this post so I can check it out and add you down below!

→ Note: If you want to participate, but haven’t read many standalone’s, feel free to create a post featuring a standalone on your TBR, or one you want to read. The books you feature can be standalone books that look/sound good to you! It’s not a requirement to use only books you’ve read.


FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk

fihtclubEvery weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.


Alright… so I know a lot of you have probably heard of this movie. Ya know, with Brad Pitt? Well, it has been a very, very long time since I watched that movie. And I had been recommended this book several times since then. I decided to read it… and I’m so glad that I did! I remember nothing about the movie, which I think is what helped me love this book so much. It’s a pretty short novel, but it packs quite the punch. Fight Club is on many Goodreads lists, but the list that is most fitting for this one is “Best Plot Twist”. Yes… you will NOT see this twist coming, I promise you. (Unless, of course, you’ve seen the movie. Which doesn’t count!!) I was so shocked by how awesome this standalone novel was, and I highly recommend!

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Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere

Susan @ Susan Loves Books // Beth @ Reading Every Night // Didi @ Didi Oviatt // Kaytlyn @ The Bohemian Bookworm // Beware of the Reader // Sydney @ Fictional Boyfriends // Jasmine @ How Useful It Is // Nicki @ The Secret Library // Lois @ Lois Reads Books // Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. // Azia @ The Uncharted Word // Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo // Dog Eared Book Site


Have you read this book? What are some standalone novels you would recommend? If you want to participate in this feature, link up your post in the comments and I’ll add you up top!

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65 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday // Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

  1. I love this idea! I don’t read enough stand alone novels. I’ll join in next week 🙂
    I’ve been meaning to read Fight Club too but I watched the movie about 2 months ago and I think I would enjoy it more if I forget the movie first. Palahniuk has other great books for me to take a peep at while I wait.
    Great post, Megan!

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    1. Thanks, Elaine! I hope you do decide to join in next week! I love seeing all the awesome standalone recommendations from everyone. Yeah, I think forgetting the movie first would be a good idea! Or else the plot twist wouldn’t be as shocking. It’s a great book, really! But I haven’t read anything else by him, unbelievably. I will have to do that soon!

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  2. Hi Megan.
    I read ‘Fight Club’ long ago. I loved it, and the twist got me.
    Then,
    it was announced that this would be made into a movie.
    No! You will screw it up! There is no way you can properly make this into a movie.
    But,
    I was wrong. The movie stands on its own, apart from the novel.

    I have read one other Pahluniak novel: ‘Choke’. It has similar mental health issues.

    My stand-alone reccomendation… Neal Stephensons ‘Anathem’.

    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky.

    P.S. The first rule about fight club is that you don’t talk about fight club!

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  3. Ohh great pick for this week Megan. I only actually realised recently that Fight Club was a book before it was a film, god was that a surprise when I discovered it, but it was great you enjoyed it so much. I guess having read it a long time after seeing the film probably helped.
    I love the sound of the big twist at the end. I haven’t seen the film or read the book so if I ever decide to pick this one up I’ll definitely be surprised by it! 😀

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    1. Yes! Absolutely read the book first! Such a twist! And I know how you feel. I just recently discovered that Forrest Gump was a book before it was a movie. All these years, it’s been one of my favorite films and I never knew it was a book first. Crazy!!

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      1. I always try and read the book before seeing the film, guess not knowing Fight Club was a book but not having an interest in seeing the film kind of saved me there.
        Really? Forrest Gump’s a book as well? There’s something else I wasn’t aware of!

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  4. Oooh I will have to have a look at reading this one, because I have always loved the movie. I’m glad you liked it! P.s – sorry I haven’t done any standalone Sundays for a while, I actually haven’t read any standalones for aaaages but I am going to be reading a few over the next few weeks hopefully 🙂

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    1. If you get a chance to read this one, let me know! And don’t worry about not posting. It’s alright, I understand. Buuut, just in case you’re wondering… you can always post standalone books you WANT to read. They don’t have to be books you’ve already read. 😊 Just an FYI ❤

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  5. Fight Club is one of those cult classics I have always wanted to read & watch but haven’t for some reason gotten round to it. I def want to read the book before watching the movie, Great pick Megan! 🙂

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  6. I’ve had this book on my TBR for years! Funny enough I’ve never seen the movie and refuse to watch it because I haven’t read the book. I actually have a lot Chuck Palahniuk’s books on my TBR and this one along with one other that I can’t remember the name of off the top of my head are ones that I really want to read. Your rec just reminded about that and the fact that I need to make time for them. Great pick, Megan!! 😁

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  7. Great choice for this week Megan! 🙂 (Or rather last week, since I’m writing this late…) I have heard amazing things about Fight Club, the book I mean. I have watched the movie ages ago and I don’t really remember that much of it. I should probably pick up the book some time in the future, it does sound amazing and I think I would enjoy it.

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  8. I really need to get reading this book and watching the movie. I have heard so many great things. The fact that there is a plot twist has me very intrigued. I love a great plot twist! Thanks for sharing this one. 🙂

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  9. oooh. I loved this book. It was better than the movie, which was also great. I only read one other thing by Palahniuk and didn’t like it nearly as much, but I would definitely be willing to give him another go if anyone has read anything else by him that they liked a lot.

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  10. I intend to read this one too and have a copy on my shelf already – I don’t usually read the book after I’ve watched the film, but like you, it’s been a while since I saw it so hopefully it will be okay – although I’m sure I’ll have the entire cast running through my head whilst I’m reading.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I think it’ll be ok, if it’s been a while. You definitely should read it! And that’s alright if the cast is running through your head while reading. (Happens to me a lot! Lol. Especially while rereading Harry Potter.) 😂

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