Happy Sunday, friends!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all the positive feedback about my blog design change. I was so nervous about it, but you all have made me feel like it was the right decision. So, thank you again! Since I made the changes to my blog, I had to upgrade some of the images I was using. So I made some new Standalone Sunday images. I hope you guys like them! (I like them a lot better than the others, personally!) Feel free to use these new images or the old ones, whichever ones you want!
Alright… it’s getting late. So let’s get into the standalone recommendations for this week, shall we?
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.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
This week, I chose a book that I haven’t read yet… but I really want to! I came across Exit West on Goodreads a couple weeks ago, and the cover grabbed my attention. After reading the synopsis, the deal was sealed. This will hopefully be one of the next standalone novels I read. Not only does it sound super intriguing, but this is also an #ownvoices novel, I believe, and I’m really anxious to finally be able to open its pages!
Standalone Posts Around the Blogosphere
Didi @ Didi Oviatt // Beth @ Reading Every Night // Lara @ The Book Heathen // Nicki @ The Secret Library // Susan @ Susan Loves Books // Krysti @ YA and Wine // Lois @ Lois Reads Books // Emma @ A Dreamer’s Library // Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books
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!