What are the best stand-alone books?

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    #1The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Ethan Gonzalez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Book Thief is an excellent adventure and drama book for young adults. It is around the era of WWII and focuses on a young girl. The setting, and the narrative are excellent. You will enjoy it if you like suspense and exciting, yet worrying situations."
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    #2Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Phillip Ferguson
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I like to read books and one of the things that I like the most is a novel that you can pick up and read without knowing anything about it in the first place. I read Pride and Prejudice without knowing anything about it and I can easily say that it s a good stand-alone book that you can read."
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    #3Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Roger Schmidt
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This story of an orphaned young woman will pull anyone with a sense of empathy in and you wont be able to put the book down. It was really moving, without giving anything away I can't really say anymore. Read this soon, I promise you won't be disappointed."
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    #4The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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    Stephen Bailey
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "The link is to the product page on Amazon for the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The book is available in Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle versions."
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    #5Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Debra Ferguson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book. It has a great story. It is very thought provoking."
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    #6To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Willie Munoz
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I feel like everyone either knows this book by name or has read it. If it isn't the latter, then what are you waiting for? It's referenced so often and acclaimed for a reason!"
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    #7The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Divya Das
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is an absolute classic, all on its own. No sequels, prequels, or anything needed. It's one and done and it's done right. "
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    #8The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.

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    Anthony Snyder
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is an amazing look into housekeeping life of an African American woman in the 1960s. It is so good that it's been adapted into an acclaimed film that rates 8.1 on imdb."
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    #9The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Kathy Robertson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Beautifully written book, with a depth of characters that will stay with the reader for long after. For a stand-alone book this one carries the weight of much longer stories."
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    #10Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Nathan Hoffman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book 1984 was a great read and I highly recommend those who haven't read it yet to give it a try. An interesting look into an alternate reality that seems to become ever more true in society as technology continues to advance. "
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    #12The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Julio César Cisneros
    Written on April 26, 2018
    ""The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a great book for my nephew who is a teen. There were plenty of lessons that I absorbed, even as an adult. One really feels like Charlie through these interesting tales."
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    #13The Scorpio Races

    The Scorpio Races
    The Scorpio Races is a novel by Maggie Stiefvater. It tells the story of the annual Scorpio Races between water horses. The reigning champion, Sean Kendrick, goes head to head with the first girl to ever join, Puck Connolly.

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    Bruce Wong
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "If you love horses and fantasy then this is the books for you. The Scorpio Races is a fantasticly fast paced , wonderful book. I loved the whole book beginning to end. I can't recommend this enough."
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    #14The Night Circus

    The Night Circus
    The Night Circus is a young adult fantasy novel written by Erin Morgenstern. It is about the Night Circus, a nightly place of entertainment that is actually a competition for magicians in which only one can stay standing.

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    Russell Gardner
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A unique page turner, that has someone for any type of book lover. The Night Circus is part history novel, part romantic novel, and filled from cover to cover with mystery. The numerous scenes of magic and illusion will have you spellbound and captivated. This read truly is a 5 out of 5 and Amazon has the cheapest and quickest way to obtain this book. "
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    #15After Forever Ends

    After Forever Ends

    After Forever Ends by Melodie Ramone is a chick lit about women's coming to age and reliving life lessons and love. Go for a one-sitting read with this book but better be prepared with a box of tissue for fallen tears caused by imagination.


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    Gary Taylor
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you really would like a good emotional afternoon with a book, this may be one you are looking for as it hits many points for many readers. It is a coming of age story. It is a book about life lessons. It is a book that will leave you with an emotional tie for the rest of the afternoon and weekend. I would recommend it for people looking to be tugged at the heart strings."
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    Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.


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    Pamela Mason
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I iterate that Speak is a must read. I would like all to experience why Speak is the best stand-alone book. I think Speak to all teen and adult."
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    #17The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones
    Susie is a 14 years old girl who has the chance of seeing how life goes on after she dies: she is able to see how everyone copes with her loss, how her family still has hopes of finding her despite being already dead and how the man who raped and killed her continues his life.

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    Terry Johnston
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book about about a young girl who gets a chance to see how her life continues after her death. I like the way this author narrates this story and how she tries to make the reader see the events from the victims own point of view. I highly recommend this book. "


Best What are the best stand-alone books
1The Book ThiefBooks 46 Paid
2Pride and PrejudiceBooks 43 Paid
3Jane EyreBooks 40 Paid
4The Kite RunnerBooks 39 Paid
5Life of PiBooks 36 Paid
6To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 34 Paid
7The Great GatsbyBooks 33 Paid
8The HelpBooks 31 Paid
9The Fault in Our StarsBooks 30 Paid
10Lord of the FliesBooks 28 Paid

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