Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Why I Love Wednesdays...Stand Alone Novels

Reflections of a Bookaholic

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Stand-Alone Novel

Why I Love...

Ooopseey!  Sorry for the late WILW post!  I forgot that I hadn't prescheduled one.  Well let's get on with it shall we?  Now I love a good series like the next reader.  It can be so hard to let go of your characters and it is lovely not to have a romance rushed and adventures over.  BUT a good stand alone novel is worth so much to me!  Authors who can write a great stand-alone novel really stands out to me.  It is not an easy task.  The story has to hook the reader like any other but it also has to tell the story and wrap everything up in a satisfying way.  No cliffhangers for the stand-alone novel.  Pacing has to be perfect.  Connections to characters must be fast.  The story can't be underdeveloped or incomplete but there is no room for too many details.  Oh it just seems oh so difficult to me.

My favorites?  Oh I have a couple...

*I count Gone With the Wind as a stand-alone since the sequel isn't written by the same author*

There are sooo many series out right now, so it can be hard to even remember which books are stand-alone novels.

P.S.  We are going without the linky again this week BUT it will be back next week.

P.P.S. I'm a little off kilter as I've had a death in the family recently and things are kind of crazy.  Please bear with me as I try to return to my schedule, comments, and visits.  I'm quite a bit...

Which Stand Alone book do you love? Feel free to create your own post and link up.  Don't want to create an entire post?  Tell me your favorites in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by for another week of Why I Love Wednesdays!!

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  1. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Alexis. *hugs*

    I agree with you on stand-alones. If done right, they can have a pretty powerful impact on the reader and be quite memorable.

    1. I definitely think it is harder to have that impact in a standalone but when it is done, it is awesome.

  2. I love stand alones too!I like that the story is contained within one book.

  3. I didn't read your PPS til just now. Sorry for your loss :(

  4. I love a good stand alone too.
    That's what sorta makes me sad about The Host. On one hand I love it as a strong stand alone but on the other hand I'm excited that the story will go on.
    Sarah Addison Allen always does amazing stand alones.

    1. I didn't know that The Host was going to be a series. I agree that Sarah Addison Allen has great stand alones.

  5. I love stand alone novels and I have read so many good ones.
    Here is my link

    Many hugs and much love to you and your family.

  6. Oh! I love Stand Alones! I don't think we see enough of them. I like the idea of a story being wrapped up in one single volume :D


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