Sunday By My Shelf: Standalones

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Sunday By My Shelf! This is a bookish meme that was started by Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles. The purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. It is bi-weekly, with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here!

This week, the books I’ll be talking about are all standalones that are collecting dust on my bookshelf. All of these books are ones that I can’t wait to get to, but have been left behind in the rush of new books. I’m hoping to make room for them on my bedside table TBR soon!


#1. The Nobody People by Bob Proehl

I bought this book because it was blurbed by one of my favorite authors, Seanan McGuire. The fact that it sounds like a modern day X-men (in a fashion) didn’t hurt, either! I really do want to pick this one up soon. It just sounds like it would be a wild ride with lots of moral ambiguity. And if it’s suggested by one of my favorite writers, I have to give it a chance, right? Right!

#2. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Speaking of Seanan McGuire, I bought this book at the same time as I bought The Nobody People. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages! I’m a huge fan of McGuire’s Wayward Children series, so I’m excited to try her adult fantasy. Funnily enough, it has a similar superpower theme as the previous book, though the setting is vastly different. I’m excited to give this one a go and I’m planning on reading it soon. Hopefully 😬

#3. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I got hit hard by the hype train with this book. So many people were talking about this book last year and I just had to know why! I also decided to give romances a go at the end of last year. The ones I’ve tried so far (Well Met, Get a Life Chloe Brown, and The Unhoneymooners) have been a fun experience so I can’t wait to pick this one up! I’m hoping I do end up loving it. Jumping on the hype train hasn’t always worked in my favor, lol.

#4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is another book that was added to my physical TBR almost solely because of hype. I will say that I have read Daisy Jones & the Six and really loved it! That definitely makes me more eager to finally pick this one up. The story of an aged actress telling her life story to a young reporter really gives me The Thirteenth Tale vibes, as well. I’m looking forward to learning about the life and loves of Evelyn Hugo.

#5. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This book was one I picked up on a complete whim. A female led epic fantasy with dragons? Yes, please! I’m not gonna lie, the cover totally sucked me in, as well. But she is THICC and kind of intimidating. And it’s not every day that you get a standalone epic fantasy story, so I’m extra intrigued. The length is mostly why I haven’t picked this beautiful book up as of yet. I will read it one day, though! I am determined to give this one a shot.

#6. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’ve had this book on my shelves for awhile, but it’s most recently moved far up on the TBR. I recently finished both The Poet X and Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and absolutely LOVED them! Now I want to pick up this novel more than I did before. Acevedo has a beautiful way with words in verse and I’m sure it will carry through to traditional prose. And just look at that beautiful cover 😍 How could I not want to read that?


Do you have any standalones on your shelf that you’ve yet to read? Have you read any of the ones I listed? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

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2 thoughts on “Sunday By My Shelf: Standalones

  1. Do I? Almost all of the books on my shelves (real and virtual) are stand alone books – including the Taylor Jenkins Reid book – which I’ll be reading after I finish The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek that I started today!

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