BEST Stand-Alone Novels

I love to go to the bookstore, pick a book at random, read the back cover, and take it home. The only problem? When I get to the last page and it says, "To be continued," or it ends on a cliffhanger and upon a GoodReads search, I find that it is one of a four book series. (Or worse, discovering that I have just bought the sequel and need to find book one!) Chances are, the book was originally on a "reduced to sell" cart, and finding these sequels, if I am in fact interested enough, will mean searching all over the internet, waiting a month for delivery, reading something different in between, and then not caring anymore to read the sequel when it shows up. So I want to ask, what are some of the best stand-alone novels? I will add my favourites and I invite you to do the same so we can create an awesome list of quick reads for each other!
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66 books · 19 voters · list created October 13th, 2016 by Julia (votes) .
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Julia 230 books
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7 friends
Yulia 85 books
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Bella 42 books
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Rachel 117 books
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Johnny 37 books
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CJ 90 books
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message 1: by Terrence (new)

Terrence Added some of my favorites, new and old. Jerusalem isn't exactly a quick read though.

Nijigahara is an amazing, mature, contemplative, one off comic / manga / graphic novel.


message 2: by Julia (new)

Julia Wow, I just made this list yesterday, and now I'm like: "PEOPLE ACTUALLY ADDED TO IT."


message 3: by Nicholas (new)

Nicholas Whittemore I added some of my favorites as well. I'm kind of in the same boat as Terrence with having a couple semi-lengthy additions, but I genuinely believe that these are all deserving of being on the list.

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