Standalone Sunday // Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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.

exitwestExit 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!


56 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday // Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

  1. Love the design changes Megan! I’m really curious about Exit West. I listened to The Book Review podcast by the NY times and this author was on talking about his book so I added it to my TBR. I’d like to read some reviews first though

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    1. I hadn’t heard of it either until a couple weeks ago! I can’t believe I haven’t seen it around the book community more. But then again, it was just released, so maybe that’s why. Dunno, but it does sound interesting! Hope you get to try it out 🙂

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  2. First, I love your new blog design! It’s been a few days since I last blog hopped so I hadn’t seen it yet but it’s gorgeous 😍. Second, I am really liking the sound of this book. Any time a book has a synopsis that talks about doors to a different world I automatically want to read it. So I am definitely adding this to my TBR. Great pick, Megan!! 😊♥

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! You have no idea how happy I am that you guys are all saying you like it. So I hope y’all ain’t just telling me that to make me feel better! 😂 Just kidding. Anywho… yes, I hope you read the book and love it! I’ll be reading it this week! I’ll let you know how it goes 😊

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      1. You’re welcome!! And definitely not just saying that. It really does look great. 😊 It seems like everyone is tinkering with their blog designs lately and it’s making me want to do the same lol.
        I hope so too and I hope you end up enjoying it. Definitely let me know how it goes. 😁

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      2. I most likely will in the future. There’s this one theme that I’ve been eyeing since last year but it isn’t a free one. Maybe once I can make the switch to a premium account. And I agree change can definitely be good sometimes! 😊

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      3. Guess what? I paid for premium account, thinking I’d get more variety of themes for free. NOPE. You STILL have to pay for the themes that cost money. It’s ridiculous and I’m so upset and let down by their subscription that I’m not renewing at the end of my year. It’s pointless. I paid $100 for a couple new fonts (that aren’t even that cute) and that’s about it.

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      4. Yeah, it does suck and they make you believe it’s a lot better, and it’s definitely disappointing. Oh, yeah, I forgot I also got the domain out of it and dropped the WordPress. So pretty much you’re just paying for the domain and a couple extra fonts. To some people, having your own domain might be worth it, though.

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      5. There might be… I honestly have no idea. But if there is, I’d go with that… versus getting ripped off getting the premium version. (PS: I don’t know much about self hosting, but I’m interested in it, so I’m looking into it more. I’ll let ya know if I find out anything worth knowing. 😂)

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  3. I’m so excited that you’re going to read Exit West! When you get around to reading it let me know how you liked it if you get a chance. I was planning to read this to do a review for recent releases but I haven’t gotten around to this novel yet. Happy Reading!

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  4. This sounds like a really interesting book Megan, and the cover definitely grabbed my attention as well, so this is one I’ll be adding to my to-read list as well.
    Also I love your idea of not only picking standalones you have read but ones still on your to-read list. I may have to do this myself because I’m going to start running out of standalone books I’ve loved and read soon! 🙂
    Great pick for this week as well. 😀 ❤

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    1. It does sound like such an interesting book! Hopefully we both can try it soon 😊 And yeah, absolutely feel free to feature books you want to read! Not only books you’ve read already. I haven’t ran out of “read” standalones yet, but I really just wanted to spread the word of this book this week!! 😂

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      1. Hopefully we’ll both really enjoy it as well.
        Oh I still have a few standalones I have read, and I read more all the time, but there are a few out there I haven’t gotten around to yet that I’d like to spread the word about because they sound amazing! 😀

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