Standalone Sundays

Standalone Sunday | January 15th

Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!

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As I mentioned before, I’m going to have to resort to the classics, as I am quickly running out of standalones that have been published in the last two to three decades. So, for today’s standalone, I recommend:

There Will Come Soft Rains | Ray Bradbury

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Goodreads Synopsis

“The story concerns a household in Allendale, California, in the aftermath of a nuclear war.”


This is actually a short story, one that I read back in the seventh grade. I’ve reread There Will Come Soft Rains several times since then, not because I was instructed to, but because I am in love with this darkly captivating story. Bradbury creates a haunting and melancholic atmosphere through subtle details that are used to describe the house and its robotic inhabitants. Following a devastating nuclear war (inspired by the fears of the Cold War) that has crippled humanity and damaged the earth, the house continues on with its duties despite the absence of its owners. With its emphasis on the state of humanity and acts of terror, the story remains relevant today. And because of this, There Will Come Soft Rains holds the power to stay in your mind for a long time.

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8 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | January 15th

    1. Oh I haven’t read that one! But I’ll definitely pick it up. And I think you really would. It’s a great short story that seemed to appeal to my entire class, even though a few of them don’t really read stories like it 😀

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  1. Wow this sounds like an amazing book Azia, especially considering you read it first in seventh grade and then went back and re-read it a couple of times afterwards. I can’t think of any books I read during high school as required reading that I then went back to and re-read of my own free will. I was never much of a fan of classics and honestly there haven’t been any books I’ve read that have stayed with me like this one has with you. It sounds like a beautiful story as well! 🙂 ❤

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