Tuesday, March 3, 2020

TTT: An Alphabet of One Word Titles


 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: books with one-word titles.

I found a TON of book for this (see below), even when I set arbitrary rules like "A" and "The" count as words and subtitles count as words too, unless it's "volume one" or such.  I thought about finding the 10 least-known books to highlight, or just sharing my favorites, then I finally decided to choose one for each letter of the alphabet, which is a few more than ten, but we'll all survive my wild refusal to follow the rules. Maybe TTT stands for Top Twenty-six Titles, who knows?

Of course, then I had to go BACK to Goodreads to find books I read longer ago that would qualify for Q, W, X, and Y. I have no single-word titles that start with Q or X, so I dug around and found some on my TBR. Phew! 

Then I added a one sentence comment for each, since that actually seemed easier than getting pictures of all the covers. 


  • Autoboyography Gay Californian transplant meets closeted Mormon.
  • Birthday Terrific story of transitioning, friendship,  and love.
  • Chomp My daughter's favorite in fifth grade, "Florida man" mystery shenanigans for middle grade.
  • Digger The best graphic novel series about a wombat ever.
  • Educated Gritty memoir of growing up without school, medicine, or government.
  • Fireborne Cybils winning Spec Fic novel with dragons.
  • Ghost Jason Reynolds takes on middle grade with books about a track team.
  • Heroine Harrowing story of addiction that avoids "Movie of the Week" shallowness.
  • Inkling A sentient ink blot, because why not?
  • Jackaroo I love this 90s swashbuckling fantasy way more than Jackaby.
  • Kingdom Very British graphic novel about a bored teen spending a boring week at the beach.
  • Lizzie Borden took an axe...
  • Mockingbird Middle grade book about a girl on the autism spectrum. 
  • Noggin Teen gets a whole body transplant after his head's been frozen for five years, and now all his friends are adults.
  • Oddity A quirky town with many secrets.
  • Pet You can wipe out all the monsters, and humans will just keep becoming monstrous.
  • Quiver According to Goodreads, it's about the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars.
  • Release Patrick Ness's small town novel that was inspired by Mrs. Dalloway and Forever, two titles that have probably never been considered for a mash-up before. 
  • Spin Tragically under-read YA mystery in which two enemies band together to solve the murder of their common friend.
  • Thunderhead The middle book in the Scythe series, which you can now all read because the third book is out so you won't have to suffer through 8 months of that cliffhanger like I did.
  • Unsheltered Two time periods, one setting.
  • Vicious Anti-heroes like only V. E Schwab can write them. 
  • Wrecked A campus sexual assault--at my alma mater. 
  • X One of the few Kinsey Milhone novels I haven't read yet. 
  • Yo! Julia Alvarez returns to the García girls in this semi-autobiographical novel.
  • Zenobia Horribly sad Danish grahpic novel about a Syrian refugee child.

And if that wasn't enough for you...


Behold, seventy-six one-word titles, culled from the last 500 books I've read.

Americanah
Autoboyography
Birthday
Bloom
Bolivar
Booked
Brave
Brave
Breakout
Bunnybear
Calvin
Chomp
Columbine
Crush
Defiance
Digger
Dreamers
Dry
Educated
Fireborne
Ghost 
Ghosts
Guts
Heroine
Illuminae
Infandous
Inkling
Internment
Jackaby
Kingdom
Knockout
Legend
Lizzie
Lockdown
Love
Lovely
March
Mockingbird
Noggin
Oddity
Pax
Peanut
Pet
Pride
Puddin’
Rebound
Refugee
Release
Resistance

Restart
Round
Rules
Sadie
Saga
Sekret
Sheets
Shine
SHOUT
Sidekicks (Santat)
Slayer
Sold
Solo
Someday
Spin
Spinning
Starflight
Stepsister
Stotan!
Swing
Thunderhead
Tight
Touch
Tradition
Unsheltered
Vicious
Victory
Zenobia


7 comments:

  1. WOW! Great post, great take on the theme.

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  2. Wow! It seems I am drawn to books with multi word titles, because I had a hard time with this one, but I eventually found ten from the past year. I didn't go back that far, but Autoboyography is a favorite. I love the name too, because it has some meaning to the story.

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  3. Mockingbird was such a good book. And, wow, you came up with a lot of responses to this prompt!

    My TTT .

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  4. That's a fun list - so many are quirky and unusual.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  5. Oh my goodness. I love it that you were able to come up with a title for all the letters of the alphabet. And, wow, that's a lot of one-word titles.

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  6. There are so many good and evocative one word titles out there!

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  7. What a list! I have only read Educated and Vicious from your original list of 26. I appreciate the much longer list, too! I'm impressed you've read so many one-word book titles. There are more of them in my Read list than I expected, as well. It was a fun adventure to make my own list.

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