10 Books With One-Word Titles #TopTenTuesday #booktwitter #bookblogger

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books I’ve read with one-word titles. I love the punch of one-word titles! At first, I didn’t think I had ten, and then as I investigated my GoodReads “read” shelf, I discovered I have an abundance of titles! These are ten of my favorite books with ONE-word titles and my ONE-sentence or ONE-phrase reviews.

Titles are links to my reviews or Amazon affiliate links.

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books With One-Word Titles.

(In no particular order)

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (cover) Image:

Introspective and reflective.

(The first in a loosely connected series in which the others have one-word titles as well: Home, Lila, and Jack.)

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (cover) Image: head shot of a young boy wearing a felt hat and a large feather lies horizontally across his eyes

Poignant and emotional character-driven historical fiction.

Exiles by Jane Harper

Exiles by Jane Harper (cover)i Image:

Slow burn and atmospheric mystery set in Australia.
(The third in the loosely connected Aaron Falk series)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi cover (yellow background with red and blue and black designs)

Unputdownable, complex, and ambitious multigenerational saga.

Maureen by Rachel Joyce

Maureen by Rachel Joyce (cover)

Poignant character study.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Compelling escape and heartfelt restoration.

Open by Andre Agassi

Open by Andre Agassi (cover) Image: a head shot of Andre Agassi

Sports celebrity searches for the meaning of life.

Foster by Claire Keegan

(short story)

Foster by Claire Keegan (cover)


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Alacio

Bravery, friendship, and acceptance.

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee by Alan Gratz (cover) a boy with his back to the camera in the hull of a small red boat on a stormy ocean)

Escape from a family perspective.


Beartown by Fredrik Backman

(Oops! I just realized that I forgot Beartown, so I’m editing this post to include it!)

Beartown by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a small town set against the mountains and kids playing hockey in the foreground

#1 in Backman’s Beartown trilogy. Compelling literary fiction.


Do you have a favorite one-word title?

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  1. Loved Hamnet of course! I couldn’t have included Maureen by Rachel Fry in my list as over here it’s called Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North!

      • I chose books on my TBR, because I knew I would miss so many good ones and Beartown is definitely one that should be on my Read List.

  2. I’ve read Gilead (not my taste) and Wonder, and another book by Fredrik Backman and Rachel Joyce, so those are quite a few we have in common, other than that, nope, none of the books but some of them sound very interesting. And, of course, I know Andre Agassi,

    My TTT this week.

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