Top Ten Tuesday: Books with One Word Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books With Single-Word Titles. As someone who works in a library, I hate books with single-word titles because it’s difficult to locate the correct book for someone. I’ve also noticed a lot of series in which all the books have one word titles, so I’ve included both below.

Books with one word titles

Emma by Jane Austen: This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels and it’s because Emma is so great.

Bamboozled by David Legge: My favorite picture book ever and one of the most valuable books I own just because of the memories associated with it.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: I love this YA contemporary retelling of Cinderella. It’s so fun.

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda: One of my favorite reads of 2019. I need more dragon books.

Holes by Louis Sachar: A favorite childhood book. Don’t even ask me how many times I’ve read this book because it’s probably embarrassingly high.

Series with one word titles

DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul: DragonSpell, DragonQuest, DragonKnight, DragonFire, DragonLight are easier one word titles to find because they’re unique even though they are a single word.

The Circle Series by Ted Dekker: Black, Red, White, and Green (though do we even count Green?) are the names of the books and the color of The Circle symbol from the book. I love it. Dekker has quite a few books with single-word titles.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: Not counting the extra books, The Lunar Chronicles all have one word titles that also correspond with character names: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter.

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: Like the Dragonkeeper Chronicles, some of these titles despite being one word are easy to find like Eragon or Brisingr. Others, like Eldest and Inheritance, are not.

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: These titles are unique and fit so well with the events of the story even though I think they’re made up words. Whatever: Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio.

What books or series do you like that start with one word titles? Don’t forget to join the link-up!



12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with One Word Titles

  1. There really are a lot of series where the titles are all one word! It’s really rather impressive that the authors could do that and still keep the titles relevant to the stories.

    Side note, I just bought Illuminae, so I’ll shortly be able to figure out what everyone’s been talking about with that book.

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    • It is! Even though it was a TV show, they did it with Smallville and I remember thinking that was insane because of how many episodes/seasons the show had.

      Ahhh… Illuminae is interesting. I’m curious to know what you think of the formatting.


      • Smallville all had one word episode names? Oh weird.

        I’ve heard so many things about it that I decided it was finally time to try it for myself. I had to pick up a paper copy, though, I can’t imagine listening to this one on audio. Too many visual things on the pages.

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      • Yep! Every episode name for Smallville is one word except for the two-hour special about the JSA, which was called “Absolute Justice” but since it was two-hours, it sorta still counts. (I don’t know why I know this. XD)

        I know people who have listened to it and it baffled me. I might try the audiobook as a reread just to know how it explains some of the diagrams and such.

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