#TopTenTuesday: Single-word Titles

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: 

Books With Single-Word Titles


Books have such long titles (and subtitles) these days, don’t they? So it’s kind of refreshing to figure out what books have single-word titles. These are books that I have read in 2019.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

A fascinating YA book about Jam, a young girl who meets Pet, a beast that emerges from her mother’s painting. Pet has come to hunt a monster, something that lurks in Jam’s friend’s house.


Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

I loved this one that’s set in 1970s Uruguay, when a dictatorship has crushed the freedom of its people, and features five women who find a place to be themselves when they holiday in a remote seaside village.

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä (Illustrator)

Comics time! This one is set in 1970s Detroit and Abbott is a black female reporter investigating crimes that seem to be the work of supernatural forces.

Skim by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

I am a big fan of the Tamaki cousins’ work! Skim is the nickname of a Japanese-Canadian schoolgirl at an all-girls school.

Edinburgh by Alexander Chee

Here’s my review of this book


Internment by Samira Ahmed

Ugh. Well my ugh is for the premise of this book, as it is set in the near-future, where Muslim Americans are forced into an internment camp.



Lu (Track #4) by Jason Reynolds

Oh I love this YA series that revolves around members of a track team. Reynolds is a master storyteller and I want to read everything he writes. Actually, all the titles in the series are one-word titles: Ghost; Patina; Sunny but this was the latest one of this I had read.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

It was an absolute delight listening to her narrate the audiobook!


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.





  1. I DNF Internment for the same reason it makes you go “ugh.” It was a fabulous story, it just hit too close to home. ( While I’m caucasian, I have multiple relatives whose race and religion makes them prime targets for the current U.S. administration’s policies. Ugh.)


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