Top Ten Tuesday: Single Word Titles

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Remember in 2010-13 when every book seemed to have a one-word title?

Seriously. From Divergent to Cinder to Vicious to Legend to Scarlet to…I can keep going forever, I swear. And I liked the trend! Most of the titles chosen were pretty cool…well, aside from the Divergent series, which kinda felt like SAT exercise prep. Being years removed from high school and therefore the SATs, all I can say to that is nope.

Now the trend seems to be NOUN of NOUN and NOUN, which can be beautiful but also confusing, particularly when you have titles that are incredibly similar. Children of Blood and Bone or Islands, Court of Thorns and Roses, Song of Blood and Stone, Islands of Blood and Storm (series), Isle of Blood and Stone—lemme tell you there are lots of things with Blood, Stones and Bones and I am confused.

So here are my recently read favorites or most anticipated recent titles that only have one word. And no, the does count!


I feel like I’ve talked about some of these a lot, but they’d definitely been favorites of mine for quite some time! And yes, that’s a pretty varied list, because #moodreaderlife.

While most of these are pretty popular, I really, really need more people to read Mordacious and Torn so that the Goodreads algorithm adjusts and I don’t have to remember author names when searching!


I’m so excited to read all of these, and all for different reasons!

Parachutes and Winterwood are by two authors whose books I loved before—Kelly Yang and Shea Ernshaw. While I’m a little hesitant by any summary that has the word boy more than well, once, I’m intrigued because damn can she build an atmospheric world.

Finna, Docile and Goldilocks were chosen because their summaries sound really neat, and 2/3 are being published by, who has been fucking amazing. Finna has queer, multi-dimensional swashbuckling, and really, do you need anything more than that? Unless you want queer, anti-capitalist greed is good but not really m/m BDSM (the author is trans), in which case Docile is going to kill me. Goldilocks is space exploration, climate change and an all-woman crew who steals their ship back and take to the sky!

Wranglestone because 1) zombies and 2) gay relationship and 3) finally. Zombie herding.

Elatsoe sounds fascinating because it’s published by an Indigenous author and because the magic system sounds really fantastic, even though that cover is a little ehh. And speaking of the reverse: coming in with fantastic cover with a generic-sounding premise is Shielded. I nearly passed it up except for the comp title to Tamora Pierce, and I don’t feel like I hear her as a comp all that often anymore, which is depressing because she’s one of my favorite writers, and the woman who really set the stage for a lot of YA fantasy.

What one word titles are you excited about?

7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Single Word Titles

      1. I completely understand the reaction to Docile… the writing is amazing but the story is so uncomfortable.
        And thank you !!! Hopefully I’ll get to read them soon…

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