Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Standout Singles

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is...

Standout Singles!

This is one of those topics, which I thought would be simple, but it wasn't. Apparently, I do not read many books with single word titles. I have to say, I do admire authors, who are able to boil their book down to one word, and really have it fit. Maybe that's why I don't have too many single word titles on my read shelf. Because of that, I had to go back further than I normally do, but I was able to find some great books with succinct titles to share with you this week.
  • Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks, Ted Caplan - Since the story was about a girl's quest to get an abortion, and thus, be unpregnant, the book was well titled. 
  • Rebel by Marie Lu - Every book in this series is a single word, and Rebel captures, who Eden is in this book. 
  • Scammed by Kristen Simmons - I have to commend Simmons on the name of this book. It was quite appropriate, as just about every character got scammed at some point.
  • Gravity by Sarah Deming - Gravity was the main character's name, but it also described her, or rather the way people were drawn to her, as well as the weight of her life situation. 
  • Jackpot by Nic Stone - I thought these characters hit the jackpot, when fate brought them together, but there is a literal jackpot involved as well. So, good name. 
  • Squashed by Joan Bauer - A book about a girl raising an award winning pumpkin, and it won my heart. I guess it could describe Ellie's state too, as she fell in love for the first time. 
  • Golden by Jessi Kirby - The cover has that famous quote, "nothing gold can stay", and this was about uncovering the truth about a local golden couple, but it's also about endings and beginnings. 
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone - It was fantastic seeing Aubree getting lost in her summer job, and finding herself along the way. 
  • Unleaving by Melissa Ostrom - The main character in this book had fled school, trying to recover after she was sexually assaulted, and her courage to return to campus with her head held high. 
  • Dig by A.S. King - There is literal and symbolic digging in this book, and it's quite powerful, as King's books tend to be. 

Favorite single word titled book?
Let us know in the comments!

56 comments:

  1. These are all such gorgeous covers, but I have to say: Unleaving, with the cover and what it's about jsut sticks with me the most. I think it's pretty powerful.

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  2. One word titles are a rarity these days! Rebel is one that I adored as well. My eye is drawn to Squashed and that amazing synopsis. I will have to add it to my list. :)

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    1. Right. I feel like some titles are like a novel themselves. I randomly picked Squashed for a reading challenge, and I simply adored it. It was such a sweet story.

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  3. Golden was a good title, and I love the way the colors on the cover play into it.

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    1. Definitely a smart choice by the cover designer to keep that golden theme going

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  4. Golden & Wanderlost! <3 Those two books are two of my favorite contemporaries!

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    1. They really were wonderful books. Very different from each other, but equally as great

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  5. Don't some of these have the best covers? I love them and I see some favs in here so yay for that as well!

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    1. I am a cover-ho, so tend to gravitate to books with pretty covers

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  6. I skipped this topic because it was way harder than I thought. I recently added Dig to my TBR list because it’s been winning awards.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It was hard. I read books with long titles! Dig was so good. All King's books are wonderfully weird and thought provoking. Dig did its job and had me feeling a little uncomfortable, because she took and in your face approach to some current topics

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  7. Two weeks in a row where I’ve not read a single book you’ve shared? What is happening? My world is rocked. :) I’ve seen so many raves for Dig. It seems like King has a pretty devoted following.

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    1. What's going on here, Tanya! King's books are odd, but so powerful. I am a huge fan, which would surprise some, because her books are far from the fluff I usually gravitate to

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  8. I've only heard of a couple of these. Unpregnant is one that caught my eye though. It sounds like it would be an interesting and uncommon read.

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    1. I wasn't sure about Unpregnant, because of my thoughts on the topic and religion, but I ended up liking it very much.

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  9. i've been enjoying seeing what people have shared about one word title. great list
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Same. Especially because I found so few single word titles on my read shelf.

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  10. Interesting to see a book called Unpregnant and one called Unleaving. It's amazing that some authors can have a book title that's just one word and it works so well.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Do you know I didn't realize that until you just pointed it out? The addition of the "un" really fit both stories though

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  11. Ooh nice picks! I still need to read Rebel! Loved that series!

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    1. I am so glad I finally read Rebel. I needed that ending.

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  12. I love that title Squashed!

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    1. And let me tell you, the story is so sweet, it squashed my heart in a good way

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  13. I'm finding a lot of new books with one title this week! The only one I've read here is Rebel.

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    1. I think we like very different books, so it makes sense. I picked up Rebel to finish the series, but I have not started any new SFF series in a while.

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  14. Nic Stone is turning into one of my favorites. :)

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  15. I have to admit it took me some time to think of single word titles. I have a thing for long titles, it turns out. But a lot of Shakespeare plays have name or single word titles so I have a few favourites there like Hamlet and Othello! And I enjoyed Twilight and Insurgent too.

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    1. I feel like I read a lot of books with long titles too. I never read Twilight, but I read the Divergent series (all three - one word titles)

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  16. I have or had a copy of Golden, but never got to it. I can't believe how many one word title books are out there!

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    1. I feel in love with Kirby not too long ago, and bought her backlist. Golden just confirmed my love for her. I hope you get to it

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  17. I seem to read a LOT of single word titles! I thought of twenty straight away and I know there are tons more! I seem to read genres that do this kind of title a lot.

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    1. I know! I just saw your list. You could be onto something with the genre thing, because I noticed a lot of SFF books had single word titles.

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  18. Can't wait till I can finally get to Rebel!

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    1. Do it! Read it! It's the closure we all needed

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  19. This reminds me that I want to read Unpregnant!

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    1. That was a pleasant surprise for me. It was very funny and the friendship element was lovely too

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  20. Hahaha yes that's always when you try to do these kind of posts that you realize that's not so easy ;-)

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  21. I really love the title Wanderlost. I also agree about it being hard to think of one-word titles this week. All I could think of at first were the extremely long titles of my favorite YA fantasy books.

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    1. Wanderlost was great for describing the traveling, but also the self discovery that took place. Thank goodness for GR read shelf, otherwise, I would not have thought of many of these .

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  22. I probably need to read Rebel at some point since I've read nothing but good things about it (especially from people I trust).

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    1. If you enjoyed the series, but needed a bit more at the end, it's a great way to get that closure. We get a whole new story with Eden, but also continue a bit with Day and June. I was really happy with it.

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  23. WHen I saw "Standout Singles" I thought it was going to have to have something to do with standalone books. I'm not sure how many great books I've read with one-word titles. I'll have to look because now I'm curious.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Well, I found it's not that many. Though, my SFF shelf had a lot, and there are many romances on my read shelf, but they are really just the name of the hero.

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  24. Oh wow.. I just said in Tanya's Top Ten Tuesday about how I forgot the Lux series on how the books got single-word titles. And now I'm also reminded how Legend also has it... I don't know why I keep forgetting my favorite series.

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    1. Legend, Divergent, Delirium, Matched -- I read a lot of dystopian series with single word titles.

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  25. There were a lot of new titles on here! As always, my TBR list is growing after reading your TTT! :)

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  26. Hahaha -- A book about a girl raising an award-winning pumpkin? Count me in for that.

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    1. I never knew I would like a book like that, but there was something so charming and endearing about the whole story. I also admired how much more it took to cultivate this giant pumpkin. It was an interesting read for this city girl

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  27. I hadn't heard of a single one of these. I love how you always bring something different to these topics!

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    1. Lots of YA and contemporary at that. I think you would know more, when I feature my adult books.

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