Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Books With Single-Word Titles!

Hello Readers! March has arrived, and for most people in the U.S. that means Spring Break! and vacations. But not for us. We’ll be doing some home projects this month that will be taking up loads of my time. Which means less time for reading, but yay for new floors, right?? [That’s me trying to motivate myself.] While I won’t be able to devote as much time to blog hopping this week, if you’ll let me know you stopped by, I promise I’ll return the favor. 😉

For this week’s prompt, I randomly chose ten books off my shelves that I haven’t read yet (before they get packed away in a box). Oddly, most of my single-word titles were young adult books. Is that because the publishing companies think teens have a short attention span?? 😉 Let me know if you’ve read any of them and if they’re worth my time!

(Link to synopsis on Goodreads through the book title.)

1

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Synopsis: It’s the first real summer since the devastating accident that killed Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben. But now Cedar and what’s left of her family are returning to the town of Iron Creek for the summer. They’re just settling into their new house when a boy named Leo, dressed in costume, rides by on his bike. Intrigued, Cedar follows him to the renowned Summerlost theatre festival. Soon, she not only has a new friend in Leo and a job working concessions at the festival, she finds herself surrounded by mystery. The mystery of the tragic, too-short life of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. And the mystery of the strange gifts that keep appearing for Cedar. 

2

Run by Kody Keplinger

Synopsis: Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter—protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.


So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and—worst of all—confronting some ugly secrets.

3

Winger by Andrew Smith

Synopsis: Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.


Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking. 

4

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Synopsis: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. 

5

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference. 

6

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Synopsis: BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.
 
Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

7

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Synopsis: Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. 

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

8

Bilgewater by Jane Gardam

Synopsis: Originally published in 1977, Jane Gardam’s Bilgewater is an affectionate and complex rendering-in-miniature of the discomforts of growing up and first love seen through the eyes of inimitable Marigold Green, an awkward, eccentric, highly intelligent girl. The Evening Standard described Bilgewater as “one of the funniest, most entertaining, most unusual stories about young love.”

Motherless and 16, Marigold is the headmaster’s daughter at a private backwater all-boys school. To make matters worse, Marigold pines for head boy Jack Rose, reckons with the beautiful and domineering Grace, and yanks herself headlong out of her interior world and into the seething cauldron of adolescence. With everything happening all at once, Marigold faces the greatest of teenage crucibles.  

9

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis: Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

10

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Synopsis: Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America–to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood “just like Ireland”–she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind.

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Did I choose any books you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Wandering!

39 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Single-Word Titles”

  1. I’ve not read Dumplin’, but do keep meaning to watch the Netflix adaptation. Someday I hope to – and who knows! Maybe first I’ll read the book. 🙂

    1. Yes, I would love to read it first, too. I haven’t really heard much about the adaptation and how well it matches with the book. 🙂

    1. Oh yay!! It’s been on my shelf for YEARS. But it keeps surviving every time I do a clean. I’m happy to hear that you liked it!

  2. I haven’t read any of these yet, but Scythe is in the back of my mind as a book I’d like to read someday.

    And if “teens” have a short attention span, then why are they buying books like Queen of Air and Darkness, which is 880 pages? I put teens in quotes because adults buy around half of these teen books.

    1. Yes, I hear great things about Scythe. I’m hoping to finally pick it up sometime this year!

      Ha! Very true. I’m one of those adults that buys “teen” books, too. 😉

  3. Scythe made it onto my list this week as well but as one of the books that I’ve read and loved! I hope you enjoy the series. It’s fantastic 😍 I’m excited to read Homegoing because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. It’s one that’s high up on my TBR! Great list 😊Good luck with the home projects, too!

    1. Oh yay! I love to hear great things about the (many) unread books on my shelves. <3 Yes, I keep hearing great things about Homegoing. I really need to pick it up soon, too. Thank you for the well-wishes. It's going to be a busy month! 🙂

    1. That is what’s great about these kinds of prompts–all the variations. Scythe seems to be the most recommended from my list. Hopefully we can both pick it up very soon!

    1. Yes, I think I will like that one. I haven’t seen the film adaptation either, but I would love to see it after I read the book. 🙂

    1. Off topic, for the last few weeks when I try to visit your site, I get a message that says it’s no longer available and the author has deleted the site. Not sure what’s going on, but thought I’d let you know. Maybe it’s just on my end?? 🙂

  4. Congrats on the soon-to-be new floors! Renovations are always a bummer when you’re undertaking the process, but it sure is nice once it’s done just to be able to sit back and look at how pretty the new stuff looks.

    The only one on this list I’d already heard of was Scythe, which means there’s plenty of books here for me to check out! They look great.

    1. Yes! I know the reward will be worth it, but it’s so much work. Ha! I’m thinking of it as major spring cleaning.

      I’m starting to think I’m the only reader who hasn’t read Scythe. I’ll be moving that one up my list! 🙂

    1. Ha! Well, don’t feel too left out because I haven’t read any of these. They’re actually all off my tbr shelf. 😉 Hopefully we’ll both get to them soon!

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Dumplin’ yet. I always mean to pick it up and just haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Yay new floors!

    1. Ugh. I know! Maybe we can both get to it soon. I have a friend who is always recommending it. 🙂

      We’re excited, but it’s basically like moving. Ha!

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