Top Ten Tuesday: Single-Word Titled Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books With Single-Word Titles.” I did not realize how rare one-word titles were until I had to make this list. I had to reach back a few years to make ten titles. I still like long-winded titles most of all, but there is something to appreciate about simple one-word titles. As long as they are distinct enough that I don’t get books confused. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Pride by Ibi Zoboi – I love that this Pride and Prejudice retelling is just called Pride. It speaks really well to who the characters are in the novel.

2. Seraphina by Rachel Harman – I kind of miss the days when books were named after their MCs. This one will always have a special place in my heart.

3. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – This one-worded title is so heavy-laden if you know what this one is about. This book did things to my head. I still think about it years later.

4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – I love that the title for this one is tied to one of the most unique villains I’ve come across in a fantasy book, the Wood.

5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Nimona is such a fun name for such a fun character and fun book.

6. Nocturna by Maya Motayne – I can think of many book titles that were changed from their original languages to an English word or phrase in order to feel more marketable, so I was pleasantly surprised that this remained Nocturna.

7. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I love when certain titles remain kind of mysterious until you read the book and then it all just falls into place.

8. Mirage by Somaiya Daud – I feel like this one has many meanings, but one of them being the lead characters must pretend to be another and it leads to some very sticky situations.

9. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker – I also love when titles aren’t real words so you have to figure out what they mean.

10. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – Another example of an author making up a word for their world. The titles for this series only have meaning to those who have read them

What was the last one-word title you read? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Single-Word Titled Books

  1. There are so many awesome one word titles out there, it turns out! Seraphina and Nimona both look fun.

    Starfish and Seafire (I actually love that title- so evocative) have amazing covers too.

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  2. Nice list! I can’t believe I forgot about Uprooted when I put mine together — I should have actually walked around my bookshelves one more time. 🙂 I loved that book so much!

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  3. I had never thought about all the possible meanings of the title “Mirage” until now, but… you’re right it has so many layers. I love “Uprooted” as well, it’s the kind of title that is just perfect for its story. And I’m so glad Nocturna didn’t get the Gumiho-to-Wicked-Fox treatment, publishing is already English-centric enough as is…
    Great list!

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  4. Oh you have some great books here! I LOVE Nimona, can’t believe I forgot about it until I saw it on your list! What a hilarious and innovative book. ‘Pride’ sounds really interesting and all of Naomi Novik’s books are on my TBR so I’m looking forward to Uprooted

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