Top 5 Books with One Word Titles I Want to Read

Top 5 Books with One Word Titles I Want to Read

This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and I kind of lost motivation for making it every week. But it’s back! This is a series of books that I want to read that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for every Saturday.

The Upcoming Schedule Is:

5/23/20 — Books about Plants/Flowers (Can be on cover, in title or plot)

5/30/20 — Books from a Male POV

6/6/20 — Books Set Near/On the Sea

6/13/20 — Books with One Word Titles

6/20/20 — Books You’d Give a Second Chance

6/27/20 —  Books with Morally Grey Characters


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Books with One Word Titles

This topic sounded like it was going to be really easy, but for me it was actually harder than I thought it would be! I think part of that is because with fantasy novels there tend to be longer titles. I think mysteries and romances have shorter titles a lot of the time, but I actually had kind of a hard time coming up with a list for this week’s topic! I love a good title, whether it is simple or not, a title always helps give insight into a book. A title is a part of your first impressions and a shorter title can sometimes say a lot.

Hollow by Rhonda ParrishHollow by Rhonda Parrish

A car accident shattered sixteen-year-old Morgan’s family. Now her brother’s dead, her mom’s paralyzed in more ways than one, her dad lives at work and her seven-year-old sister Amy tries too freaking hard to salvage everything. What’s more, high school is its own special kind of hell, where her ex-boyfriend delights in spreading rumors that shred her reputation and make her feel like a loser.

When she finds an old camera in a creepy abandoned hospital, it seems like her luck is finally changing. And it is changing–from bad to worse. Because of course it is. Each time Morgan photographs one of her classmates they become corrupted versions of themselves. It’s like the camera steals their goodness, their essence, and leaves them hollow.

Then her sister uses the camera to take a selfie.

No matter what the cost, Morgan will find a way to reverse the effects of the cursed camera and save Amy, before her already-fractured family completely self-destructs.

I have a copy of this book and I’m pretty excited to read it! I think that the concept is really cool and this book just looks like it will be pretty creepy. This book looks pretty short, so I plan on reading it one weekend when I’m up at the lake.

Sparrow by Mary Cecilia JacksonSparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….

Sparrow looks like an emotional read and I’ve heard that it’s a bit dark. Abuse is a heavy topic, but I love when a book can really make me feel something. I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but I really want to get to this one soon!

Deeplight by Frances HardingeDeeplight by Frances Hardinge

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea meets Frankenstein in Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy adventure

The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

Isn’t that cover gorgeous?! This is a book that I haven’t seen many people talking about, yet I’m very excited for it. It looks pretty dark and kinda gives me Wilder Girl vibes. I have heard that the world is done incredibly well and that the story is incredibly unique. I love books with sea settings (I mean, it was a recent Top 5 Saturday topic for a reason!) and I can’t get enough of sea creatures and pirates. I think the only reason I haven’t read this yet is because there isn’t a ton of hype for it, but enough of my Goodreads friends have given it 4 or 5 stars that I know it will be worth the read.

Mayhem by Estelle LaureMayhem by Estelle Laure

A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft.

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

Okay so I have to admit that the main reason I picked up a copy of this book is because of the comparison to The Lost Boys and The Craft. I absolutely love the vibes in both of those movies and that’s all I really need to know to be interested in this one. But I have heard that the characters are really well developed and there are some adult themes. I think this is a summer read for me, it just sounds like the type of book that I love to read by the pool.

Entwined by Heather DixonEntwined by Heather Dixon Wallwork

Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest, but there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Ah! WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET?! Heather Dixon Wallwork’s book Illusionarium is one that I really enjoyed. It was so unique and I just loved her writing. When I finished that book I discovered she had also written a re-telling of my favorite fairy  tale The 12 Dancing Princesses. This back list title is one that I am really dying to get to! I am going to try and make sure that I fit it in this summer!

Tagged! Join us this week or next week!

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

Sav @ Sav’s Review

Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess

Lynn @ Lynn’s Book Blog

Lauren & Megan @YA Bookers

Check out Other Book Blogger’s Top 5!

Nen & Jen @ Nen & Jen — Top 5 Sat: One Word Titles

Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Books with One Word Titles

Louise @ Life in the Book Lane — Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog — Books with 5 word titles — Top 5 Saturday

Let’s Chat!

Have you noticed if the books you read have short titles or longer titles? What is your favorite book with a one word title? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Make sure to comment below with your thoughts about books with one word titles.

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  1. Omg Hollow looks so creepy and the plot itself also sounds super scary but I’m also really intrigued 😂 I also want to read Deeplight and Mayhem looks really good — I kept seeing the title on NG but didn’t end up requesting it (probably for the best considering how sucky I am at reading eARCs on time lmao)! I hope you enjoy all of these reads ❤

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    1. I think Hollow looks really creepy too! It’s been a while since I’ve had a good creepy book so I’m excited. Also I think Deeplight might be one that I read next. Not sure. I always read where my heart sends me nowadays lol. I didnt love the cover for Mayhem but the description makes me think it could be really good!


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