Top Ten Tuesday: The Motherlode of Books With One Word Titles



One word titles to me are anything with “: A Novel”  or “: A Memoir” dropped to have only one word. Titles like The Lacuna or The March are two words–the article doesn’t get dropped. I also limited myself only to books I’ve read or DNF. I have omitted biographies–Lincoln by Gore Vidal is a novel (Ok, I did include Eric by Doris Lund. I couldn’t leave it out!). I also refuse to include Scarlett [which I loathe]. My definition of “Contemporary” goes back a ways. As to why this is so much longer than the mere 10? I just wanted to see how many I’d read! I’ve recorded my reading for years, but still, there are titles missing from this list.

The One I Forgot


Contemporary Books




Compass by Mathias Énard [DNF]

Night by Elie Wiesel

Alenaby Rachel Pastan

Educatedby Tara Westover

Journey by Robert K. Massie and Suzanne Massie

Lincoln by Gore Vidal

Tim by Colleen McCullough

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Gilgamesh by Joan London

Varina by Charles Frazier

Icon by Frederick Forsyth

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough

Travelers by Helon Habila

Akin by Emma Donoughe

Jennie by Paul Gallico

Portofino by Frank Schaeffer

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Eric by Doris Lund

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Zermatt by Frank Schaeffer

Trinity by Leon Uris

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Quentins by Maeve Binchy

Lucy by Ellen Feldman

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Wifey by Judy Blume

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Exodus by Leon Uris

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

Evergreen by Belva Plain

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Vintage by Susan Gloss

Euphoria by Lily King

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow






Dick Francis and Ian Fleming

And Other Series



Bolt by Dick Francis

Decider by Dick Francis

 Enquiry by Dick Francis

Longshot by Dick Francis

Silks by Dick Francis

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

Moonraker by Ian Fleming

Thunderball by Ian Fleming

Appolyon by Jerry Jenkins & Tim Le Haye

Assassins by Jerry Jenkins & Tim Le Haye

Nicolea by Jerry Jenkins & Tim Le Haye




Dracula by Bram Stoker

Emma by Jane Austen

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Freckles by Gene Straton Porter

Villette by Charlotte Bronte

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [DNF]

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Motherlode of Books With One Word Titles

  1. Now you have me wondering how many I’ve read in total! I was very hit and miss at recording what I’ve read over the years until I began my blog (2006), so it wouldn’t be complete.

    I see you’ve read several by Dick Francis – I haven’t read any by him, do you recommend his books?

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