One-word book titles – can you make a sentence with them?

I’ve always been interested in book titles and popular trends. We all know about “The Girl” and “The Woman” titles and books with the word “wife” in them. There are so many others too! Besides these, some are a person’s name like Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk, a place like Coffin Road by Peter May or a phrase like Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Here’s a list of a bunch of one-word titles. These are all books I’ve read and reviewed on my blog. I’m sure I could find many more if I really dug into it.

I wanted to make a big long sentence by arranging each of these words into something meaningful, but I couldn’t make it work. I did come up with a few good-advice phrases, like “wonder more” and “roar less.” And although this is a politics-free blog, I couldn’t resist what could be a headline, “candidate caught.”

So here are the books I’ve read with one-word titles. Can you make any phrases out of these? Here’s a word bank to give you a start!


If you’re interested in my reviews, you can follow the links below!

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Candidate by Tracy Ewens

Caught by Harlan Coben

Coma by Robin Cook

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Educated by Tara Westover

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Her by Harriet Lane

Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Looker by Laura Sims

Lot by Bryan Washington

Maid by Stephanie Land

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Outsider by Linda Castillo

Premiere by Tracy Ewens

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Roar by Cecelia Ahern

Run by Ann Patchett

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Son by Lois Lowry

Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

You by Caroline Kepnes

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35 thoughts on “One-word book titles – can you make a sentence with them?

  1. What great titles and covers. I wish I could read them all! Have you read the book Quiet? Non-fic. Subtitle: the power of introverts in a world that won’t stop talking.
    Very interesting.

    1. Hi Betsy! I haven’t read Quiet. I was just having a conversation today about whether there were more introverts than extroverts in the world. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Titles are so important! They should be as creative as that first sentence. Your readers were very creative. Wish I had time to play but I need to get back to a writing project.

  3. I didn’t come up with anything that other comments didn’t already share. Derrick’s was great. When researching titles, Barb, I read that the best titles (these days) are the ones with 5 words or so. I use a “title tester”. Here’s the link if you want to play with it: It liked The Ferryman and the Sea Witch, and it isn’t that hot about The Necromancer’s Daughter. Fun to play with.

    1. Hi Diana – that sounds really interesting – thanks for sending the link. I’m going to play around with it! Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

      1. I’m not sure how valid it is, but I thought it was interesting, and your one-word titles made me think of it. It’s one of the reasons that I picked the title The Ferryman and the Sea Witch. It ranked high on their scale. Have fun playing with it.

  4. I haven’t read too many one word title books but I am currently reading Emma which is one of the few one word title books I know. Interesting post!

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