Saturday, January 2, 2010

January, 2010: Books With One-Word Titles

Since January is the #1 month of the year, I thought it would be nice to start out with books with one-word titles. I'm not counting the words "a novel" in the title, because I've never understood why there has to be this distinction. If I'm buying a book of poetry, I know it's not a novel; if I'm buying a book of history I know that this is also not a novel. So I'm not sure really why authors or publishers need to add "a novel" to their titles.

I have a few titles already lined up, and two already read.  Coming up this month (and after I finish them I'll * their titles so I know they were this part of this month's category choice):

Afterimage, by Helen Humphreys
Firewall, by Henning Mankell
Dupe, by Liza Cody
Birdman, by Mo Hayder
Mysterium, by Robert Charles Wilson
Libra, by Don DeLillo
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee

Of course, if there's more time, I have a few more lined up, and conversely, if there's not enough time, well, the books I don't get to are still here for me to enjoy later.  I also will be trying to make some effort to diminish the books on my TBR shelves around my house, so there will be books that don't match the topics each month.

I hope this is a good book year.


  1. We're doing that same challenge (books with one-word titles) on LibraryThing's 75 Books in 2010 TIOLI (Take It or Leave It) challenge.

    ...and I thought the idea was so original! :)

    We're having great fun with it. My current read is Acceptance by Susan Coll which I'm enjoying immensely.

  2. Oh! Well check out my listology page (on the side of the blog) on books read in 2010...there are a lot of one-word titles there.

    I do these little mini-challenges for myself each month.


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