Top 10 Tuesday – One Word Title

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s top 10 is about 1 word titles so here are the last 10 books I read with a one word title. It is at times like these that I’m glad that I have a spreadsheet that shows every book that I’ve ever read since 2015.

  1. Unleashed – Amy McCulloch (finished 3rd Feb)
    Second in a duology that I haven’t seen much movement about. It’s a world with a mix of AI and HDM daemons showing the danger of letting technology have too much control over our lives. It’s also a coming of age story and looks at a class-ist society and the impact brains and education can have.
  2. Becoming – Michelle Obama (finished 29th Jan)
    I really enjoyed listening to Michella Obama read her autobiography and talk about the three different and distinct parts of her life as well as what it was like bringing up a family in the White House as well as how much work went on behind the scenes. She’s a woman I already respected and looked up to but after hearing her story that respect increased tenfold, she really is someone that young children (boys and girls of all races) can look up to but especially young black girls.
  3. Poptastic – Tony Blackburn (finished 7th Jan)
    I really think this is meant to be read with a straight face, I think Blackburn wrote it fairly seriously. What he didn’t realise is it’s one of the funniest pieces of dry comedy ever written, the fact that he honestly says that when there was a fire on the pirate radio ship he made sure to get out first so he could be on the front page of all the newspapers is hilarious. Who thinks like that? Read this as a piece of comedy and you cannot find anything better, read it as an actual biography and it’s the worst.
  4. Snapshot – Brandon Sanderson (finished 4th Jan)
    In this book Sanderson proves why he is up there was some of the best genre authors of all time. It’s 114 pages and we instantly get a sense of the world and the two main characters whose job it is to go into a replication of each day (a snapshot) and discovery information about whatever crime they are following. It’s a really clever story and I would love to read more set in this world. Also the idea of an officer showing me a warrant card that says that they are real and I’m not is terrifying. In just over 100 pages this book has more twists and turns than should be possible
  5. Starsight – Brandon Sanderson (finished 27th Dec)
    Second in Sanderson’s YA space series. I mean it’s Sanderson… YA… and Space… I don’t know what else I need to say except that he brings all of the epic-ness of his fantasy and tightens it to fit the YA genre. There’s less discussion about the different clothes or the intricacies of the society and instead is much more about the action and the character building. As an intro to Sanderson and his sense of scale I think this is a really good place to start, he’s one of my favourite authors for a reason.
  6. Adrift – K R Griffith (finished 24th Dec)
    This book is insane and I spent so much time trying to work out what the hell was happening, it had demon/vampire creatures on a cruise ship. Humans who were working with them? Deaths… oh no they’re alive… no they’re dead. Just? It’s utterly insane and yet I couldn’t stop myself turning the page, I had to know what happened. At some point I think I’ll get the sequel. This is a book equivalent of monster horror movies and it was really intense at times.
  7. Prodigal – Samantha Sanchez (finished 12th Dec)
    Full review to be found here. I didn’t like the characters in this book but I really enjoyed the concept. Unfortunately I’m not one for fake/reality TV which is what this book is based on.
  8. Crownbreaker – Sebastian De Castell (finished 9th Dec)
    Last in the Spellslinger series, where a boy with a handful of tricks and his squirrel cat familiar/business partner try to work out what’s going on with shadow magic and how they can stop it infecting them. Also there is a war going on and lots of different types of magic. It’s a really fun series and I’m glad that my best friend picked up a copy for me from YALC a couple of years ago.
  9. Romanov – Nadine Brandes (finished 5th Dec)
    This is one that my sister picked up at YALC, I read it for it to fit a challenge category (a lot of books I read in December were for that reason.) I really enjoyed it and loved how it dealt with a period of history that I only vaguely know about. Plus magic.
  10. Mort – Terry Pratchett (finished 4th Dec)
    One of my favourite Pratchett books, all about Death getting an apprentice and how badly that goes. It was performed at uni in my second year and we had the most fun in rehersals laughing every week and not getting as much work done as we would have liked but loving every second of it.



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