Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #12: A book with a one-word title

Another easily explained category. Feel free to ignore subtitles, hyphens, and colons if you feel so persuaded

Some one-word titles on my shelf include:

Coraline (Neil Gaiman)

This dark book is a quick, enjoyable YA read. I read it for the first time a few months ago and found it delightful. Coraline Jones is a fascinating protagonist, equal parts tough cookie and fraidy cat. The animated version seems to follow the book fairly closely (with a few exceptions). My favorite character just may be the cat.

Attachments and Landline (Rainbow Rowell)

Seems Rainbow Rowell is a big fan of this month’s category, contributing several options with one-word titles. I’ve read both of these books. Of the two, I preferred Attachments because I found Landline‘s concept a little too implausible to buy. I don’t think either one was a difficult read.

Longbourn (Jo Baker)

Did you love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? You might want to consider this look at the lives of those who kept their home running behind the scenes. More than “just staff,” these house servants had their own complicated lives. Plus, the book weaves in and out of many plot twists from Austen’s original, bringing back lots of memories.


Brooklyn (Colm Toibin)

The book was better than the movie (though Saoirse Ronan was fine and the costuming was beautiful), but it fell a little flat for me. Still, I recommend it if you’re interested in the
portrayal of small-town Irish families and a young immigrant woman’s adventures in the era just post-WWII.

Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier)

This is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s mysterious and psychologically unnerving. A young bride joins her wealthy older husband at his grand estate only to find she’s unable to overcome the shadow of his dead first wife.

Night (Elie Wiesel)

If nonfiction is more your speed, check out Night, the memoir of a survivor from the Nazi death camps. It isn’t long, but it’s difficult to read his accounts of the horrors suffered at the hands of the Germans before victory.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.