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#RogersReads2020: Read a Book with a Title that is Only One Word

Sep 29, 2020

If you haven’t signed up for the #RogersReads reading challenge for 2020, now is the time! Click the #RogersReads image on the library website or use this link to begin logging your completed challenges and enter for monthly prizes! Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who enter a new book into their online log by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve prompts before February 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge.

Each month we will be highlighting one of the twelve reading prompts along with some ideas of titles that could fulfill that prompt. Share your own ideas and show off your progress by tagging us on social media with #RogersReads. Please remember that you can complete the #RogersReads prompts in any order using eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title. We are excited to see what you select to fulfill this prompt!

Read a Book with a Title that is Only One Word

A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes you only need one. This month, we have collected a list of books that make the most of their pithy titles. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence, One Word From Sophia by Jim Averbeck, and One by One by Ruth Ware don’t actually fit this prompt, but they do have the right idea in mind.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson are all available in our teen library.

1984 by George Orwell, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, and Six by MM Vaughan are all single-word titles that happen to be numbers.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dumplin by Julie Murphy, and Room by Emma Donoghue are tales of people overcoming adversity.

Classics like Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Emma by Jane Austen, and Middlemarch by George Eliot make the most of their laconic titles.

Bossypants by Tina Fey, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Calypso by David Sedaris are all auto-biographical stories that disguise a lot of depth behind their pithy titles.

Don’t let the short titles fool you. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk are all fantasy novels of epic proportions.

Science fiction titles like Dune by Frank Herbert, Warcross by Marie Lu, and Artemis by Andy Weir are all single word titles that could fill this prompt.

Hausfrau by Jill Essbaum, Himself by Jess Kidd, and Umami by Laia Jufresa are literary fiction titles with succinct titles.

We are looking forward to a year full of challenging new reads with you!

Happy reading!


The rest of this year’s challenges are listed below with links, when possible, to suggestions that can fulfill them.

Read a book with “Bronze,” “Silver,” or “Gold” in the title.

Read a book set in the “Jazz Age” (1920s).

Read a book first published in the year you were born.

Read a book that includes a map.

Read a book with a title that is only one word.

Read a book that is the first in a series.

Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about a historical figure.

Read a book someone you know dislikes.

Read a book from the Young Adult section.

Read a book that is not written in traditional prose.

Read a book that has a season in the title.

Read a book about what you wanted to “grow up to be” when you were a kid.