Today we’re highlighting some books with one word titles that we loved. We chose books that are not part of a series and are really great stand-alones…
❧ Tanya –
Beartown, Frederik Bachman
Get ready to be drawn into this fantastic story with relatable, unforgettable characters. This story revolves around a town’s love for hockey – but it is not ABOUT hockey. You will laugh, cry and be completely absorbed with this book.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. But the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil.
Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere is my favorite book by Neil Gaiman – and I almost wept with joy when he announced he was writing a sequel. When I’m in a reading slump – this is the book I reach for to re-read … and all gets right with the World again.
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
Sold, Patricia McCormick
This is not an easy story to read – Lakshmi is a young girl sold as a sex slave by her father … rather depressing. You can sense the change in Lakshmi as she goes through one traumatic event after another, initially naive, then hopeless, then dejected and finally with a little light at the end of the tunnel. The ending isn’t exactly happy, but it is honest and raw. For many women in this position, there is no hope – or salvation arrives too late.
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut in the mountains of Nepal. Her family is desperately poor, but her life is full of simple pleasures. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid working for a wealthy woman in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
❧ Kim –
Landline, Rainbow Rowell
A lighthearted book that still handles a sad subject well. There’s humor throughout and you’ll like the characters enough to care about what happens to them in the end. Landline is a feel good book.
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. When a work commitment means they have to separate for Christmas, Georgie thinks this might be the end. But she finds a new, unbelievable, way to communicate with Neal and hopefully save her marriage.
Armada, Ernest Cline
Cline is back with more incredible pop culture fun in this book. I loved Ready Player One more, but this one is pretty fun and worth the read if you loved the 80s.
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and video games he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.