Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This Tuesday’s prompt: (Five) Books with Single Word Titles (that I love)!
1. Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Stephenie Meyer review at the top of the book cover says it all: it’s the perfect book for Jane Austen fans, a great mix of tribute and gentle teasing. The film is also a pretty hilarious counterpart.
2. Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
Dumplin’ is rightfully deserving of the copious praise it gets, both as a body-affirming story and as a Dolly Parton tribute. It leaves you with the urge to pump your fist in the air, and I don’t know higher praise I can give than that.
3. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Fair warning: as I think Cashore herself has since addressed, in Graceling, some of the superpowers are a magic workaround for disability. It took me a shamefully long time to realise it: but before (and separate) to my becoming aware of that, I really enjoyed the superpower system, and I still think it creates valuable discussion about freedom and women’s rights.
4. Tithe by Holly Black
Oh, Tithe. It was the first Holly Black book I ever read, and it’s sparked my life-long love of her work. It’s gritty, with a trashy protagonist and a standoffish love interest, and it reeks of 00s YA fiction – and for those reasons, I will ALWAYS love it. It has my heart.
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
With a blog called FangirlFlax, how could I not include Fangirl in this list? Rainbow always does bashful male characteres beautifully, and Levi is a wonder; but it’s Cath who has my heart, handling her life struggles by bleeding her feelings into her fandoms. Who hasn’t been there?
What are your favourite single title books?