One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read. I thought this would difficult because how can you sum up a book with just one word? You can’t, because there is so much more to say about a book. On the other hand, it’s good to try to define what a book is about – but not in just one word! There are so many layers and complications, sub-plots and twists and turns to a book to even try to sum it up in one sentence, let alone in one word!

Anyway, I’m not happy with the words I’ve chosen for these books – they fall far short … totally inadequate.

I’ve linked the book to my posts where I’ve written them for a more detailed account. I’m aiming to write reviews for the other three books.

  1. The Homecoming by Anna Enquist -heart-wrenching
  2. The Drowned City by K L Maitland – dark
  3. The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré – spies
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo – tragic
  5. A Room With a View by E M Forster – satirical
  6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – horrific
  7. Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook – perilous
  8. My Evil Mother: a short story by Margaret Atwood – quirky
  9. Holy Island by L J Ross – disappointing
  10. Cécile is Dead by Georges Simenon – greed

30 thoughts on “One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read.

  1. I came to the same conclusion you did – that the one word I chose was completely inadequate. So I’m twisting the topic to give me a more satisfying result

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I give you a lot of credit for doing this, Margaret. There is no way that I would be able to sum up books I’ve read with just one word. I really like the way you’ve gotten right to the heart of the books!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, it’s great isn’t it! There’s a real skill in writing a satisfying short story, so many fall short and leave me thinking, ‘is that it?’ at the end, but not this one.


  3. I found this difficult too – one word just isn’t enough! I think you’ve done well with the words you’ve chosen, though. KJ Maitland’s books are certainly dark!

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.