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2,263 books · 225 voters · list created November 12th, 2011 by Charlotte (votes) .
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Charlotte 416 books
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Em~Lost In A Dream~ 1799 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3291 books
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Bettie 15664 books
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Ben 1079 books
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Phillip 4882 books
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Gemma 1330 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 545 books
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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman Some of my very favorites on this list, Speak, Room, some Robert B Parker and Agatha Christie. YAY


message 2: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Interesting list. It kinda begs the question though... with so many one word titles out there, what great words DON'T have a book yet?


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Stephen wrote: "Interesting list. It kinda begs the question though... with so many one word titles out there, what great words DON'T have a book yet?"

I wonder if its possible to create a list like that? probably not. I like one word titles but then I also like the really weird super long ones like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time.


message 4: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne You might add "Swamplandia!" and "Chance" by Joseph Conrad.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's pretty easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl "Wool Omnibus" on p. 3 - technically two words...


message 7: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Balzano A few things:

A remarkable thing (to me anyway) is that even though this list (as of 8-28-16, 143pm PST) has 1098 books, and 141 voters . . .
nonetheless, by the time we reach book #100 (as in "the top 100" vote-getters), we are already down to books that have received only FOUR (4) votes.

A Goodreads "bug": I voted for J.G. Ballard's book Crash, but my "edition" of the book is apparently different from the one (some) other people voted for, and so I find my "Crash" all alone with "1 vote" rather than combining with the others. Look, I understand the "technical" reasons for this, but it's still crazy: "two" books with identical titles and identical authors should count as "one" book, period.

As long as I'm being dogmatic here: My own personal rule (and preference) was to exclude books with one-word titles where the title is the name of a person or a place, i.e. a "proper noun". I mean, come on: a "name" is not a "word", not really. In any case, put the one-word titles that are "names" on a separate list. Some weird sensibility of mine just feels a "clash" when books like "Demons", "Beloved", "Blindness", "Nerve", "Cosmos", and "Scandal" are interspersed with "Beowulf", "Emma", "Katherine", and "Frankenstein". As a result of all the proper names "clogging" (please forgive) the list, we find classic one-word titles like "She", "Exodus", and, yes, "Crash", don't even crack the top 100. But then, with the extreme dispersal of votes on this list (people talking "through" one another, not quite "speaking the same language", in a way), by the number 200, we are already down to books with only TWO (2) votes.


message 8: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl JerryB wrote: "A few things:"

I merged your vote for Crash into the others. Librarians can do a check for duplicates which only takes a split second. You can always request for this to be done in the Librarian Group, if necessary.

As to your last point, there is another list, "One Name as a Title" which you may wish to vote on as well.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/3...


message 9: by Jerry (new)

Jerry Balzano Lobstergirl wrote: "JerryB wrote: "A few things:"

I merged your vote for Crash into the others.


Thanks, Lobstergirl. I went ahead and created a list One-Word Titles: Novels (NO Proper Nouns) to satisfy my own fussy criteria (and curiosity), on which of course I welcome people to weigh in. But tell me this: Once I've created a list, do I have no further control over what goes on it? It would be nice to be able to do "Quality Control" to ensure that the list consists only of titles that meet the criteria stated by the list originator.

Jerry


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You can ask librarians to help keep the list clean for you, Jerry.


message 11: by Susan (last edited Mar 28, 2017 06:18PM) (new)

Susan Removed The Genie-alogy of Nathan Levy (#433) for having a five-word title.


message 12: by BookLovingLady (last edited Nov 25, 2021 05:37AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Far more than a hundred. Fortunatlely for me there is a separate list with One Name as a Title, so I left names off (mostly). Still, I have far more than one hundred ...


message 13: by Vicki (last edited Mar 21, 2022 06:03PM) (new)

Vicki In spite of the use of only four characters, isn't 1984 actually a 2-word title, Nineteen and Eighty-Four? I believe the same is true of 1222.


message 14: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Vicki wrote: "In spite of the use of only four characters, isn't 1984 actually a 2-word title, Nineteen and Eighty-Four? I believe the same is true of 1222."

Oh I totally agree (my edition even says Nineteen Eighty-Four)


message 15: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl That's correct. I removed it.


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