Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

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Green typewriter with a piece of paper stuck in it. The word “review” has been typed on that page. Narrowing down my opinions of these books to a single word each was definitely not easy, but it was an amusing challenge.

Tiny Humans, Big Lessons: How the NICU Taught Me to Live With Energy, Intention, and Purpose by Sue Ludwig

The One-Word Review: Mindful


The Heart of Caring:  A Life in Pediatrics by Mark Vonnegut

The One-Word Review: Hopeful


The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery

The One-Word Review: Playful


The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery

The One-Word Review: Bittersweet


You Have More Influence Than You Think: How We Underestimate Our Power of Persuasion and Why It Matters by Vanessa Bohns

The One-Word Review: Inspiring


Hildie at the Ghost Shore by Paula Cappa

The One-Word Review: Spooky


A tachometer for feedback. From left to right, each section reads poor, fair, good, and excellent. The colours for each one left to right are red, orange, yellow, and green.

To Walk About in Freedom: The Long Emancipation of Priscilla Joyner by Carole Emberton

The One-Word Review: Amazing


The One-Word Review: Sobering
The One-Word Review: Surprising
The Annals of a Country Doctor by Carl Matlock, MD
The One-Word Review: Reflective




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96 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read

  1. You have a lot here that interest me, especially the NICU book and the book of women’s diaries.

  2. A Short History of the World According to Sheep is such a great title? Sounds like a surprising read, indeed! Great one-word reviews 🙂

    • Yes, it’s a wonderful title. I learned so much about sheep from it. They’re fascinating creatures.

      And thanks, Dini. You always leave such nice comments.

  3. OK, I really want to know what the sheeps perspective is on the world.

  4. This is a fun topic this week. 🙂

  5. Good list–Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel I found is already on my TBR, so I hope to move it up and read it soon.

  6. I’m very intrigued by the title A Short History of the World According to Sheep. Great list!

  7. ‘Bittersweet’ is something that often works for me, so I’ll check out The Golden Road.

  8. Carla

    I love the adjectives you chose Lydia. I am interested in Pediatrics book, it would be heartbreaking and hopeful.

  9. I love inspiring books I must check it out!

  10. Sobering. That’s an interesting word choice. It makes me curious about the book.

  11. The Spooky one will grab my attention immediately! Thanks for visiting us earlier Lydia!

  12. Wonderful reviews. I loved the word Playful, so descriptive.

  13. Some great choices here. I may have to add some of these to my TBR pile.

  14. Well done! “Spooky” is one that will always draw me in. “Mindful” is a great one, too. I’ve never heard of that NICU book, but I definitely want to read it. Two of my kids were preemies and had long stays in the NICU. I feel like the NICU is the closest place one can get to heaven while on earth – you can’t help but be moved by what happens there every day. The juxtaposition of so many little souls fighting to live at the same that others are gently passing on is both sobering and beautiful.

    Happy TTT!


  15. Lots of medical-related books. Is that your profession? I thought this was a fun activity though I had a hard time limiting myself to just one word (and sort of failed at it a few times.) One Word Reviews

  16. Great word choices. So funny how much one word can tell us about a book.

  17. A Short History of the World According to Sheep sounds like an interesting read!

  18. Oh, L.M. Montgomery! “Bittersweet” is a fitting one-word review. Happy TTT!
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  19. This is a great list! And I have A Short History of the World According to Sheep in my library too, so now I’m even more excited to read it.

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  20. Bittersweet sounds kind of sad, but the rest sounds like you had plenty of good reads.

  21. I’ve read Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery but not any others. The one about the power of persuasion sounds fantastic! Thanks for stopping by my post earlier 🙂

    Zoë x

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    • You’re welcome.

      L.M. Montgomery wrote so many great books. If you liked Anne of Green Gables, I highly recommend checking out the rest of her catalogue.

  22. Great choices for one word reviews, Lydia. I love seeing “inspiring” and “hopeful.”

  23. You have some powerful one word reviews! I’m very intrigued by the sobering one, though hopeful and playful may be more my kinds of reads.

  24. I love spooky books. I’m definitely adding that book to my TBR.

  25. I haven’t read any of these books, but I love all of your reviews!!

  26. I agree, a very creative challenge for sure! You did a great job with your reviews.

  27. Mindful, hopeful, bittersweet….Love the adjectives you came up with to describe these books. Great job!

  28. It’s surprisingly difficult to condense all our thoughts into a one-word review, but you did a great job!

  29. You’ve got a lot of inspiring reads here. The book about having more influence than we know is really calling out to me! Great job with your word choices too!

  30. Your 10 books sure has a variety of genres! I clicked the link on Westward Women – it sounds intriguing. I appreciate that you link to GR – I may do that next time too so that it’s easy for someone to see more detail about a book to decide if it’s a good one for them. Thanks for the visit; I appreciate it!

  31. Ooh I haven’t read those L.M. Montgomery’s!

  32. I should really pick up more L.M. Montgomery. Great list!

  33. I like your one-word reviews! The two by L. M. Montgomery are books of her that I haven’t read yet, but they’re definitely on my to-read list!

  34. As a girl who grew up watching and loving the 80s Anne of Green Gables movies, I really do need to try reading some of L.M. Montgomery’s books. They do sound charming and fun. Thanks a bunch for visiting Finding Wonderland today, Lydia. Appreciate this.

  35. Interesting list, Lydia. “To Walk About in Freedom” sounds good.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

  36. This is a fun TTT prompt! It helps to do something really different occasionally! I love your word choices!

  37. I love the words you chose. Even though I’ve not read any of these books, I still feel like I have an overall sense of each of them based on your words.

  38. The Story Girl and The Golden Road–You hit the nail on the head with those! Great choices!

  39. I haven’t read any of these, but you’ve got some great word choices here! This prompt was harder than I thought it was going to be.

  40. You picked a cool variety of books, and used wonderful words for the one-word reviews here.. Now I am intrigued to read all of them, especially the Montgomerys and the NICU as well as the Westward Women diaries (amazing one-words for them).
    My top ten is here

  41. Spooky and Sobering are great descriptions to give a concise sense of the book!

  42. A Short History of the World According to Sheep is an intriguing title! Great one-word reviews!

  43. I love these! There are also a few titles on this list I hadn’t heard of and am intrigued by. Tiny Humans, Big Lessons is one I definitely want to check out, having spent some time in the NICU myself. It’s an experience that certainly changes a person. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Lots of interesting titles in this list! I added the NICU to my TBR list. I’m a little intrigued by the sheep one.. that may end up on the TBR list as well.

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