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The Power of One: It Can Be Powerful Too

We all know that the power of one anything / anyone exists. Each and every one of us can make a difference by our actions no matter how insignificant we might think or feel about ourselves or those actions. So let us keep doing our part in this vast universe, and know that we are impacting something.

Similarly, in the world of books, where countless words weave wondrous worlds and enrich our lives in so many ways, there also exists the power of one—a single word, phrase, or idea—that has the ability to captivate our minds and hearts. It might be a one-word book title, or literally the word “one” placed just right in the title, or any other single word or sentence or something else in the book, that leaves a profound impact on us.

Today’s books first feature the word “one” (or close enough) followed by a list of one-word titles!

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The Power of One in Book Titles

One Hundred Saturdays

One Hundred Saturdays: In Search of a Lost World by Michael Frank with artwork by Maira Kalman (Illustrator) 

Description: The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the author over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.

My Quick Thoughts

I started reading this a while ago and then stopped half way through (not sure why – maybe it got to me).. For like so many other books that I read about or related to Auschwitz and the Jewish community around WWII, this book pierced my heart, and left me teary-eyed as I was reading it. I hope to get back to it soon. Don’t get intimidated by the size of the book for its bite-sized chapters makes it easy to read (minus the tugging at heartstrings part). Plus, it is so very rich in historical and cultural information..

One Little Word

One Little Word by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Children’s Fiction | 3 – 7 years, and up | Frances Lincoln Children’s Books | August 1, 2023)

Description: A beautiful and moving picture book from the UK’s Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho, tells the story of how a big, hairy argument gets in between two best friends.

My Quick Thoughts

Oh my!! Oh my!! The sweetest way to talk about how arguments and fights with loved ones can impact us and others around us…

One Moment in Time

One Moment in Time: Children around the world by Ben Lerwill and illustrated by Alette Straathof (Children’s Nonfiction | 5 – 7 years, and up | Happy Yak | November 2, 2021)

Description: One Moment in Time takes readers on a colorful, eye-opening journey around the globe in a single day, showing what children in different countries are each doing at the same point in time. 

My Quick Thoughts

A unique way of approaching unity in diversity, in my opinion, and one that teaches so many concepts at the same time. Time, geography, culture, and more!!

10 Books With One Word Titles

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is Books With One-Word Titles, and to keep it to ten on the list, I am picking a few of my recent reads plus a few on my TBR.

Recent Reads


Beowulf : A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

I get why this book /story has withstood the test of time. I read it with my teenager earlier this year when she had to read it for school, and given I wouldn’t have picked it by myself, I am glad for the required reading at s


Dishoom: From Bombay With Love by Shamil Thakrar, Kavi Thakrar, Naved Nasir (Culinary Travel/Cookbook | Bloomsbury Publishing | September 5, 2019)

My review of this book is here.


Egg: A Dozen Ovatures by Lizzie Stark (Science | W. W. Norton & Company | March 28, 2023)

Like I mentioned in another top ten post, this has been an egg-cellent read indeed! So much contained within this little oval.


Honor by Thrity Umrigar | Women’s Fiction | Algonquin Books | January 4, 2022)

A book that devastated me and made me hopeful too. I do not have a complete review for this on my blog but quite a few mentions.


Night by Elie Wiesel and translated by Marion Wiesel (Jewish Holocaust History, high-school and older | Hill and Wang, January 16, 2006)

My thoughts on this book here. Like with Beowulf, I read this because of my teen’s high school reading assignments!


Thirst by Varsha Bajaj | Children’s Realistic Fiction (10 – 12 years, and up) | Nancy Paulsen Books (July 19, 2022)

My review for this heartwarming book for young readers (and older ones too) is here.

On My Reading List


Amazona by Canizales (YA Graphic novels | 14 years and up | Graphic Universe ™ | May 3, 2022)

Description: This socially conscious thriller from graphic novelist Canizales examines the injustices of his home country in a stark, distinctive style.


Bizarre: The Most Peculiar Cases of Human Behavior and What They Tell Us about How the Brain Works by Marc Dingman (Neuroscience | Nicholas Brealey | February 7, 2023)

Description: The human brain is not just the most brilliant of evolutionary wonders. It’s also one of the most bizarre. This book shows a whole other side of how brains work – from the patient who is afraid to take a shower because she fears her body will slip down the drain to a man who is convinced he is a cat and a woman who compulsively snacks on cigarette ashes.


Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati (Historical Fiction | Sourcebooks Landmark | May 2, 2023)

Description: For fans of Madeline Miller, a stunning debut following Clytemnestra, the most notorious villainess of the ancient world and the events that forged her into the legendary queen.


Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala (Memoirs / Natural Disasters | Vintage | March 5, 2013)

Description: In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her family—parents, husband, sons—were swept away by a tsunami. Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath.

Extra, Extra

There is Emma and Persuasion, Rebecca and , Hugo and Wonder, Heidi and Matilda, Frankenstein and , Coraline and Madeline, Pygmalion and Siddhartha, Corduroy, Stellaluna, Bravely, Crushing, Honor, Unsettled, Zorgamaoo, Lobizona and so much more.

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, have you read/heard about any of the listed books today? Which ones did you enjoy/would pick to read first? Any recommendations for similar books?

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19 thoughts on “The Power of One: It Can Be Powerful Too

  1. I do agree with you. Unity, teamwork, and working together — these are great examples that illustrate the power of one. You can achieve anything if you work as one. As usual, I love your book recos. I’ll see which title I can find here in my country.

  2. “One Hundred Saturdays” sounds like a powerful tale of resilience and wisdom, while “One Little Word” touches beautifully on the significance of friendship and understanding. “One Moment in Time” takes readers on a captivating journey around the globe, celebrating unity in diversity, which we need more of in the world.

  3. This post about the “Power of One” in books is captivating and informative. I appreciate the variety of book titles shared, each with its unique impact on readers. The personal insights and recommendations add a personal touch, making it an enjoyable read for any book lover. Keep up the excellent work!

  4. Great book list, I’d particularly want to read One Hundred Saturdays – I was recently at a concentration camp (Mathausen) and could feel the sadness the prisoners endured there…

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