I actually finished my tenth book this year last weekend, but since I was on vacation I kept forgetting to blog about it once I returned home.
Habibi by Naomi Nye as 'a book with a one-word title.' Habibi means something similar to 'beloved' in Hebrew. The book is about a teen-aged girl, Liyanna, who moves with her family from St Louis, Missouri, to Jerusalem, where her father was born.
Topics in geography and world history are not usually my strong suit, but I really enjoyed this book, as it was much more into the characters - who the people really were. I believe this was also pretty much the point. Liyanna was told about the conflicts, and experienced several traumatic incidents, but she could never bring herself to understand why everyone couldn't just know and respect each other as people. Such great wisdom from a young girl with little control over her own life.
This was admittedly not a book I probably would have picked up without the list requirements to guide me, but I really enjoyed it.