I’m always amazed by how many authors come up with perfect, beautiful, unique titles for their novels, while I’m over here with WIPs named like “Amicable” and “Pizza Girl” and “Eminence.” BORING. I mean, one-word titles are fine with me, and so are titles that begin with “The” (even though I read in 4th grade that “The ____” was the most cliche title system and to never do it. But a lot of “The ____” books are super successful so. I digress), but titles that are long and wonderful and could never be mistaken for anything else are my favorites.
Today, I’m limiting my list to books that I either have read or own a copy of. I’m also excluding any books with titles that are references to other works, especially Shakespeare (my apologies to The Fault in our Stars and Exit, Pursued by a Bear). Since I haven’t necessarily read all of these I might not catch the reference, so please let me know if anything slips by.
Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday!
This week’s theme: Top Ten Unique Book Titles
I’ll Give You the Sun // Jandy Nelson
This has got to be my favorite title. There’s just something about it that has always drawn me in. The entire cover is absolutely gorgeous. (Also this author gets bonus points for The Sky is Everywhere, but I haven’t read that one yet.)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane // Neil Gaiman
Obviously oceans don’t go at the end of lanes, so this title automatically catches my attention. It also has that sense of childhood wonder that the book is full of. I think part of it is that it reminds me of Where the Sidewalk Ends.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy // Douglas Adams
I mean. Nobody else could have come up with this title. And the quirkiness perfectly captures the story.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle // Shirley Jackson
I have never read this one before, but the title has always intrigued me and it looks and sounds so creepy. Maybe a good Halloween read?
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda// Becky Albertalli
I’ve read this and still don’t know why this is the title, but it’s long and interesting and I love it. (They’re changing the movie title to Love, Simon…which I mean, okay.)
That Inevitable Victorian Thing // E. K. Johnston
So I might have just gotten this in the mail today and included it in this list so I could take photos of its pretty cover…but still a good title, right?
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants // Ann Brashares
I’m pretty much there for anything with pants in the title.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower // Stephen Chbosky
I think I just like titles with a lot of syllables.
The Time Traveler’s Wife // Audrey Niffenegger
This one seems like a simple title, but it’s really packed with meaning. Why isn’t it called The Time Traveler? Why is it focused on his wife instead?
The Rest of Us Just Live Here // Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness just tends to have good titles. I was going to put The Knife of Never Letting Go on this list, but I don’t own it and I’ve never read it so. This one wins instead.
currently listening to // Vanilla Pines by Tow’rs
What is your favorite title of the books in your collection?