Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Great Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, we're talking about book titles. Specifically, good ones! I'm only human, and as susceptible to the pull of a great title as anyone. So here are ten that got my attention!



A Clockwork Orange: I remember reading one that Burgess wanted to contrast the idea of mechanics/clockwork with the most alive thing he could think of, and came up with the juicy burst of an orange. I loved the book, and the title is captivating in its own right.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: I understand why this wouldn't have worked as the title of a movie, but it's so much better than Blade Runner.

The Color Purple: Every time I think about the title, I remember the central tenet of the book...which is effective for a title to do!

Exit West: This one just immediately suggests questions you have to read the book to find the answers to, like who's doing the exiting, and west of where?

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: This title is a spoiler for its own book! But it promises an interesting story, and it delivers.

Skinny Legs and All: Tom Robbins has a way with eye-catching titles.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: I read this book because a college roommate liked it, but I would have 100% picked it up based on the title alone anyways.

Thank You For Smoking: There words in this order is so unexpected to see that it immediately grabs your attention.

Pride and Prejudice: The alliteration on this one just gets it stuck in your head. And it has a nice rhythm to it when you say it out loud!

Gone Girl: More alliterative goodness. The single syllables here give it a distinctive ring as well.

9 comments:

  1. I DNF A Clockwork Orange. Did you ever finish it (assuming you've read it/tried to read it, of course)?

    My TTT.

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    1. I read it in high school (on my own, it wasn't assigned reading) and loved it! But it was definitely a challenge to get into with the nadsat slang, and if the idea of having to decipher the book as you're reading it isn't your deal, it would hard to get through

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  2. So many great books, and I even recognized them.

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    1. I read a lot of obscure stuff, but most of these ones were actually things other people read haha!

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  3. The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a great title of a book and a great book. I love it. My TTT

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    1. It was a fantastic book...one of those where you close it and know you'll come back to it again because there's so much there to get the second time around!

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  4. Haha, Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs. I haven’t heard of that book, but the title is perfect. I love it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. ...I had absolutely no idea that Blade Runner was based on THAT book. (obviously I've never read or watched it, but that book is such an iconic title)

    These are all interesting picks, including the simpler ones I would not have thought twice about until I saw your reasoning.

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