Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is unique book titles. Titles can help or hurt a book. They either give you a good idea of what the book is about, make you curious about a new book, or turn you off from a book entirely. Today, I will share ten book titles that I think are unique and my thoughts on them (any book with a review will be linked to the book’s title):
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I love the title Six of Crows because looking at the description on the back of the book, I would never know how it tied in until I read the book. This really fits with the six main characters in the novel and the several references to crows throughout the story.
- El Deafo by Cece Bell
I like El Deafo because it’s something the author thought of when she was younger and inspired her graphic novel memoir of the same name. In El Deafo, a girl who is deaf attends public school for the first time. She creates a super hero alter ego when she discovers that her phonic ear enables to her her teacher all over the school, including the bathroom and the teacher’s lounge.
- Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Royce Rolls is definitely a title that trips you up because you want to say “Rolls Royce.” This play on words makes you take a double take at this title and this book. Royce Rolls follows reality television “bad girl” Bentley Royce as her family films the latest season of their reality show.
- The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne
I think The Boyfriend League is a cute title because it captures the main plot of this story well, but also puts a spin on the sport in this book. In The Boyfriend League, the main characters loves her town’s collegiate baseball league and asks her parents to sponsor a player. However, she also has an ulterior motive to get a baseball player boyfriend.
I think all of the titles in this series by Jenny Han are very clever and unique. In the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han, Lara Jean accidentally sends love letters written to boys she loved in the past. All of the books in this series have titles that give a nod to writing letters. I especially like the last book title because it’s the end of the series with a title like the end of a letter.
I think this title is so creative because it puts a spin on the popular wanderlust phrase to better describe the book. In this story, the main character takes over her sister’s European senior citizen tour, but loses the tour’s guide book on a plane.
I think Open Road Summer is a great title because it literally describes the book: a girl goes follows her singer best friend on tour over the summer. However, it also is a song within the book about the friendship between the main character and her best friend. I think that makes the title really unique to this book!
Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally is the final book in the Hundred Oaks this series. In this book, the main character wants to take a break from her hectic swimming schedule to partake in activities she believes are more typical for a high school experience. I like how this title relates to the story in multiple ways: the character literally comes up for air when she swims, but she is also coming up for air from her overwhelming swimming schedule.
I think Heartless is a great title for this book since it is the origin story for how the Queen of Hearts became evil. Additionally, I like how this title takes on another meaning within the text. Since most of Marissa Meyer’s books in The Lunar Chronicles series are the names of the main characters, this was more unique for her as an author at the time this book was released.
- Reality Check by Jen Calonita
I really like the title of Reality Check by Jen Calonita because it’s a common phrase that plays on the plot of the book and the message. In this book, four friends are recruited to star in their own reality show. However, the producers start to pit the girls against each other and the spotlight isn’t what they expected. I also think it works well with the cover since each friend has their own doll or fake representation of themselves like on the show.
What are some of your favorite book titles?
2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles”
Six of Crows is a very strange title. I still need to read that book.
I love Six of Crows! 🙂 I found a title sort of like Royce Rolls recently–Homegoing, which I tried to write as Homecoming a couple of times. My TTT