Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is changing the titles of books. Here are my choices:
- A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
When I saw the title of the newest book in The Hunger Games, I was slightly disappointed. I’m sure the title will have a lot of meaning with the new story, however, I find it similar to so many books currently on the YA market right now. The Hunger Games was a stand-out book, not just in YA but in popular culture, in this title just does not come across as punch or iconic as the original.
- Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney
I think I don’t like this title because it is very misleading. From this title, you would gather that this book is a spin-off of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. However, this book focuses way more on Greg than it does on Rowley. As a result, I was extremely disappointed after reading this book. I feel like this should have either been added to the original series or scrapped completely to focus more on Rowley.
- How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Carole Kozzo
Not going to lie, if I hadn’t read a book by Carole Kozzo that I enjoyed before this, I probably would have never picked up this one based on the title alone. When I read this title, I cringed. This book mainly focuses on Nikki Baylor, a girl ostracized from her peers after she shares personal photos of another girl in her class as revenge. In the story, Nikki meets Pax, a rugby player who uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed, and they develop a relationship. I am not someone in a wheelchair, but I could see how this title could be considered offensive since it makes a pun on a character’s disability. Additionally, the book focuses more on Nikki, so it comes across as more related to her storyline, negative choices as the result of toxic friendships, which is nowhere comparable to Pax, who became paralyzed after an accident.
- How to Love by Katie Cotugno
I think that I do not like this title because I feel like it does not match the book very well. While the title could be representative of the main character’s relationship with her daughter, it makes me think more about her relationship with one of the love interest’s in this book which I did not enjoy.
- From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
I think the title of this book plays well with the letters featured in this book that Twinkle writes. That being said, I did not really care for the letters in this book because I felt that they did add much to the story. As a result, the title makes me think of one of the weaker parts of this book which gives me negative feelings whenever I think about it.
- Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
I am a huge fan of plays on words, but this one just feels a little awkward. I think the original title of this story was The Cell Phone Swap which I prefer much more than this title.
- Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
I received an eARC of this book and at the time, the title was just Bookish Boyfriends. I thought it was a cute title and it was one of my motivating factors for requesting this book on NetGalley. However, this book turned into a companion series. Now, there seems to be a lot of text on the cover. While I do like alliterations, there is just a lot going on. I would have preferred if this book kept the initial title.
- Royce Rolls by Margaret Stoll
Like some other titles on this list, I like the play on words of this title. On the other hand, this title is a bit of a tongue twister for me! While I think this title does suit this book, I’m glad I’m a book blogger and not a Booktuber because I would definitely struggle to pronounce this one camera!
- P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
I like how this book follows the theme of this series and references letters. However, this title reminds me of what I felt about this book: not my favorite in the series and a little generic.
- The Winner’s Crime and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
I really enjoy this series, but the last two titles aren’t my favorites. It is very common in YA books, especially fantasy series, to have similar wording in the titles. However, the last two titles are not as nearly as clever as the first. The Winner’s Kiss is especially cringe-worthy to me and I feel like it does not accurately reflect the last book, which has one of the most well-done war-focused plot lines that I’ve seen in YA.
3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Would Give Different Titles”
Great choices! I forgot about Royce Rolls. I agree that it sounds weird out loud and I have to make sure I’m saying it right. I’m sure I would mess it up if I had to say it multiple times.
Some of these are just too long. I feel like titles need to be easy to repeat to others. Great list!
Totally agree with Songbirds and Snakes. It feels less punchy than the other titles and like… I feel like we should be expecting Panem: A History from it. Plus, I hope that’s not the final cover. Cause it’s awful.