Discussion: book titles

I see a lot of posts about superficial things that draw people to books. Almost always, it’s the cover. But I think titles are just as important. There are some books that I read simply because the title caught my attention. Sometimes the books were a let down, sometimes they were really great. I thought it’d be interesting to look at my favourite titles, both of the books I’ve read and the books on my TBR.

Books I’ve read

The Glass Castle: this is one of my all-time favourite books, but honestly the title is what compelled me to read it. A friend’s mom recommended it to me and I honestly wouldn’t have remembered it’s name if it wasn’t for the title.

Boy, Snow, Bird: the title of this is just so simple yet intriguing. The story behind it is fine too, but the title and cover are what attracted me originally.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: I just really like this title, and I don’t really have a good reason. I really enjoyed the book too.

I am the Messenger: again, another favourite book of mine where I was mainly drawn in by the title.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: somehow poetic but not in a pretentious way. I always really liked the aesthetics of this book; the title and the cover totally match and I love it.


1Q84: this is just such an interesting title, with such an interesting premise too.

The Face on the Milk Carton: this 100% suggest kidnapping, and I love reading about kidnappings. It’s not the most eloquent title, but I like it nonetheless.

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls: this again is such an interesting title and it totally drew me in.

Ready Player One: I read this title and thought “this sounds like a book about a video game” and wow was I right.

The Rest of us Just Live Here: this is such a snarky title and I kind of love it?

Strange the Dreamer: this is so wishy-washy of a title and I wasn’t sure I read it correctly the first time I read it, but I love it.

Wink, Poppy, Midnight: honestly, this title is what inspired me to write this post. I know nothing about the book, and it has a relatively low rating on Goodreads, but the title is compelling me to read it.

It appears that I like simple titles (no surprise there) that are vague yet descriptive (ex. Boy, Snow, Bird). What are your favourite book titles?

Thanks for reading! xx

18 thoughts on “Discussion: book titles

  1. Titles are certainly an interesting way to get hooked on a book! I usually get hooked by the covers, but in some cases for me it was the title as well. For example, Ready Player One is on my TBR list because of the title, too.

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  2. I think titles are very important. For example, I was put off Anna and the French Kiss because of the title but I read it and loved the book. I just hate that title haha. I think one of my favourite titles is It’s Kind of a Funny Story, and I love how it confuses people when they ask what my favourite book is 👌🏻😂 But there are so so many titles I love. This was a great post!

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    1. Omg I totally agree about Anna and the French Kiss! The name plus the horrible first cover ALMOST put me off of reading it!
      I also really like It’s Kind of a Funny Story! I think the title is what drew me to it initially.
      Thanks so much! 🙂 ❤

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  3. Love this post! Ready Player One is an amazing book, hope you get around to reading it soon 🙂
    I love the title of Wink, Poppy, Midnight but was super disappointed by the actual book unfortunately.
    I find it quite hard to distinguish between liking a book and actually liking a title haha! Geekerella and Eliza and her Monsters are pretty good titles I think! And ‘This is our story’ definitely had me intrigued right away.

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    1. Thank you!
      I hope to read Ready Player One soon! I’ve heard disappointing things about Wink, Poppy, Midnight but I think I might give it a chance anyway lol.
      I like the title Eliza and her Monsters too! But Geekerella almost made me not want to read the book tbh. I’ve heard great things so I probably will, but definitely not because of the title haha.
      I haven’t heard much of This is our Story, but the title makes it sound super interesting!

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  4. I have a thing for long-winded book titles. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I think they just have so much personality and it always gets me excited. I’m in the minority as I loved Wink Poppy Midnight. I hope you give it a go soon. It’s an unusual novel, but the characters are so compelling.

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