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Extraordinary Book Titles

“Chapter the first, in which the Messenger of the Immortals arrives in a surprising shape, looking for a permanent vessel; and after being chased by her through the woods, indie kid Finn meets his final fate.”

First line in The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Hi, you lovely people. I’m here with another Top Ten Tuesday post and this time the topic is extraordinary book titles. It’s the kind of topic that is open to interpretation because what is an extraordinary title really? For me that means titles that are completely their own. Titles that can never fit another book and at the same time captures the essence of the content of the book. I have found ten examples of those unique book titles and I’m very excited to share them with you.

Remember, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Go check out her blog for future topics.

As mentioned, I have ten titles for you. The first 5 are titles of books I’ve already read while the last 5 are books I want to read. Many of these books caught my attention by their title so enjoy!

Books I’ve Read

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Reasons for being awesome:

  • The promise of mischief.
  • All the L’s. I love saying it out loud.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Reasons for being awesome:

  • The hint of both America and Britain and their blending together.
  • It fits the story perfectly. 

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Reasons for being awesome:

  • Sounds like something out of a Shakespeare play.
  • Could also be the title of a dramatic song in a Broadway musical (the true goal of all book titles).

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Reasons for being awesome:

  • Hilarious!
  • Makes you intrigued as to who ‘the rest of us’ are. And why are they just living there?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Reasons for being awesome:

  • You know the ending but still want to read it (how is that even possible?)
  • You know you’re going to cry so no unpleasant surprise there.

Books on My TBR

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

Reasons for being awesome:

  • It reminds me of the song by The Beatles called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (which is funny because I don’t listen to The Beatles).
  • The implication that there’s an entire hotel filled with loneliness and sadness (I like depressing books, alright)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Reasons for being awesome:

  • It’s way too long. I love it.
  • Makes me imagine a cute, little planet with a face on it. I just want to give it hug.

Autoboyograhy by Christina Lauren

Reason for being awesome:

  • Clever!
  • You might need to read it twice to get it.

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

Reasons for being awesome:

  • The word ‘library’.
  • Hints at a library with secrets. What is unwritten??

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

Reasons for being awesome:

  • So relatable!
  • Thought-provoking in the best way possible. 

8 thoughts on “Extraordinary Book Titles

  1. Oh, hello fellow YA book lover! They Both Die and Autoboyography (especially love this title) are both on my TBR. I’ve been on the fence about adding A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet because it’s described as a “space opera” and I’m not very much into fantasy in writing, let alone a space opera! I hadn’t heard of You Asked For Perfect but definitely sounds interesting, so I’ll have to check that one out. Stopping by from the linkup 🙂

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    1. I’m also a bit wary of A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet so it’s not something I’ll be picking up right this second. I haven’t heard it described as space opera before. I’m not really into those either.
      However, You Asked for Perfect just sounds really cool 😀

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  2. Great list! I especially like the titles for ‘Muse of Nightmares’ and ‘The Library of the Unwritten.’ I think the cover art for ‘The Library of the Unwritten’ is awesome too. How have I never heard of this book?? 🙂

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