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What are the best book titles?
Today I am finding myself pondering over what makes for a really great book title. Some of my favorite book titles are from books I haven't liked; some from books I haven't even read! Something about them just makes them "sticky."
Here's a few examples of the ones that just stuck to me for some reason!
WHEN LOVE CALLS, YOU BETTER ANSWER (Contemporary Romance)
PALE FIRE (Literary Fiction)
GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER (Literary Fiction, Comedic Fiction)
LIFE IS ELSEWHERE (Literary Fiction)
DON'T LETS GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT (Memoir)
THE PALACE THIEF (Literary Fiction)
TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (Science Fiction)
IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY (Travel)
I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF (Memoir/Essays)
A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY (Historical YA)
PERSUASION (Regency Romance)
What do other members think? Do you have a list you'll share?
So curious to hear what others think!
Book Country Community and Engagement Manager
Loving these titles. Especially the one you were writing in high school: A Land More Kind Than Home. Gorgeous!!
I also love Mila-18--great book with a very earworm-y title.
Thanks for posting these. This has been a lonely discussion thread so far, but it's still a topic that I think about so much! Glad to have your input--lovely way to start the day.
Lucy: Your topic of what are the best book titles deserves more discussion. A working title is unimportant; that final selection, however, can make or break a novel. Reliance on one-word titles, a common practice of late, is often a sloppy solution. Would Steinbeck, for example, have had any success with a book titled GRAPES! Moreover, misguided titles beyond a single word never suffice. How many readers would J.K. Rowling have attracted with a book called JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY? I have a new novel titled THE TIN ANGELS, much better, I should think, than the original SHOWDOWN AT STINKING BOOT. As you well know, the art of writing can be rife with epiphanies. A swell title can pop up from, seemingly, out of nowhere. When slogging knee-deep in the bog of creativity, we should pay attention to the little secrets hidden in the deepest crevices of our tumbling prose.A great title often lurks in the labyrinth of well-crafted sentences. When with all our creative might we have given birth to sentences that soar with the eagles, we'll be rewarded with all that is required to write a satisfying book.
Some of my favorite book titles:
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (ya)
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO (lit fic)
A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS (lit fic)
THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE (crime fiction)
It is amusing how a good title can grab you and then disappoint with the first page, isn't it? I've actually read all on my list. The disappointments must have been deleted from my memory
Ordeal by Fire (Nonfiction)
A Monstrous Regiment of Women (historical mystery)
The Burning Land (historical thriller)
The Thirteenth Tale
The Seduction of Water
A River in the Sky
Hi CN! I love this one: A MONSTROUS REGIMENT OF WOMEN. How intriguing!
I had a copy of THE THIRTEENTH TALE for a while, but it got lost in one of my many apartment moves. How was it?