What's in a Name?
Last week I talked about book covers and which ones worked for me and which ones didn’t. Becca made the comment that if we didn’t have covers to look at, we’d judge a book by its title. So of course I decided to do the same thing but looking only at a book’s title instead of the whole cover. And in keeping with that, I’m not going to post the covers at all so you guys can see what you think. Oh, all right. I’ll link to their Goodreads pages so you can check out the ones you really like.
- One of the tricks of writing compelling sentences or plot elements is to break expectations. I think this one does that very well. It's very ordinary until suddenly it's not.
- You just know this is going to be fun
- I picked this book up because it sounded like “misery” and that was too intriguing to pass up. I think some of the best titles are the ones that mean more after you’ve read the book and know all the implications.
- What deed? What awesome thing does this chick do to get a book named after her? Actually, it’s the title of the series, but still great.
- You don’t need to see the cover. The title says it all.
- This is a sad story. Originally Janice Hardy called this book The Pain Merchants. So unexpected and intriguing, right? The publisher decided to go with The Shifter which turned it into just another fantasy novel. Sigh.
- As much as I love this book, I’m just not a fan of titles that are names.
- You are? Where are numbers one, two, and three? I picked this book up just to answer that question.
- Was there ever a title with a less deserving book behind it?
- It’s hard to name a fantasy without sounding vague or cheesy. Brandon Sanderson’s got it down.
- I have no idea what this is about but I have to read it.
- Probably my favorite title of all time.
So what titles grab you and make you want to pick up the book?