Top Ten Tuesday: Extraordinary book titles
These titles make it clear what I should expect in the book, cause me to want to discover the title in the text, or make me laugh
1. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Who hasn't wondered if God was there and if He cares about our concerns? I think this book title is perfect.
2. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
This hilarious title sets up the young readers to expect something zany.
3. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
The title of this book made me search it out to read. The book is even funnier than the title.
4. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
The title is odd and so is this mystery of who killed the dog. I love how the title gets the reader ready for something different.
5. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
This title is very surreal and so is the book. How can a cake be sad? How can a man turn into a chair?
6. The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Everyone in this book is off-kilter, especially Ignacious J. Riley who is the biggest dunce of all.
7. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The title comes to life in the book when we learn that Carl is really from another world. It is an absolutely remarkable title.
8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I've often wondered how people could ever fall in love during times of high stress. We find out here in this magical realism classic.
9. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
The title is funny enough to attract readers.
10. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Another funny title that helps reader decide to choose it knowing that to some degree it is humorous.
11. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
When I found the title in the text I let out an audible gasp. I love it when authors hide the title in the text so it feels like a game to find it.
12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
What is a part-time Indian? You'll find out if you read the book.
13. And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
This whole list could be populated with Dr. Seuss titles: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Cat in the Hat; and Green Eggs and Ham are prime examples. But Mulberry Street started them all as Dr. Seuss's first book.
14. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
We refer to bad days by this title even years after we first read it.
15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick
Good question. All Philip K. Dick's books pose questions like this one.
16. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
We actually discussed the meaning of this title in book club and we had a difference of opinion. I love it when book titles themselves evoke discussion.
I'll stop, but could keep going.
What books do you think have extraordinary titles?