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Monday, October 12, 2020

TTT: Novels with extra-long titles

 Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite novels with extra-long titles.

1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Owning Making by Catherynne M. Valente. All the books in this series, of which this is the first, have deliciously long titles. I absolutely love this one. Say it out loud. It rolls off the tongue in an amazing way.

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I think this is very clever. It gets the reader past the starting spot in a hurry.

3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonnasson. The book is nearly as silly as the title and I laughed my way through it.

4. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman. I just finished this gem. What a fun and unique book. Its subtitle helps set the stage.

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Maybe not as long as some but a title worth repeating for the brilliance of the book.

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. The heart and soul of this book is as big as the title is long.

7. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by D.C. Pierson. The title once again gets the readers off to a good start.

8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. I was always trying to get students to read this hilarious book and never had much luck at it. Do you think it was the title that did it in?

9. The Girl Who Fell Below Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. I decided that I loved the first title so much I should share the title of the second book in the series.

10. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. A book as fun as its title.

Note: as I perused by reading list I noticed it is usually nonfiction titles with long subtitles that were the likely subjects of today's TTT. I decided to stick with YA and Adult fiction titles only. Hence I don't have any of those big, long, wraparound things that you find on nonfiction books.



  1. I love these! So many good ones. I've always loved Curious Incident's title. Basically sets up the entire book while being entertaining.

  2. Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is not only long but it is daunting to say. I'm in the mood for hilarious, so I may see if I can find it.

  3. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland has been on many lists this week! Good pick.

    My post.

  4. I've heard good things about The Girl Who Circumnavigated... but haven't read it yet! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. Ah the Princess Bride. Can you believe I've never read that? Yikes. Aristotle and Dante is a neat one also.

  6. THE PRINCESS BRIDE is such a fun movie and book. I'm glad you finally discovered it!

    Happy TTT!

  7. The Fairyland books definitely have long titles, some great selections here :D

    Here's my TTT if you want to have a look https://readwithstefani.com/books-with-milelong-titles-on-my-tbr/ Happy reading!

  8. Great list! I also got the Fairyland books on my list!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  9. I was surprised how many fiction titles could be found without having to go the non-fiction route as well! Some excellent choices here.

  10. I think Valente's book(s) might win for the greatest # of syllables I've seen w/ out subtitles so far. Absolutely no one is ever going to duplicate THAT title...

    I love that you stuck w/ fiction for this list. I haven't heard of The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep... and it looks interesting. I do have to admit that the title was the main reason I never pulled out the Lockhart book (albeit strictly due to the word "disreputable," which appears much less suspect now that I've read its actual summary), but then again I was in college by the time it came out.

  11. I'm not sure why authors choose long titles, most of us end up shortening them! I also noticed that it's nonfiction that has the longest; it's the stuff that comes after the colon.


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