Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. As I feel most comfortable with smaller numbers, I’ll be making a top 5 instead.
Today we’ll be covering 5 extraordinary book titles!
5. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
I love when book titles are self-aware. I remember seeing this in the library and immediately going “What??” and checking it out.
4. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
This one comes with a little story.
I’ll admit, the reason that this stuck out to me was not because of the title itself. I had been making my way through the roster of films from my favorite Japanese actress, Maki Horikita. I saw that she had filmed a movie with my favorite Japanese singer, Tegoshi Yuya (the love of my life before I found SHINee, if you could believe such a time existed). Needless to say, I was delighted to see them together. And then I noticed someone else in the cast list… Emma Roberts??? What??? So I watched the movie, with this strange title and strange cast and saw that it was based on a book. So I requested it at the library and the rest was history.
(What a weird time, though…)
3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I mean…. come on.
2. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
One of my favorite things to do in the Young Readers section at Barnes and Noble is to just browse through the shelves by title only. No pretty covers to entice you (middle grade covers are incredible), just the spines and their fun titles. This one stuck out to me mostly because of the stars. I’m so glad it did, because this is one of my favorite middle grade books and probably books of all time now.
1. When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
Apparently, this one has caused some “controversy” in my family. My parents have both been telling me about this book since I was a child. They said that one of my great-aunts hated the title because “how can you just not be Puerto Rican anymore? You can’t change that!” It was a funny enough anecdote to me that I finally read it and loved it. But looking back, the more I learn about my identity, the more I want to read it again and dissect the title and its meaning.
What are some titles that have caught your eye during your reading life?