Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles!

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is: unique book titles!
I wasn't sure exactly what direction I wanted to go with this, so I just decided to stick to the basics and pick some titles that particularly stand out to me and don't fit the mold of most titles that you see out in the book world. 

by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst
A single letter for a title doesn't seem overly common.

by Haruki Murkami
The mix of letters and numbers makes this one a bit tricky at first glance and always proves for an interesting title.

by Salman Rushdie
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

by William S. Burroughs & Jack Kerouac
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
I feel as though this one is self-explanatory... (poor hippos) 

by Catherynne Valente
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)
I personally just love these titles. I love the length, the whimsical sound of them, and how they just promise a story full of adventure and fantasy.

by Charles Benoit
It just feels much more personal than most titles...

by Vikas Swarup

by Dave Eggers
What Is the What
But really, what is the what? 
Seriously though, this is the type of title where you say, "I'm reading a book called What is the What." 
"What is the What."
"No, you're not funny. What are you reading?"
"What is the what."
"Ugh, nevermind."

by Melanie Benjamin
Alice I Have Been
And Jordan I have been. I actually really like this title.

by James Davidson
Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens
Okay, so the format of this title isn't all that unique, but how often to do you hear courtesans and fishcakes being used int he same phrase?

by Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance (The Rat, #4)
I also don't see many titles with the same word repeated not just once, but an additional two times.

What are some of the most unique titles you've heard?


  1. Something I keep hoping to see but haven't come across yet are books by Paul Zindel. Pardon Me, But You're Stepping on My Eyeball was always a personal favorite. :D

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  2. I've got an Eggers on my list, too! Have you read 1Q84? It's on my TBR and I'm really not sure how I'm going to feel about it

  3. All the titles you've chosen are very unique indeed!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:


  4. I’ve read What is the What. It does have a strange title.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. I am so intrigued with the hippo book. I hope no hippos were harmed! I have read Q&A which was retitled Slumdog Millionaire to match the movie version. My TTT