I find book titles really important. A good number of my bookish pet peeves have to do with a book’s title. I’m ready to retire “The X’s Wife/Daughter” for good, and I get slightly annoyed at overtly long modern book titles. All that to say, titles are really important. They set the tone and feel for the story, but shouldn’t give away too much. Some of my favorite book titles are:
- Any of the books in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, but especially Monsters of Men
I haven’t read past The Knife of Never Letting Go yet, but the reason I picked up the book was because of the title. The titles for this trilogy are just really spectacular and fit with the plot of the book. It starts with the knife in the first book, and continues through the idea that war makes monsters of men, hence the title for the last book. Some of my favorite titles for books ever.
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
This title establishes some of the spiritual questions that will be asked throughout the book, and also identifies Owen Meany as someone who will need prayer. It never lets you forget the importance of the title character.
- The Fault in Our Stars, or any other book by John Green
I haven’t read a John Green book yet, but all of his books have the best titles. Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, and Abundance of Katherines, etc. I love them all. They all seemed perfectly titled.
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Despite my normal aversion to long book titles, this is one of the few long book titles I actually like. I adored this book , and I can’t think what else this book could possibly be titled that would do it justice.
I’m curious to know what your favorite(and least favorite, if you’re so inclined!) book titles are. Titles are so important, but I see so few blog post discussing them compared to aspects of books like covers. One of the most annoying things in reading life is a book with a misleading title, in my opinion!