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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday - Extraordinary Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Artsy Reader.  You can see her blog HERE.  Follow along with the fun!

Today's topic is:

Extraordinary Book Titles

These will be my opinion, of course.  I am drawn to a book by the title first and foremost.  If the title seems interesting, I pick the book up, or look it up on Amazon to see what it is about.

But what makes them Extraordinary?  I have no idea.  So I am going to list just some titles that drew me to the book in the first place and then caused me to read it.  And in the end, became a book I am glad I finished.

I am going to try to use titles of books I don't use often in these Top Ten Tuesdays.  It is hard when you have favorite books that fit all kinds of these lists.

I have linked to the Amazon page for each book - so just click on the title if you want to read what the book is about.

1) And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

This is a very short book by one of my favorite authors.  He packs a whole story about Alzheimers into 96 pages.  It is definitely worth a read.


2) The Astonishing Color of After

The title of this one drew me in the first time I saw it on instagram.  And then it became a favorite read for me so far this year.  IT is an incredible book.  I highly recommend.

3) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

If you have not read this book, you need to put it in your TBR pile.  It is about a boy with Autism and his adventure after he discovers that a neighbor's dog has been killed.  The story is incredible.  I have seen the play in New York City and it is equally as good.

4) Ella Minnow Pea

What a great title, right?  It is a book I read to my kids and it is just the silliest and most fun book.  The town keeps forbidding its citizens to use certain letters when they talk and it makes it harder and harder for people to talk.  It is a fun book that is worth a read.

5) A Fall of Marigolds

The title of this one drew me in when I saw it in the bookstore.  And then it became one of my all time favorite books.  The story is increidble.  And it is extemely well written.  I recommend it to everyone.

6) The Lovely Bones

This is an oldie but goodie.  The title gives you no clues about what this book is going to be about.  One of the most disturbing reads I have ever read.  And I have seen the movie as well.  I recommend both.
7) The Ocean At the End of the Lane

This was my first Neil Gaiman book.  The title drew me in, and the book ended up being incredible.  I have gone on to read just about everything he writes, thanks to this one book.

8) Salt To The Sea

This book title really drew me in.  Once I read the back, I knew it was something I wanted to try.  And I am so glad I did.  This book was amazing.  You have to read it.

9) Savvy

Years ago, I attended a book conference that was held about kids and young adult books.  A young library who was incredibly passionate about getting young people to read, talked about the lending library she had in her own home.  Students could even come to her house and borrow books that she had - because she had 100s.  She spoke about this book - Savvy - as one of her favorite books for middle grade, that I knew we had to try it.  I read it with my eldest daughter and we loved it.  It is an incredible book

10) Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers

This book drew me in as soon as I saw the title and cover.  I love non-fiction books, and after my parents decided to donate their bodies to science, I knew I would have to read this book (and then make them read it).  It is a light touch on a heavy subject, and I really enjoyed this book.  Learned a lot.  And I went on to read Mary Roach's other book.

What titles draw you in?


  1. I remember seeing The Lovely Bones (kind of) and hearing from classmates that it's SUPER disturbing. Titles also draw me in first - ones that are unusual or make me laugh or really quirky ones that are easy to remember are those I guess I categorize as extraordinary?

    1. Yes. The book more so than the movie. I have children and it always freaked me out about that happening to them. I agree - titles that make me laugh are excellent draws to a book!