Top Ten…Thursday? – Titles that are better than this one

Yes, yes, I know the meme is Top Ten Tuesday, not Top Ten Thursday,  but I already had a scheduled post for a blog tour on Tuesday, so I figured I might as well put this one up now. Last week was crazy, now I’m getting sick, and this is about the best I can manage, so…sorry if the quality is subpar.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Extraordinary Book Titles,” which was a challenging choice for me, because…well…there are a lot of good book titles out there? It’s hard to find ones that really stand out. For this list, the first half is books with great titles that I’ve actually read, and the second half is ones still on my TBR. Let’s go.

5 I’ve read…

1. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I would call this title “too much,” but it is oddly perfect for the book. And you don’t get much more extraordinary, either.

2. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

This is as wonderful poetry collection, and it fully lives up to the title. Would strongly recommend.

3. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I have used this one for a TTT before, but I really do like the title. I think the subtitle is especially delightful.

4. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Fun fact: this title sounds like just beautiful, imaginative description, but it is actually quite literal in the context of the book.

5. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

I read this one back in elementary school, I think, but I remember really enjoying it. Plus, dangerous pie? Count me in.

…and 5 I haven’t yet!

6. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Obviously, the answer to this is not “be a Time Lord,” but it does call Doctor Who to mind.

7. This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel J. Levitin

Clever inversion of the anti-drug campaign slogan, no? (Also, I actually read several chapters of this book for a college course several years ago, but I haven’t read the entire thing, so I have assigned it to the TBR side of this list.)

8. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

I think this one has also been made into a movie? Haven’t seen it, but would still like to!

9. Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

I don’t have much to comment on here. It’s just a nice sarcastic title.

10. Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Pips, Piths, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory by Roy Blount Jr.

Yes, that is the entire title, as evidenced by its Goodreads page.

So what do you think? Have you read any of these? (Especially the ones on my TBR–let me know if they’re any good!)

Until next time,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)

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