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.
This week’s topic is Books I’d Give Different Titles To (and tell us what title you’d pick!) I am…not going to pick new titles because that is too much but I can definitely tell you some titles I don’t like!
- Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. I didn’t read this book for the LONGEST time because of the title. It is AWFUL, the original cover is AWFUL, and I never even read the description because I just couldn’t get past it. I finally read some reviews that convinced me and of course I loved it, but man, I wish it would get a title change.
- There’s Someone Inside Your House, by Stephanie Perkins. Certainly not as bad, but I loved this take on a scary movie from Stephanie and the title is just clunky.
- The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord. Clunky, I never actually say it right, and I’m pretty sure it’s grammatically incorrect (Laura pls confirm or deny).
- every single A ____ of ____ and ____ title (looking at you, A Court of Thorns and Roses series). There are a bunch of these, and they all bug me. They’re too long and THEY DON’T MEAN ANYTHING. They never tell you anything about the book, they’re just words that sound good together.
- every single title involving serpents/snakes WHY ARE THERE A HUNDRED THIS YEAR ALONE. Look some of us have an irrational fear of snakes and even having to type the word in this post has been a struggle. Some of us can’t even look at pictures of them, so we’re REALLY HAVING A TIME with these covers and it’d be super if they’d stop. And again, THEY NEVER EVEN MEAN ANYTHING. Serpent & Dove, by Shelby Mahurin is one of my favorites of the year, and I will fully admit that it has nothing to do with what’s inside the book. Literally any other title would give you the same amount of information.
- Divergent/Insurgent/Allegiant, by Veronica Roth. Divergent itself is fine, I guess, but I really take issue with them trying to rhyme the other two titles with this completely unrhymable word and I mean, why?
- Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire. Here’s another meaningless one. And when the author decided to write a bunch of follow-ups, they also all start with “Beautiful”
- Easy, by Tammara Webber. One of the better NAs I’ve ever read, but the title has always really bugged me. It implies it’s about something totally different than it is.
- Flat-Out Love, by Jessica Park. Blech. There are also Flat-Out Celeste and a Flat-Out Matt continuations.
- Alex, Approximately, by Jenn Bennett. Jenn can do no wrong, except this title. The book itself is amazing, and the title doesn’t make sense for it. What is approximate about him? Who knows.