Name Dropping: Ten Book Titles I Love

Most of my reading is a happy accident. While I read reviews and take book recommendations from wherever I can get them, I often end up reading something because of a pretty basic reason. The cover looked fun. It’s short enough—or long enough—to fill the time I need. More often lately, I pick up a book because it was the one closest to my hands.

And then there are the titles. Truly, a good or unique title can make the difference between me noticing a book or leaving it on the shelf. So for this Top Ten Tuesday, here are ten titles I love … and which probably contributed to me reading them in the first place.

“..and then we’ll get him!”
by Daniel Handler

Gahan Wilson was the master of the macabre cartoon, and the wonderfully creepy devilish title was my introduction to his work.

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Auntie Uncle: Drag Queen Hero
by Ellie Royce
illustrated by Hannah Chambers

This one basically speaks for itself, but who can resist an Auntie Uncle?

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The Black Flamingo
by Dean Atta

Whenever I see a title that includes my favorite animal I take notice. Fortunately, this is an amazing verse novel.

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The Healer of the Water Monster
by Brian Young

Rarely has a title conjured up such powerful images like this one. It’s perfect.

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Hope in the Holler
by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Having grown up near a locally infamous holler, I couldn’t resist this one.

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The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

Perhaps the only time a standardized test was useful: In middle school, this book was mentioned on a state exam. I couldn’t get the title out of my head and soon fell in love with Tan’s work.

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The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death
by Daniel Pinkwater

Pinkwater has written a lot of odd—and wonderful—things, but this title is up there.

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The Phantom of Tollbooth
by Norton Juster
illustrated by Jules Feiffer

One of my favorite titles of all time. Evocative and a little peculiar, it made this charming book nearly impossible not to pick up.

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Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt
by Patricia C. McKissack
illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

After first learning about Gee’s Bend and the residents who make some of the most amazing quilts, I stumbled across this picture book. How could I resist?

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
illustrated by Julie Vivas

Well, with a name like that…

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Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

35 Comments

  1. I still need to read Black Flamingo – heard so much goodness about it. And The Healer of the Water Monster is SO good as a title! This is my TTT this week, half covers and half titles.

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    1. I cannot recommend The Black Flamingo highly enough, especially if you enjoy novels in verse.

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  2. “…and then we’ll get him!” is a fantastic title, and this is a fantastic list! I’ve read The Black Flamingo, The Joy Luck Club, and The Phantom Tollbooth and loved all of them! Such great titles (and stories).

    My TTT: https://cahughesbookreviews.com/2021/08/02/top-10-tuesday-titles-or-covers-that-made-me-want-to-read-buy-the-book/

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    1. I love that title so much! It’s what made me pick up that book in the first place, which was my introduction to his cartoons. So macabre and ridiculously funny.

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  3. myexpandingbookshelf says:

    Nice list! I haven’t read any of these but The Joy Luck Club is on my TBR. The Avocado title is certainly an unusual one!

    My TTT

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    1. I can’t recommend The Joy Luck Club highly enough—or really, any book by Amy Tan.

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    1. I adore that one. Such a charming picture book!

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  4. It’s always a happy experience for me to see a book that makes me look twice and then read the book and love it.

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    1. Exactly! There’s something great about browsing and having a title suddenly stop you.

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  5. masterspj says:

    I love fun titles! It is generally the first thing that draws me to a book.

    When you get the chance, I hope you check out my post: https://readbakecreate.com/15-book-covers-that-scream-summer/

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    1. Exactly! I love when a good title sticks out on the shelf.

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    1. I love that book. One of the funniest and most tragic first lines in a novel I’ve ever read.

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  6. Great list! I’ve heard such good things about The Black Flamingo.

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    1. I cannot recommend it highly enough—especially if you’re into novels in verse!

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  7. Lori says:

    Great list! I focused more on covers this week, but another fun title is “I Am Not A Serial Killer” by Dan Wells. I couldn’t GET my card swiped fast enough. Did not disappoint.

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    1. Oh, that’s such a good title … I have that one on my TBR pile. It’s been waiting on me for ages now.

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  8. Susan says:

    Fun covers! While I’m sure there are books I’ve picked up solely because of their covers, I couldn’t think of any specific titles this morning. Sometimes my memory just doesn’t want to work. THE JOY-LUCK CLUB, though, is one I probably picked up because of its unique title. It’s a great book for lots of reasons.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. Always happy to see someone else who enjoys that book! It’s one of my favorites. In middle school, it was mentioned in a state examination I had to take. There were a couple of questions that only featured the name, and I remember being curious because I hadn’t heard of it before. Then there was a section featuring an excerpt from it and I fell in love with the writing.

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  9. lissa says:

    I really never thought ‘The Joy Luck Club’ as particular unique or interesting book title but seeing it here now, I think there’s something intriguing those four words. In Chinese traditions, joy and luck are the two words that are often used for all the happy events like new year’s and weddings and birthdays.

    I guess I would read a book with a title like ‘The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death’ because I wonder why avocados are deadly.

    Great list. Have a lovely day.

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    1. I think you’re onto something with that. Four words that aren’t particularly remarkable on their own, but work together beautifully in this case … But then, I just really love that book.

      The Snarkout Boys, without a doubt, is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s as strong as its title.

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  10. I’ve always loved The Phantom Tollbooth title. I remember my 4th grade teacher reading that book to the class.

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    1. Oh, I love that. There’s something special about those classroom books you still remember even years later.

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  11. All these titles sound so interesting!

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  12. The Black Flamingo was excellent. Great list this week!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. One of my favorites! But then, I’m a total sucker for a novel in verse.

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  13. lghiggins says:

    What a great list. I love your comment about standardized testing. I’m glad you got some use out of that test. I love the title The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death. It sounds like a fun book!

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    1. After years of taking them, it was nice to have some payoff. The Snarkout Boys is such a great title. And one of the wildest books I’ve ever read!

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  14. Carla says:

    All great titles and covers, Christopher. I love Mem Fox books.

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    1. Mem Fox is one of my favorites. Can never go wrong with her books.

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