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.
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?
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.
The Healer of the Water Monster
by Brian Young
Rarely has a title conjured up such powerful images like this one. It’s perfect.
Hope in the Holler
by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Having grown up near a locally infamous holler, I couldn’t resist this one.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
illustrated by Julie Vivas
Well, with a name like that…
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.