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Monday, September 15, 2008

Do you notice book titles? Do you have a favorite? I see the "What's you favorite novel?" question all the time, but no one ever asks about titles. I ask because a. I'm curious and b. this week I'm giving away a bunch of books with pretty creative titles.

They are: How NOT to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (a collection of short stories featuring one by Ellen Hopkins), Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah, and Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

So let me know what you think about book titles and if you have a favorite, be sure to share what it is! I'll be taking comments through Friday, September 19th and then I'll draw four names at random and each of those four people will get a free book. You can only enter once, but you can enter regardless of where you live (I will ship books overseas) and if you've won something from me before.

Also! I want to congratulate Pam, Brittney, Ashley, Katherine, Nancy, Audrey, Taylor, Dominique, Beth and Jenna, who won my latest mailing list contest, and then share some links:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has two excellent posts that I think everyone should read: Thoughts on YA and Finding (and Keeping) the Love

I'm pretty sure I've posted this one before, but a link to it popped up in a discussion I was reading the other day and so I went and reread Holly Lisle's Ordering to the Net...Or How to Kill a Career in Three Easy Books and was reminded all over again of how fascinating it is.

And finally, if you're interested, I wrote about my most memorable summer for The Story Siren


OpenID robinwasserman said...

My favorite title has long been "One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies." LOVE it.

September 15, 2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh enter me, unless i win breaking up is hard to do...i own it, so it would be better in a new home.

but let's see...I always love looking at book titles. Some are crazy and kind of deter me from reading, but others just make you want to pick it up and check it out.

I love the titles in the Georgia Nicholson seris like Angus, thongs, and full frontal snogging and knocked out by my nunga nungas (just to name a couple)


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September 15, 2008 4:22 PM  
OpenID pinkbilly5 said...

Hmm...let's see, I don't believe I have a favorite book title, but the book I'm currently reading is called Pants On Fire, so I guess that's pretty unique. I do have a favorite book thouhg, it's 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky!

September 15, 2008 6:08 PM  
Blogger Khyrinthia said...

I don't have a favorite book title, but I do pick up books solely because of their title. Sometimes I don't even read the summary, just grab it and read it because I like the title.

September 15, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger The Book Muncher said...

i love book titles. especially cuz the interesting ones usually turn out to be good.

lately my favorite book title has been The Fruit of My Lipstick. cute, huh? i also really love Death by Bikini and Death by Latte (as well as the stories).

September 15, 2008 6:28 PM  
Blogger A Literate Musician said...

Favorite title? Definately An Abundance of Katherines. It's by John Green. Which reminds me... he does this thing where you add "in my pants" to every title. So, An Abundance of Katherines in My Pants is definately my favorite title.

Oh, and I finished Living Dead Girl. WOW. It was pretty inteense. It was very different from your other novels, but I loved it. I wish there was more on the end, but I love making up my own endings too. Great job.

September 15, 2008 8:04 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

My favorite title would be "A Certain Slant of Light. "

September 15, 2008 11:05 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Book titles definitely grab my attention. It's a quick way of figuring out what a book is about. I do enjoy the title "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"-- it's so wordy that I just have to find out more!

September 16, 2008 8:22 AM  
Blogger Dominique said...

Nothing but the Truth (and a few White Lies is one of my favorite titles.
Actually, Stealing Heaven caught me eye the first time I saw it.
Generation Dead
Death by Bikini
I was a Teenage Popsicle
are pretty cool titles too! :)

September 16, 2008 10:10 AM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I'm not sure if I have a favorite title. Of course when I'm browsing in a store, titles always catch my eye and I stop to read what the book is about. I do like Ally Carter's Gallagher Girl titles - "Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy" and "I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You."

September 16, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger Liviania said...

For titles, I like the Ally Carter ones that have already been mentioned. I like when titles are funny or have a strong theme (if in a series). I adore the Kim Harrison titles, all putting a witch twist on classic Westerns.

September 16, 2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger benjamintchip said...

An oldie (c1991) that I never got around to reading but always remembered the title of was Louise Plummer's "My Name is Sus5an Smith: The 5 Is Silent."

September 17, 2008 5:44 PM  
Blogger benjamintchip said...

Oh, and Jay Asher's "TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY" is another cool title, specifically because of the way it replaces the i with a 1 and the e with a 3, as seen on the front cover. Google image search it or go to amazon to see what I mean.

September 17, 2008 5:47 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Book titles catch my attention. I won't pay much attention to the covers but the titles stand out to me. The more creative they are the more likely I'll pick it up and read it. I don't have a favorite book title.

September 17, 2008 5:58 PM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

hink they all sound intersting, but the one that draws my attention is how NOT to be popular

September 17, 2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Scrambled said...

A title I always liked is "The Truth about Forever." That title says so much.

September 17, 2008 7:31 PM  
Blogger books-a-lishious said...

i love the titles of the gossip girl books! they're amazing. i also love the chapter headings on jacob's part of breaking dawn made me laugh so hard i fell off my bed.

September 17, 2008 10:12 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

I love book titles. . .there are so many different and interesting ones! I like ones with signifigant meanings, like 'The Silence of the Lambs' by Thomas Harris (one of my favorite books)or 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher (I especially like that one because of how normal that can sound until you figure out what the book is about) . . So, yeah!

September 18, 2008 1:13 AM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

Uh, this is a tough one! I don't have a lot of favourites, and most of them tend to be a bit longer like 'A Great and Terrible Beauty'. =) I also love 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower', 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist', 'It's Kind of a funny story', 'Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac'. Ooh, and funny ones like 'The Earth, My butt and other big round things'! Lol, as you can see they're all pretty long! ;)

~Lucy D =)

September 18, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger Yan said...

I'm more of a cover girl but I love the title, "When You are Engulfed By Flames." Great book by the way.


September 18, 2008 4:12 PM  
Blogger Melissa Walker said...

Wow, Holly L's post really made me sad. But I did wonder about this. And now I know just what's happening... yikes!

September 19, 2008 12:30 AM  
Blogger weareattached said...

I love the titles Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List and How to Ditch Your Fairy.

September 19, 2008 3:24 PM  
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September 19, 2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

A book title that really caught my eye was "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac". Also the titles "If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Wheres My Price," "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks," and I think my favorite one is "Lost It," haha it really makes you wonder, plus the cover is just about the prettiest cover I've ever seen :)

September 20, 2008 6:05 PM  

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