Monday, November 16, 2020

TTT: Long Titles That Go On and On for an Extraordinarily Lengthy Amount of Time and Syllables


 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

I have missed so many of these in my pandemic-driven lack of blogging that I'm just going to pick favorites I didn't get to weigh in on. Okay? Okay. 

One fairly recent top ten topic was "long titles." I came up with a few rules for myself in what qualified:
  • Books I've actually read and enjoyed
  • No subtitles--unless I felt deep in my soul that the subtitle was actually a vital part of the title
  • Six word minimum
  • But given that, the more syllables, the better, obviously. The Rest of Us Just Live Here has more words than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, but clearly the latter is a longer title.
  • Tie breakers were given to the books I liked better
Working from that framework, and going back a few years on my Goodreads "read" list, I came up with this:

  1. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
  2. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
  3. Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
  4. Don’t You Dare Read this, Mrs. Dunphrey
  5. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  7. The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To
  8. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
  9. Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
  10. I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
I feel like the last two were quite intentional about trying to write ridiculously long titles. And I love them for it!

Working on this list, I remembered that whole YA fantasy title trope of ___ of ___ and ___, and I had to make another list of just those. It's so common that Epic Reads made a title generator out of it! I didn't just copy it here, because I'm respectful of copyright like that. What's your title? Mine is Dance of Memories and Monsters, which TOTALLY sounds like a book I'd read. 

  1. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
  2. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go
  4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  5. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
  6. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
  7. Girl of Fire and Thorns
  8. The Smell of Other People’s Houses
  9. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
  10. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B


  1. I love so many of the books you listed with long titles. I actually am attracted to such titles. They ignite my imagination. I had a lot of fun this week creating my list because I've had a lot of pets named for literary charactersMy TTT List

  2. Great topic! I like Aristotle and dante Discover... always thought that was a cool title. :) You're right though- some titles (especially in YA) are crazy long!

  3. Nice list! These titles sure are entertaining! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  4. Those titles are indeed very long... I feel like a lot of them are also very quirky. I see a trend here haha. I also love the title for this post, so fitting :p

  5. You know, I skipped this topic when it came up, but you did well with guidelines. (I always only put books I have read on my TTT unless it's an anticipating list sort of thing or books I missed). I love Sones. I need to get that one. Glory was a fave, and I liked Mackler's duet too.

  6. Biff made it onto my short list but came up just a bit, well, short, when compared to other titles I chose. I listed 5 with subtitles and 5 without subtitles.

    I don't think I ever noticed that ___ of _____ and _____ trend until you just mentioned it but you're absolutely right! It's funny how publishers try to cash in on trends like that. The trope that irritates me right now is the one with the trendy thrillers about unstable women who all have "Girl" in the title.

  7. I always think it's odd when books have really long titles because none of us ever uses the full thing; they get shortened to a title that is more useful.

  8. Haha, I love the title generator. Mine is A War Of Darkness And Flight. Sounds like pretty much every war ever.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. I really loved this topic the first time, so I'm glad to see someone revisiting it this week! I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President sounds so bizarre and fun, and I'm definitely adding it to my TBR pile.

  10. These titles made me laugh! Some of the X of Y and Z titles don't belong though, I don't think proper names should qualify. And Y and Z have to be distinct nouns, not adjectives, verbs, numbers, or other things. (Other things can go on a different list). Those titles annoy me so much that lately I refuse to read anything with that pattern, perhaps unjustly. With the generator I got a Resolution of Politics and Time, which sounds terrible.

  11. This was a fun topic! My fantasy title is A Tale of Flames and Time. Ha!


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