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July 23, 2014

Favorite Book Titles

Posted by rebecca

Shakespeare's famous ROMEO & JULIET quote "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet" may be true, but that doesn't mean that names don't matter at all, even when it comes to books. With that it mind, we asked our Teen Board members and reviewers to tell us their favorite book titles --- see what they came up with, below!


Normally I view titles as a way to identify books rather than something that can enhance them, but I love the title EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation.  The title provides an introduction to a hilarious story that proves that even a comma can change the fate of a panda. --- Rachel B.


A book title I love is SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo. It connects perfectly with the events and setting of the story, and gives the book a mysterious and dark feel that is amazing. --- Sean E.


I think THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by MARK HADDON has a great title. I love the tittle because it sums up the concrete conflict of the book in a quirky and entertaining way. --- Rachel D.


My favorite book titles are the ones in the Divergent series, DIVERGENT, INSURGENT, and ALLEGIENT. They sound like made up words, but Veronica Roth chose each word specifically to portray a special aspect of the book. My favorite part of the books is when a character says the title, which happens a lot in this series. --- Katie N.

There are a couple books with clever and/or thoughtful titles that I love.  First there's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. This title does not give away the plot or the characters in any way.  It gives away the feeling of the book that's present throughout.  Even after you've read it, you'd spot it again on a friend's bookshelf and you're reminded of that feeling. Second is THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp We are too involved in future success or failure to fully be in the present.  It takes courage to forget about tomorrow. --- Maya B.


THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a beautiful title because it so perfectly embodies what the book is about. Paired with a gorgeous and colorful cover, this title is wonderfully short and sweet. It's one of my favorites. SOMEDAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU by Peter Cameron is a brilliant title. It's such a deep and moving statement, along with a proper pairing for the book itself. I think the title, taken from a Latin quote, is very intriguing in any context as well. --- Brianna Robinson


THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson is a title I like because it's very intriguing. You don't know whether it's a fantasy or a dystopian book by the title. It gets your attention and makes it stand out against other books.  --- Christa O.


I'm a sucker for word play, so a book title with a pun normally makes me smile. I think my favorite, though, is THE CELERY STALKS AT MIDNIGHT by James Howe, because how could it not be? It's the only title I can think of that captures the true terror of produce. --- Charles Payseur


ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr is one of the many book titles that I absolutely adore because it gives an insight to the story that could definitley cover a expansive range of topics. The title seems particularly symbolic and encourages the potential reader to delve deeper by piquing interest with a few mere words. --- Sara J.

Definitely DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor. It was so intriguing and really draws readers in, not to mention it is absolutely gorgeous. --- Sydney L.


PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen because it's so simple but embodies so much in the title. It's elegant and complex but not difficult enough to try and gather a meaning from before reading the book. --- Yaira M.


I love the book title BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by Katherine Boo. I thought it was really cool that, although the title was only hinted to in the story, it really reflects the content of the book. I can tell that Boo put a lot of thought into the title of her book, yet she doesn't put too much emphasis on the expression. I think this gives the title an added level of beauty. --- Aliza M.