My Favorite Book Titles

Let’s talk cool book titles.

I don’t know about you, but my obsession with book covers extends into book titles as well. Great titles really draw me in, as much as a good cover does. I know Rachel from Pace, Amore, Libri (please go follow her immediately, because she writes the best reviews ever) did a post about cool titles and I loved it, so I thought I’d do it too because my brain is fried from doing my master’s, so there’s zero original thoughts left in my head. So let’s talk great book titles!

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1. She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore

I think there’s something really powerful about this title for some reason. Also, I love the fact that she is becoming a king and I love the past conditional tense. It’s all very cool.

2. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

I mean you basically have to read the book when it has that title. And Olga knows that. We respect her for that.

3. Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

Honestly, these signs are everywhere, so the title is really current and disturbing. I also just love it.

4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Who is Frankie? Why do they have such a pretentious name and why is it brilliant? Also, why are they disreputable? Cannot wait to find out.

5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is so intriguing. On top of the fact that darkness has hands, we also know that the left hand of it is important. I just really enjoy that title and it makes me want to pick up the book.

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6. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavander by Leslye Walton 

There’s something really poetic about this, and I think it captures the feeling the blurb of this book gives off so well. Also mixing strange and beautiful with sorrows is such a wonderful way to word a title. I love it.

7. By Light We Knew Our Names by Anne Valente 

I just think this is beautiful, I don’t know. It sounds like it promises a really poignant and moving book.

8. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa

We love an accurate title, but on top of that – I love saying this out loud because it has a really nice rhythm to it, which is so unexpected. Like you wouldn’t expect this to have a nice flow to it, but it does. Am I making sense? Probably not.

9. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

I am obsessed with this title. It’s so simple but it sounds so powerful. I absolutely love it.

10. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Honestly, I cannot fathom what the trouble with goats and sheep is or how it ties into the story, but again, I really want to know.

Sidenote: me saying all of these make me want to read the book so badly and them also all  being books I haven’t read yet is such a power move. 


And those are ten of my favorite titles ever! I’d love to hear from you: what’s your favorite title of all time? Let me know in the comments!



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8 thoughts on “My Favorite Book Titles

  1. Ooh I love all the ones you chose! Long titles/titles that work as full sentences are my fave. I don’t think I’ll ever see a better title than Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead tbh.

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  2. I love this post, because just recently I’ve been obsessing over book titles as well.
    My favorite out of the ones you shared are definitely By Light We Knew Our Names and Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. I actually completely agree that there are some titles out there that just sound so much better when you pronounce out loud.
    As for some titles I love: Last Night I Sang to the Monster, by Benjamin Alire Saenz and A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi. This second one definitely has a great rhythm.
    Thanks for sharing!

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