Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Book Titles


“Unique Book Titles”

As many of you book bloggers already know, The Broke and the Bookish hosts a weekly blog meme Top Ten Tuesday and I’m FINALLY throwing myself into the mix. I really wanted to jump into last week’s prompt because ANY excuse to talk about food, am I right? But alas, I just couldn’t get myself organized enough to do it. This week’s topic is “unusual book titles” and I’m all over it because I’m weird too, so I should be and expert right??

To make things a little more interesting, I’ll be giving you five book titles I’ve read and five I haven’t. Because isn’t everything a little more fun when you take it out of context?


Books I’ve Read


1. The DUFF

By Kody Keplinger

I loved this book! The movie was super cute too. But I had to give mad props for such a creative and attention-grabbing name. It’s an acronym, but when people walk by it in a bookstore or scroll past it online, they won’t see that small lettering. The word “DUFF” is what grabs people and I don’t know about you, but I remember doing a double take and stopping just to figure out the meaning.


2. The Scorpio Races

By Maggie Stiefvater

I just finished listening to the audiobook of this not too long ago and it was AMAAAAAAZINGGG!! I also REALLY need to get my hands on a November cake. Stat.

When I read the topic for this week, it’s one of the first titles I thought of. I’ve read that the idea for the story comes from Scottish folk tales of kelpies, but that still doesn’t really explain the creative title. Maybe she morphed Scotland and kelpie into Scorpio??? (If you know the answer, please feel free to enlighten me because obviously I have no clue) No matter how you slice it though, this is an extremely clever title that everyone will have a hard time forgetting.


There are other books in the series, but I thought these titles were the most memorable.

3. The Abhorsen Series

By Garth Nix

Although I have mixed feelings about this series as a whole (I’m only on book three so far), I’ve always LOVED the names of the books and characters. Not only are they unique and different from anything else, but they perfectly match the Old Kingdom universe Nix has created.


4. Chronicles of Narnia

By C.S. Lewis

I have ALWAYS been curious about where the hell the name Narnia came from. That’s such a weird word. How do you even come up with a random word like that? It’s pretty genius though. I mean, it sure does SOUND like some place in Europe I could take a vacation to. After a quick google search, I read that C.S. Lewis could have gotten the name from the ancient Umbrian city that was renamed Narnia in 299 B.C. Thanks Google.

I don’t know. Whether the guy invented it on his own or drew from ancient history, it freaking worked. No one can hear the word Narnia now without wanting to grab some tea with Mr. Tumnus.


5. The Divergent Trilogy

By Veronica Roth

Okay, more mixed feelings about this trilogy. Don’t get me started. BUT. I’ve always thought the titles were really clever. I love that Roth took normal words and twisted them into something new that would fit into the universe she created. It was super clever, and definitely memorable.


Books I Have NOT Read (YET)


6. Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green

My curiosity over this novel has been burning inside of me for AGES and I’ve read a couple dozen spoiler-free reviews already. I have a pretty good, if not vague, idea of what the book is about and I STILL have no idea where this title comes from. Why turtles? Where are they going down TO?? That spiral looks an awful lot like a tornado. IS THERE A TURTLE TWISTER??? Are the turtles going to be okay?? I’M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE TURTLES.


7. Caraval

By Stephanie Garber

I barely have any idea what this book is about, but I’ve been wanting read it because of all the hype. Plus, anything having to do with games/carnivals I’m all over.

This title is up there with Narnia in terms of creativity and uniqueness. I mean, without reading it I’m guessing it come from the word carnival, but still. How do authors come up with these words?? I’m a little jealous, I want to create some weird words like Gretchen Wieners too! STOP TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN! IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!


8. Six of Crows

By Leigh Bardugo

I KNOOOOOWWW! I haven’t read this book yet! What’s wrong with me you ask? A lot of things. I’m getting tested. But I’ve actually had the HARDEST time finding a copy of this. Eventually I WILL read it, but I just really love the cover and title, so I had to include it in this list.


9. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

By Julie C. Dao

Another book I basically know nothing about, but have put in my tbr mountain because every blog I follow has loved it. The title is concerning though because it makes me LITERALLY think of a thousand lanterns in a forest. That is a terrible fire hazard. Who thought that would be a good idea? Did they take the proper fire safety precautions?? Are there large amounts of fire extinguishers near by? Somewhere out there, Smokey the Bear is having an aneurysm dealing with the stress.


10. Illuminae

By Amie Kaufman

It feels like this book has been in my tbr mountain for FOREVER and I just haven’t gotten around to it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?! Still no answer on that. But this title stood out in my mind because I feel like there’s just nothing like it.

I know this book is set far off in the future, which totally seems appropriate somehow reading the word “Illuminae.” It has such a sci-fi feel to me. It also makes me think of illumination, so what are these aliens/AI’s doing in their spare time exactly? Do they own a lot of flashlights? Decorate with twinkly lights? Throw raves on the weekends?? I NEED ANSWERS!!



What do you think of my list? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!
Can anyone tell me if the turtles are going to be all right?!?!
Anyone eat a November cake recently?

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Book Titles

    1. Me too!!! Before I picked it up or read anything about it, I was convinced the Scorpio Races was about horse races in the desert or something. 😂

  1. I am loving your choices 😀 Particularly The Chronicles of Narnia, The Divergent Trilogy and The Abhorsen Series, although I have only read two of the latter series so far. I haven’t read any of the other books, however I really like the title for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – I am hoping it is a forest made of lanterns rather than a forest with lanterns in 😉

  2. You know, I actually kind of liked The Duff movie a little more than the book…

    Yes, The Scorpio Races was so amazing – I bet it would be awesome on audio, too.

    I’m 1/4 of the way through Six of Crows right now – and I’m wondering why I’ve been putting it off for so long! 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

    1. I’m totally with you about the DUFF movie!! I liked the book a lot, but there was something about the movie that made me like it a little more. How often does THAT happen!?

      And I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s waited to read Six of Crows. I need to get on that ASAP!! Im glad you’re enjoying it!

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