Book Titles: Length, Common Patterns and Names

Admit it, all of you have probably some time in your lives bought or read a book just because of its title. I definitely have numerous times. And I have always been fascinated at what writers (and publishers) actually do to make a book title, to make their future readers interested while they are browsing the bookshelves of the bookstore. Welcome back to Ayunda’s Thoughts on Tea and Paperbacks, and here are some interesting thoughts I have on book titles.

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Length

There are really long book titles, and really short book titles. I don’t know which one I prefer, but I realized that in the first month of 2016, I read five books in a row that only have one word on their title. It was completely coincidental, but it makes me really wonder about one-worded titles.

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Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell are two great examples. The first one is a verb, a past tense. The second one is a noun. Both are very intriguing and once you read the book, you realize how it is connected to the story. Another really famous one is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This one is a little bit different because to be honest, the word twilight was only mentioned like twice in the book itself, and held no profound meaning to the book. Yet it felt by the author to be the most appropriate title to choose.

As for long titles, there are lots of combinations of them out there. A book title that really compelled me to read the book even though I didn’t know what it was about was The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. Such a title that really pulls you to read it, right? Again, there are also The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, which gives a little more mysterious-y vibe to the book. And of course there is the all-famous Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, a book that I thought, because of the title, would be scary and chilling but ended up to be immensely disappointing.

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TBRs

There are several books that I picked up and added to my TBR shelf because I was intrigued from the title of the book. Here are some of them:

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Patterns

You would probably notice after reading so many books that there are actually patterns that authors use to name their books. There’s always the “The… Of…” pattern. Examples I could give from the top of my head: The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The City of Ember, The Silence of the Lambs, The Blood of Olympus. Not to say that they are bad titles, it’s just that this pattern is a great way to summarize a book while also take the future readers’ attention.

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There is also the pattern of using punctuations like commas in a book. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a really good example. What is the connection between a blind willow and a sleeping woman? Read the book to find out. Other books I haven’t read, such as Happiness, Like Water; All the Birds, Singing; Everything, Everything; Boy, Snow Bird grip me to put these books in my TBR list even though I’m not a hundred percent sure what they’re really about. Other symbols like questions marks (Death or Ice Cream?), exclamation marks (Swamplandia!), or dots (You’re Never Weird On the Internet… Almost) also gives various reactions from readers, ie me.

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Names

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There are also lots of books, namely series that have the name of the main character in its title. Examples include the Harry Potter series, the Alex Rider series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Eleanor and Park, Mr. Fox, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, and the titles in the Lunar Chronicles. This makes the books interesting especially when the names are unique. Other times you’d probably not be interested because the title doesn’t describe what the story of the book is actually about.

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What are your favourite book titles? And can you name the books you picked up just because the title looks interesting? Any book title dislikes as well? Let me know down below in the comments!

March and April 2017 Bimonthly Movie Wrap Up

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! Movies, movies, movies. I read a lot, but I think that movies are just an amazing way to escape the real life. Here are the movies I watched in March and April! I can’t believe the last Bimonthly Movie Wrap Up I posted was the March and April 2016 movies… If you’re wondering what movies I watched this past year, go and add me on Letterboxd!

March Movies

Movies watched: 14
Movies watched at the cinema: 2
Rewatches: 1

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April Movies

Movies watched: 13
Movies watched at the cinema: 2
Rewatches: 5

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TV Shows

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  • Riverdale: keeping up with the episodes with my housemates and we’re soooo into it it’s just crazy!
  • 13 Reasons Why: I’ve only got to around episode 3, it’s a slow progress.
  • Angel Beats: finished it in a week because my boyfriend, an anime freak, forced me to watch it.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: I binge-watched it through January and February and now I’m just waiting for each episode of the new season to come out.
  • New Girl: my boyfriend and I have been binge-watching the series from season 3 through the newest one all day long, it’s such a light and funny series and the characters are so hilarious and lovable.
  • Rick and Morty: again, another series I watched with my boyfriend, it’s hilariously smart and I can’t wait for the new season, whenever that is.

Highlights

Midnight in Paris (2011). I realized that I have a thing for Woody Allen’s movies, I loved this movie and the dialogues and the whole vibe it brings.

Moonlight (2016). This is yet another movie I watched at home because I missed it when it was at the cinema. I really liked it, actually. I don’t really know if it deserves all the awards and hype it has gotten, but I love the story and the cinematography and the acting. Sure, the story is basically straightforward and not complicated. But how the story unfolds, the small conflicts and the character development, was well constructed. I liked the dialogues (or lack of them), and the shots were just really really pretty. I also particularly liked the family themes it expressed.

Beauty and the Beast (2017). As a person who loooves Disney movies and had Belle as my favourite character because she also loves reading, I thought this remake was soooo good! Probably the best movie I watched in April, it’s exactly what I expected and wanted it to be and more. The songs made me choke at times, but it’s also not too copy-paste-ing the original movie, which was nice. The dialogues are great, characters were well introduced and well crafted, I liked the costumes and special effects, basically it was a great time.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). My boyfriend, being the marvel fan he is, was so psyched to watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie and so we rewatched the first one first to refresh our memories. I liked the first one, but I thought the second was even better! I liked the story and all the special effects, the characters are more developed and you can really see they tried to explore the relationships between each other. I felt like it could’ve been better in terms of directing – the music wasn’t as memorable as the first one, and there were too many pretty colors/lights and slow motion sequences. also a lot of cliched moments. however, it was fun and funny (waaay funnier than the first one, which I didn’t mind), and I LOVE BABY GROOT SO MUCH.

21 and 22 Jump Street (2012 & 2014). Rewatched these two movies with my boyfriend and his sister cause we wanted something fun and light. They were hilarious, I think the first one was one of the funniest humour movies I’ve watched? Maybe because I also don’t watch that many of them, and I don’t laugh at most of the humorous parts of a comedy for some reason. I do prefer comedy TV series than movies, but the casting here is just perfect.

So these are the movies I watched in the past 2 months! Which were your favourite movies in March and April? And do you like any of these movies and TV shows? Let me know in the comments! Until then, see you in my next post in Monday!

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Growing Up, Getting Less Than What You Expected, and Canned Food: More Than This by Patrick Ness Book Review

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks, posting every Monday. In this post, I would like to share with you my thoughts on an amazing book, More Than This by Patrick Ness. This review is spoiler free!

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Patrick Ness, oh man, where do I begin? This is my fifth Patrick Ness book, and I am still begging for more. I bought this book at Book Depository last year because I just knew I would love it. The story starts with our main character Seth dying, and then waking up in his old house he hasn’t set foot in years. He discovers he’s alive, but couldn’t find any other human being in the neighbourhood. It’s hard to define the genre of this novel: its a mix of young adult, dystopian, but also has a deeper meaning and content inside.

Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher:Walker Books Ltd
Date Published: May 2014
Num of Pages: 480
Date Read: 9th March, 2017
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This story was very different from what I expected. Well firstly, I didn’t really expect much from this book, I didn’t even read the premise other than what was written on the back of the book. I just knew that it was Patrick Ness, and that I’m pretty sure I would love it, just as I had loved all his other books. I mean, literally ALL. This is a young adult novel, and it has aspects of a dystopian novel that I would probably dislike if someone else had written it. Lately I’ve been in the mood for something more on the adult fiction side, more literary and developed than an action-packed, romance-packed book like the ones I used to love 5 years ago. Yet this book was able to just captivate me and make me not want to stop reading it.

Throughout the first part of the book, the character we find is only Seth. However even with reading about Seth exploring the new world he’s in, we also get glimpses of his past, we got to know him really really well and it made us feel like we don’t really need to have other characters. I will not discuss what happens in the last parts of the book, but I can assure you that it gets even better after that.

“I don’t believe in guardian angels,” Regine says seriously. “Just people who are there for you and people who aren’t.” (p.446)

The plot of the book moves slowly at first, but then picks up quickly by the middle. At the end, it’s so filled with twists and turns and there was almost never any time for the characters to actually have some time to rest. It has the The Knife of Never Letting Go aspects, in which it’s so filled with so many experiences back to back, that it’s both thrilling and also tiring. For some people it might not be their type of stories, but I loved it! Sure sometimes it got a little tiring to read, but most of the time, I just couldn’t take my eyes off the pages, wanting to read more.

You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you didn’t know. Maybe your parents didn’t love you enough, and that sucks, yes, it does, but maybe it wasn’t because you were bad. Maybe it was just because the worst thing in the world had happened to them and they weren’t able to deal with it. (p.368)

There are so many different themes that were explored in this book that were perfectly portrayed. From internal problems with the characters, like feelings of regret and sadness, to self-hatred and depression. Also relationships between the characters with others, like familial relationships, discovering your sexuality, your love for your parents but also your dislike towards them. It’s all so complicated and in the end as you read it in this book, nobody is really the “good guy” or the “bad guy”, the “villain” or the “hero”. Everyone is just human, with their own issues and insecurities, and everyone makes mistakes. Parents do the best they can, teenagers have problems that they think are huge but might not be that important compared to others. There also that feeling everyone gets, that hope for our lives to have something more than we already have, something more than this. It was all discussed in this book, and it’s educational and eye-opening but at the same time entertaining. On the other hand, there’s also the underlying knowledge of the possibility of escaping reality, a touch of science fiction on top of the realistic obstacles the characters faced, the possibility that in the future, such a technology exists where you can create a whole new world of your own.

It’s amazing how Patrick Ness can cram all these up into a single book, a young adult book that contains a lot of action, great dialogue and writing style, plus excellent characters (and character development). It has an amazing premise and the whole idea was executed brilliantly. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book.

4 stars

What do you think of More Than This? Are you a fan of Patrick Ness? Let me know in the comments! Until the next post, see you!

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