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.



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.



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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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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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!


My Biggest Book Hangovers

Good evening everyone, and welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! Today I am super confused about what post I would like to write, and then I stumbled across this idea and realized that I have a lot of book hangovers. If any of you don’t know a book hangover is a book that is so good (or bad) that sticks to your mind and heart so much that you are just unable to read any other book after you finish that book, and you keep thinking about that book even after your finish it.

Anyways, here are some of the books that fit to that criteria.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (review)


A very recent read and a book I’ve raved about alot in this blog. I really enjoyed this book, and the ending was spectacular. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (review)

Ugh this book got me so good. It twisted my mind around and around and made me feel so hollow inside – in a good way. But yeah, it’s such a well written novel and when I finished it, I was just like, how can someone write something this good? And for weeks afterwards I just kept thinking about it.

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer


Last books of a series will always get you real bad. In this case, I was bawling and sobbing by the time the book ended, but afterwards I could still think about the amazingness of this novel and the whole series and as a result, I couldn’t really read another book after reading this one. All I wanted was reread the whole series again.

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


All I can say about this book hangover is the ending. Like, the all famous cliffhanger ending which everyone hated so much after reading. If you read this recently, you’re so lucky because after you read MoA you can immediately continue to read the next book. Unfortunately for me, I read the book after it was published, which meant that after I finished this book, I had to wait for a year for the continuation to be released. It was a horrible waiting period and this book left a huge hangover for me.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

This book blew my mind and I was unable to function for days after I finished reading it. All I could think about was, I really wanna reread it!!! And I didn’t reread it of course, but I did reread some parts from the book that I highlighted (not literally, because who would do such a thing to such a beautiful book?), and I just tried my best not to think about the book too much.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


A very beautifully written book, this was a book I read a long time ago but I just loved it so much it kept coming back to my mind even after I finished reading it. I tried to stop that hangover by watching the movie adaptation after finishing the book. I am sad to say that it did not help with the hangover and only prolonged it.

Well, those were some of the books that I couldn’t stop thinking about after finishing, and books that gave me a horribly strong impact (just like a hangover). What are your biggest book hangovers? How do you destroy that horrible feeling? Share it to me down below in the comments. Until next time, see you all later!

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Reading from the 100 Books List

You might not notice it but I made a page on my blog several months ago consisting of the 100 Books in BBC’s The Big Top Read Top 100 Books List, which are favourite books voted by people.

My general goal is to read 75 books from that book in the next 5 years, which means  that in 2020 the bolded books in that list would be more than 75. So far my count is at 29, which is basically less than halfway there.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to reach that 75 count goal, but I sure can try! I’m hoping I can actually set a goal to read at least one book from that list each month, or even spend an entire month only reading books from this list! This is a great way to expand my genres and also to read books that are really popular that I have always wanted to read but never got the motivation to.

In the meantime, here are several books from the list that I want to read in the near future:

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  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • anything by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? How many books from the 100 Books list have you read? Let me know in the comments and also maybe recommend which book I can read first from the list! 😀

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