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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!

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Bookstagram!

Hi everyone, how has your week been? Welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! In this post I just wanna give a small announcement to you guys and to ask for your opinions about something that is probably very familiar to you all: bookstagram.

For those of you who don’t know, a bookstagram is an Instagram account focusing on books as their content. I’ve seen and followed so many bookstagrammers ever since I joined Instagram years and years ago, but recently the community has really expanded and you can really see a lot of excellent accounts.

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In the past I would post book-related posts on my personal Instagram, @ayundabs. But I have finally decided that I would create a new Instagram account that is solely related to books. Therefore, I created @teaandpaperbacks! It’s a new bookstagram account I made, and I hope you all will check out my profile and give me a follow or some likes. I’m still trying to gain more followers since I’m very new, but I hope you’d trust me that I will post high quality posts for the pleasure of your Instagram feed!

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One of my biggest concerns is for me to run out of material to post, as in I don’t have enough bookish photos for me to post regularly on the account. Especially since I don’t own that many books anyways and I rarely buy new books so I’d never post a book haul or anything. So if you have any thoughts and tips, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Let me know your thoughts on bookstagram – do you own one, or do you only have a personal account? Who are your favourite bookstagram accounts? What’s your account? Follow me and I’ll follow you back! And any tips for book photography and general tips for maintaining a successful Instagram account? Let’s talk about it in the comments 🙂

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An Introduction to: Indonesian Literature

Selamat pagi! So some of you may already know about the fact that I am an Indonesian. If you’re still not very sure where Indonesia is and what it is about, here’s a little summary for you: Indonesia is the fourth most populated country located in Asia, whose main language is Indonesian, or commonly called Bahasa. It has a lot of different cultures in art, music, food, clothing, language, and of course, literature.

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I love the Indonesian language. It is ranked as one of the most difficult language to learn, but it is so beautiful and when used properly, it’s such a lyrical and meaningful language. I’m pretty sure most of you have never read a single Indonesian book in your life. Now in this post, I’d like to introduce you to Indonesian literature, and where to begin. I myself rarely read Indonesian books – and I do feel like I need to do it more. But from my own reading history, I think I have read enough books to create this guide.

Now just like the English literature, Indonesian literature has been going on for centuries. And of course, we have different eras for our fictional work. But because this is a guide for you non-Indonesians to start reading Indonesian books, let me start with the books that are only recently released.

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Laskar Pelangicover1 by Andrea Hirata. This is one of the most popular books in Indonesia in the 21st century. I think this is a great place for you to start. Translated into The Rainbow Troops, this novel is the first in a series that is set in Belitung, a small island in the west of our country. It tells you about a group of poor children struggling to live and study in a small rural school. It’s heartwarming and beautiful, and it teaches a lot about Indonesian culture. Or, if you’re interested to watch the movie, go and search it! You’ll probably find a movie with subtitles in it.

Pulang by Leila S. Chudori. I would highly recommend this book because of its wonderful language and it gives you a great insight into Indonesia’s history. I heard a lot of Leila Chudori’s books are very good, so you should check them all out! But in this novel, pulang means going home. It is a novel about family and discovering yourself, and it is set in the 20th century and depicts a very important national history, about Indonesia’s political tragedy. Haven’t read the translated version of this book, but I heard it’s fantastic.

Sitti Nurbayacover3 by Marah Rusli. One of Indonesia’s most famous classical literature, this is a novel published in the 1960s about a girl living in a forced marriage and her struggles. It is basically the heart of Indonesia’s literature at that time. The language is older than the earlier works I mentioned, but the story has always been very famous in my country.

Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang by RA Kartini. Kartini is considered Indonesia’s greatest women in history. She was one of the first women who promoted feminism and tried to create equality between men and women in Indonesia. On “dress up as a hero” day in primary school, a lot of people would dress up as her. This novel is translated and titled Letters of a Javanese Princess, even though the real translation of the title means “after the dark, there will be light“. It involves a lot of history and feminism and is a great read.

cover4Burung-Burung Manyar by YB Mangunwijaya. This is another old but priceless historical fiction novel. Entitled The Weavebirds (called manyar in Indonesia), it is a story of love and friendship but also about the love for your country. I loved this book, because of its beautiful language and lovely setting. I would highly recommend you reading this one.

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Still want more recommendations, or not interested in the books above? Here are some additional bonus books you can check out.

Dewi Lestari or Dee. Dewi Lestari is one of Indonesia’s most popular and prominent authors and she has been around the industry for quite a while. Her famous novel is probably Perahu Kertas (Paper Boats) and her series called Supernova. I loved Perahu Kertas, it’s a beautiful book that is perfect for you YA lovers, but unfortunately it hasn’t been translated into English yet. But Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star has been translated and it’s quite good. Not amazing, but I would give it a try if I were you.

Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari. I’ve only read one of Ahmad Tohari’s work but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read this one: The Dancer in English, but this is his most famous work. Ahmad Tohari is another famous Indonesian writer, who focuses a lot on the economical aspect of Indonesian society. This novel is about a lot of themes: from romance to history with a bit of drama. Or, try out his short-story collections!

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Now of course, even though this is quite a lengthy post, this barely even scratched the surface of the vast and varied Indonesian literature. There are so many beautiful works out there written by amazing people, who just happen to come from my home country. I feel like this is enough, for now. If you are interested in this post, I might create another similar post! I have already a list in my head for Indonesian poetry and excellent Indonesian movies. Not to mention the more recent Indonesian fiction that are more popular and easier to read. I would love to share my culture to you guys and let you be more informed about my country. For more information, check out the Goodreads genre.

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What are your thoughts on Indonsian literature? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Which books are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments and we can talk about books together, as always. Sampai jumpa kembali!