Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Extraordinary Book Titles

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October 15, 2019 by TinyNavajo

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This Top Ten Tuesday we’re talking about extraordinary book titles. Now, I’m going to define “extraordinary” because I want to make sure for myself, so “extraordinary” = “very unusual or remarkable.” Now to find some book titles that are very unusual or remarkable.

  1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. This is a book that I’m reading right now and I love just how evocative this sounds. Have you ever seen an ember in ashes? It’s a small glowing, fiery element just waiting to come back to life with the smallest of breaths.
  2. Food Wars! by Yuto Tsukuda. This title sounds so exciting and the exclamation point at the end show just how energetic and upbeat this series is. I need to have my library order the rest of the series so I can finish reading it!
  3. Animosity by Marguerite Bennett. The sound of this title is dynamic and to the point. Animals that become sentient and have a level of animosity to the world of humans that have dominated them is all right there in the title.
  4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. There is just something magical about the name Mr. Penumbra. Pe-num-bra. Magic, mystery, and a small dash of he knows what you’re thinking just a little bit.
  5. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. Ink and bones; two things that are generally very permanent. But there are things that can destroy them and they are very destructive. So, what does that say about the book?
  6. The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde. This sounds so intriguing to me. What exactly is a lapidary? That was my question when I started reading this book and what it is the book and in real life are different but I can see the similarities and why it was used to help create this world.
  7. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. The title drew me in because it seemed a juxtaposition to have two young adults on the cover under what would usually be considered your closet family member’s duty.
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Such a long title, but a title that begs you to read this book and find out why it is such a long title.
  9. Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells by Ellent Datlow. This is an anthology of gaslamp fantasy stories and I was drawn in right away by the thought of “What if Queen Victoria has magic? Would she need to hide it? What type of world would allow this Queen of England to have a book of spells?”
  10. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. How can madness be discreet? And in a time when a women could be locked away in an insane asylum, what causes madness?

I was drawn in to these books by their titles. I wanted to know what it meant to be an emergency contact, how is madness discreet, and a whole slew of other things. I wanted to read this books to understand their titles and I love it when a title is able to draw me in like this. What are your extraordinary titles? Why are they extraordinary to you? Comment below and let me know!

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