This week’s Top Ten Tuesdays theme put on by The Broke and the Bookish is books with unique titles.
I love good titles; titles that are catchy or symbolic, or titles that don’t make sense until you read the book. There are so many great titles out there, but I had to limit my list to ten. Here’s what I chose.
These books are in no particular order.
At Dawn We Slept
I love the title of this book about the attack on Pearl Harbor. How true and tragic it is. I enjoy history, but I haven’t read this one yet, mainly because it’s 873 pages long and I just don’t have the time right now.
Hood is a fresh and meaningful retelling of the story of Robin Hood. Equally unique titles are the trilogy’s other two books: Scarlet, and Tuck.
Till We Have Faces
Though I haven’t read this book yet, I have read other excellent works by Lewis. What a great title this one has. I can’t wait to read it. Another C.S. Lewis book with a good title is Out of the Silent Planet in the Space Trilogy.
Left of Bang
In this book I learned that “bang” is a military term for the moment something bad happens. “Right of bang” is after it happens. “Left of bang” is before it happens. Van Horne and Riley teach readers how to protect themselves by being observant and preventing or avoiding a violent encounter, a useful skill in today’s world.
Touch the Face of God
This book is the first in a set of three World War II novels that, though unrelated and stand-alone novels, almost seem to be like a series. I also like the title of another in the set called Whose Voice the Waters Heard.
The Winged Watchman
This wonderful novel is set in occupied Holland during World War II.
When I first heard this title, I thought it must be a book about animals on a ship…that sinks. Or maybe a story similar to White House Down, except with animals. I didn’t realize that a “down” is a hill. That’s an ironic name for a hill.
We don’t have “downs” in Colorado. Except first downs (Go Broncos):
In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day
Even if it is a mouthful, this title is vivid and intriguing. The title originates from a story in the Bible. This book is nonfiction and inspires readers to have courage, take risks, and live to the fullest.
This short book with a short title is hugely profound. It’s the true story of a man’s experiences during the Holocaust when he was a teenager. The title fits perfectly; it aptly describes the entire book.
Leaf by Niggle
Although this one is a short story, I had to include it on the list. Leaf by Niggle is lesser known than some of Tolkien’s works, but it’s still a great story with an intriguing title.
What are your favorite book titles? Have you read any off my list? Let me know in the comments!