Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish
Life has been kind of hectic lately and I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, but this one shouldn’t take too much thought or time…and I have definitely been drawn to a book by its title (though, that hasn’t always resulted in a fascinating read), so I thought I’d play along today.
October 24: Top Ten Unique Book Titles
The Catcher in the Rye – This first title is so well known that it doesn’t hardly seem to qualify, but if you think about the title – it’s a bit odd, and it’s still a bit odd if you know of the main characters comments that led to the title.
Catch-22 – Similarly, the title and resulting vernacular is well known, but again rather unusual.
A Clockwork Orange – The true meaning of the title is a subject of debate.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – taken from a nursery rhyme.
The Day of the Locust – I read it, and I don’t know how the title applies.
The Sheltering Sky – I’m not sure if it’s unique, but I think it’s a beautiful, enticing title.
The Crying of Lot 49 – Haven’t read it, the title intrigues me.
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler – I picked this up because the title really grabbed me, mysterious and romantic. I read it years ago and have to reread it before posting my thoughts.
Remembrance of Things Past aka In Search of Lost Time – My current read. I like both titles, the first is a very loose interpretation, but derived from Shakespeare. The second is a literal translation of the French title. So far, I like either title more than the book.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – a fantastic farce with a suitably silly title. Also due for a reread.


  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide is a very strange title. It’s been on a lot of lists today.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I was going to put Catcher in the Rye on mine, but I changed my mind the last minute! Darn! Here's mine if you want to check it out: https://clockworkbibliotheca.blogspot.com/2017/10/top-ten-unique-book-titles.html

  3. Love this Top Ten topic--good titles really make a difference. I've never read Catcher in the Rye, despite its awesome title, nor Catch-22. I read Hitchhiker's Guide solely because of it's title and it fits the book perfectly. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is also inspired. In fact, you did exceptionally well with this topic. Good job--fun to read.


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