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Top Ten Tuesday: Really Long Titles

It’s been a long while since I did one of these, but I thought to get back into the habit of doing a few, and thought to start with Top Ten Tuesday—Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s challenge is, Long Titles.

Now, this is great if you are reading a lot of self published fantasy as, at the moment, there are a few books doing the rounds, online, that have really great titles. But crime fiction, or a thriller? Not so much. Most authors and, I think, publishers too, prefer something short and snappy or, at most, 3-4 words in length.

They go for strong, in-your-face The Whisperer, The Liar, The Silenced. Titles that leave no doubt to the fact we’re in crime fiction territory. But all that aside, here we go, I’m digging deep to try find some really lengthy titles to fulfil this one.

  • THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley
  • THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
  • THE GRAVE’S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley
  • THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD by Alan Bradley
  • THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
  • THE SPY WHO CAME OUT OF THE COLD by John Le Carre
  • THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN by Vaseem Khan
  • A DARKNESS MORE THAN LIGHT by Michael Connelly
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE by Dan Hanks
  • THE LAST SMILE IN SUNDER CITY by Luke Arnold

Okay, so I had to cheat. Cheat BIG time to find ten titles, by including the four books I’ve read by Alan Bradley who, as you can see, loves his long titles. With the last two being both fantasy books I read recently.

Fantasy being more inclined to go for long descriptive titles. Some of them incredibly funny too if you look at: The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids or The Thief Who Spat In Luck’s Good Eye, both by Michael McClung. I mean, come on, even if you don’t normally read fantasy, wouldn’t you want to read both of these just to find out more about those great titles?

And you, what really long titled books have you read recently, if any?

8 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Really Long Titles

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    The Woman Who Married a Bear sounds like an interesting read.

    My post.

    • Alex

      It was a quirky kind of read, set in Alaska, which is what attracted me to the story. It wasn’t great but then, it wasn’t bad either. 😀

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    I’m in the same boat as you are! I read mostly mysteries and thrillers and they usually have super short titles. I think I prefer shorter titles, in fact. For my list, I looked at the length of all the titles of the books I have read this year. Most were only three words long!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • Alex

      Oh, indeed, I think crime fiction lends itself to really short titles, unlike fantasy where you can get away with something really longer. It’s fun to see the difference, and how others have tackled the challenge.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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    Alan Bradley has some LONG titles names, but they’re cool at least.

    • Alex

      I know, it’s like they’re mini stories in and of themselves. I think that’s one of the reasons I started reading his series.

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    I would add The Guernsey Litary Otato and Peel Pie Society ;-)))

    • Alex

      Ha! Ha! Yeah, that’s a really good one too, Sophie. As is The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires! 😀

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