Time for another….
So I was walking in a store when I thought up the idea for this particular book talk. On my way home, I passed a book titled in big letters “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.” Immediately, without knowing a single thing about the book, I knew that I wanted to read it.
Is it that my mind is that weak when it comes to books? Or just that titles are so important that they can make or break a book within a split second of a possible consumer viewing it? Either way, upon closer inspection, I realized it was a Stephen King and I’m not particularly interested in reading him as an author, but I was still shocked by how firm my split-second decision to check that book out was.
There are some books out there with absolute amazing titles that can’t help but get you interested! There are so many titles out there named generic things like common expressions. In one of my recent posts, I was looking for a book that was either called “Thicker than Blood” or “Thicker than Water,” and can you believe how many books there are out there with both of those names or something similar?
Also, there are a million titles with single words like “Fade” or “Stay” or little romantic scribblings like “Take Me Away”. Seriously, if you’re an aspiring author, you need a title that sticks out! Here are some good examples.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
How can you not be intrigued by a title like this? It is tense, mysterious, and followed by a sense of survival or a strong fight. Every time I say this book’s name I feel like I’m eating chocolate. Thick, creamy, velvety chocolate. I get so excited to talk about this book because I feel instantly more interesting bringing up something with a title like this.
Hold Me Like a Breath
It’s desperate, it’s romantic, and, most importantly, it gives imagery. It makes you think of the fragility of holding your breath, and someone who needs protecting. I wanted to read this one on title alone even before I knew what it was about. I haven’t read it, but it’s definitely towards the top of my list. Plus the cover is amazing.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses
I actually just read a mini-blog-discussion about the title of this book, and how the people adding it to their TBRs for the upcoming year were intrigued by the title. Now, what if it was called “Houses in Alaska?” or “Cold Wilds” or something like that? I swear, titles are important.
But what about you? Are there any particular titles out there that intrigue you, or are you of the opinion that a good book will sell itself? I’m interested to hear what you think!