The Importance of Amazing Titles

Time for another….

hana- Book- Talk


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!




13 thoughts on “The Importance of Amazing Titles

  1. I completely agree with this post! Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda was a great titles, as well as Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
    The best titles are the longest, I suppose 😛


  2. oh I can’t agree more! I LOVE titles and I think they’re massively important…and they should be catchy. It’s really boring to just see another book with generic words like shadows/blood/games/bones…I mean they can be cool? But often times they don’t stand out. Like for AGES I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Shadow and Bone were the same book. *facepalm*
    I love these titles you’ve picked out too!! And some of my favourites are definitely Blue Lily Lily Blue, The Accident Season, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here. XD I always remember them over ones like Rogue, or Bomb, or The Novice or whatnot. *nods*


    • I remember being interested in The Rest of Us Just Live Here before I even knew it was by Patrick Ness! And I added Blue Lily Lily Blue to my very first Waiting on Wednesday without even knowing it was the third in a series. Haha, titles are SO important! Plus, I just bought The Accident Season, but that’s because you recommended it =P
      The titles helped the decision, though!


  3. Titles are so important. The Knife of Never Letting Go is definitely one of my favorite book titles. (Hold Me Like a Breath and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams–yeah, those are great titles and now I want to read the books. *nods*) Some other titles that grabbed me were Life as We Knew It, Z for Zachariah, Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, Fahrenheit 451 and Till We Have Faces. Those may be subjective, but yeah, those are some of my favorites. I love good book titles. *nods*


    • Till We Have Faces is a great title that I’ve never heard before. I love how this just proves it- the title alone is making me look up this book without knowing anything about it! And I love titles like Imaginary Girls; makes me think of things like Wintergirls and Beauty Queens, which is a classification I’d like to read more of. Thanks for visiting!


  4. SO TRUE. And this is why I have such a pet peeve with single-title books (unless they’re amazing). If your book is called “Stay” or something I’m not going to be intrigued.

    Also I really need to read The Smell of Other People’s Houses, it looks AMAZING.


    • YES! I can’t STAND when an author comes out with a book that sounds like a million other books. I really do like single word titles, but when you really think about them, they’re the ones that stick in your mind the very least, yea?


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