Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Librarians' Line-Up: Judging Books by their Titles

We've already judged books by covers, so today, the librarians are judging books by titles. Below are MPL's librarians' favorite book titles.

I love all of the titles in Kim Harrison's Hollows series. The first two titles in the 11 book series are Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad and the Undead. Each title is a parody of a Clint Eastwood movie title. But when, witches, demons, vampires, pixies, and werewolves are part of each book, it just makes the story that much better. Not only are the titles fun, but the stories are entertaining and exciting, as well. I'm a big advocate of the whole series, but recommend you start with the first one, Dead Witch Walking, to get the whole experience.
~Mary P.

The title does a great job of tell you what you are going to get in this fantastic read.  Locke Lamora LIES.  And he lies a lot.  Cuz he’s a thief!  A swindler. A conman.  And it's a great read.
~Amy. W.

A title as haunting and creepy as this will get a few stares. Then add to it the description of fairy tales and you have something that I want to embrace. Yet my mind is repelled by the grotesque imagery. I’m so intrigued; I just have to have it! Many authors contributed to make this volume and the stories are eerie, haunting, closely related to the original tale, and sometimes only slightly inspired by a fairy tale. Worth a peek.
~Kristin M.

As a librarian, my favorite title is To Kill a Mockingbird. I've gotten many a confused teen wanting to know where the book, "How to Kill a Mockingbird" is. Gets me every time.
Personally, I like Christopher Moore's Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. It kind of says it all, in a humorous way.
~Amanda D.

The book with a title that sticks out in my mind the most is, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker.  Baker’s memoir covers her time as a student at NYU (having recently relocated to the area), attempting to grapple with her faith and beliefs while also enjoying the freedom one gets from being in a new place.  Does it live up to that title?  Well, Baker does indeed attend the eponymous dance (wearing an unfortunate fortune cookie costume), so there’s that.
~Meredith T.

I had a really hard time choosing a title. In large part because that is usually why I pick up a book, so all of them are usually pretty good. One that stuck out was Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made by Stephan Pastis. It's a children's book similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, wherein its lead character, Timmy, is a private eye who is oblivious to everything around him, so he's not very good at his job. The book lived up to the title, and it was a pretty entertaining read, with cute drawings mixed in.
~Cailey W.

What about you? What's your favorite title and why? How do titles affect your book choices?


  1. How about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? It's a great book.

  2. My current favorites are Hold Me Closer Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride. I often wonder if teens today actually realize how hilarious these title are!

  3. There is no way the teens know Romancing the Stone -- Classic that it is... they might be slightly more likely to know Hold Me Closer from Tiny Dancer... but probably not. You probably have to be "New Adult" :) or older...