Top Ten Tuesday #285


Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, as usual mine was pretty quiet. I’m really excited because I’m going to see an actual show today, IN AN ACTUAL THEATRE. My mum and I are going to see The Last Five Years at The Southwark Playhouse, my plans to see it in Cape Town were scuppered by the pandemic and even if it’s not going to be the same as the “normal” theatre experience, who cares? It’s theatre!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Super Long Book Titles. I wasn’t sure quite what would constitute “Super Long” so I’ve defined it as book titles with six or more words (basically if it has or could have a Twitter acronym, it’s on this list). So here we go, some Super Long Book Titles For You:

  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes-Suzanne Collins

Considering how short the original Hunger Games series books titles are, I was not expecting the prequel’s title to be so long! It does fit the book, but I reckon they could have come up with a shorter title (basically everything about this book could be summed up as too long).

2. Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship-LM Elliott

Okay yes, this title can easily be shortened to Hamilton and Peggy! and probably should have been, but for the purposes of my criteria for this list, it still counts. Peggy Schuyler is so much more than And Peggy! from Hamilton and it was awesome to learn more about the amazing things she did.

3. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Nighttime-Mark Haddon

I actually hate this book, it’s a very stereotypical portrayal of an autistic kid and the story itself isn’t great, but it does fit the prompt in having one of the longest titles I’ve ever seen, so it makes the list by virtue of that alone (seriously, do not read this book, there are much better representations of autism out there).

4. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson

One of my favourite books of this year, A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder is a gripping mystery-thriller that managed something not many thrillers have actually managed over the past few years: it actually surprised me!

5. A Curse So Dark and Lonely-Brigid Kemmerer

A slight variation on the A Something of Something and Something titles. I know a lot of people love The Cursebreakers series but I actually wasn’t a massive fan of the first book in the series so I haven’t continued on.

6. The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue-Mackenzi Lee

Most often shorten to Gentleman’s Guide because who wants to use that whole title? I really enjoyed this book when I read it, I thought Monty, Percy and Felicity’s adventures were really fun, but I’ve become more aware of the problematic aspects of both the book and the author since reading it.

7. The Priory of The Orange Tree-Samantha Shannon

Not the longest title on this list, but still long enough that it is generally shortened to just Priory on Twitter. I suppose it fits quite well that a book this huge (over 800 pages) has a long title as well!

8. Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Amerie and various other authors

Again, the sub title bit generally isn’t used, but Because You Love To Hate Me is long enough to count on its own. I still haven’t read this one, but I’m looking forward to it, short stories of villains sound like a lot of fun.

9. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding-Alexandra Bracken

I don’t usually read much middle grade, but I’ve found Victoria Schwab’s middle grade a nice break from the longer fantasy reads I’ve been reading this year, so I reckon Alexandra Bracken’s book will probably be the same. It also sounds wonderfully spooky, a kid possessed by a vengeful demon? Yes please.

10. Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between-Lauren Graham

Again, this book tends to just be referred to by the first part of the title but that’s still 6 words! I love Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls is one of my favourite shows, so her autobiography is definitely one that I want to get to at some point.

So there we go, those are some Super Long Titles for you. What titles did you choose this week? What’s the longest titles you’ve ever heard of? Let me know in the comments.

I will be back next week, we’re talking about Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them To Me. Honestly I’m usually the one doing the recommending rather than being given recommendations, but I’ll see what I can come up with.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #285

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 13/10/2020 / 9:38 am

    Great list! The Priory of the Orange Tree and A Curse So Dark and Lonely are both on my TBR.

  2. evelynreads1 13/10/2020 / 4:07 pm

    Great list! I totally forgot about the gentlemens guide!

    My post!

  3. lydiaschoch 13/10/2020 / 10:39 pm

    Hamilton and Peggy sounds like a good read.

    My post.

  4. Davida Chazan 15/10/2020 / 11:51 am

    The Haddon book may be stereotypical of kids on the spectrum (and we have a few in our family, and they’re each different from the boy in this book), but it did bring this syndrome into the consciousness of the public, where it wasn’t before. That’s a good thing, even if the book is imperfect.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/10/2020 / 1:52 pm

      I don’t deny that, but I don’t necessarily want to recommend it as a good portrayal of autism when many autistic readers and critics have spoken out against it. I probably shouldn’t have made it seem like that’s the only reason why I hate the book, I did think it was poorly plotted and badly written too.

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