“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.”


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

To be honest, having looked through a few of my recent reads there are quite a lot of unusual and unique titles floating around.  Here are a few that I came up with on a first check.

  1. The Girl with Ghost Eyes
  2. Monstrous Little Voices
  3. The Importance of Being Ernest
  4. It Happened one Doomsday
  5. The Bear and the Nightingale
  6. The Fifth House of the Heart
  7. The Wheel of Osheim
  8. The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
  9. Flowers for Algernon
  10. The Punch Escrow



16 Responses to ““Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.””

  1. Carmen

    I like your choices, particularly The Somnambulist…, The Girl with Ghost Eyes (eerie!), and The Fifth House of the Heart. I like the covers too. I pick up books for titles and covers, then I choose to read the blurb.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all good books. I loved The Girl with Ghost Eyes particularly.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    Great titles 😀 Actually I considered putting Monstrous Little Voices onto my list but sadly it didn’t make the final cut!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Can’t wait to see what you went with – you do have some good ones – thinking for example of Agatha Raisin.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Gotta love the Agatha Raisin titles 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        I do love them – eventually I’m going to pick up one because I can’t resist now – they feel like old friends somehow.
        Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    You picked some great ones. I initially thought this was going to be a hard title but then it turned out pretty easy. I guess when you think about it, a lot of titles are pretty unique.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, there are a few books out there where the titles are used over and over but on the whole there are some really unique ones.
      Lynn 😀

  4. sjhigbee

    Oh there are some marvellous titles there… and some must-reads I haven’t yet got around to…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get a chance to pick some of them up (those that you’ve not read that is) although, as we all know – time flies and book piles mount.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Flowers for Algernon is one I must read and I loved the title It Happened One Doomsday:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Flowers for Algernon, it’s the sort of book that really makes you think, very emotional too.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    How cool!!! Several of these also landed on my list of unique titles before being culled in favor of books I haven’t featured on TTT yet, along with The Punch Escrow and It Happened One Doomsday…because you know, whenever Doomsday is involved I just have to check it out 🙂

  7. vacuouswastrel

    Ten from the classics:

    – “Lady Windemere’s Fan”
    – “War and Peace”
    – “The Nose” [or, for a novel: “Dead Souls”]
    – “Jude the Obscure”
    – “Cry, the Beloved Country”
    – “Ball of Fat” [No wonder the title isn’t usually translated!]
    – “The Rivet in Grandfather’s Neck: A Comedy of Limitations”
    – “The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania”
    – “The Life and Death of Mr. Badman”
    – “Lady into Fox”

    And it’s non-fiction, but a special mention for “The Garden of Cyrus, or The Quincuncial Lozenge, or Network Plantations of the Ancients, naturally, artificially, mystically considered” – which is of course the lesser-known and weirder sequel to “Hydriotaphia, Urn-Burial, or, a Discourse of the Sepulchral Urns lately found in Norfolk”, itself widely considered one of the masterpieces of world literature.

    And ten from SF&F:

    – “Black Juice”
    – “The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World”
    – “Pebble in the Sky”
    – “Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said” [or: “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch”?]
    – “The Pawns of Null-A”
    – “The Claw of the Conciliator”
    – “The Pnume” [or: special mention for “Servants of the Wankh”…?]
    – “Nerilka’s Story & The Coelura”
    – “Hederick the Theocrat” [not a classic book, but a nicely 19th century title…]
    – “Against all Things Ending”

    And ten just from the work of Samuel Delany:

    – “They Fly at Çiron”
    – “Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia”
    – “Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders”
    – “Dhalgren”
    – “The Einstein Intersection”
    – “The Ballad of Beta-2”
    – “Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand”
    – “Aye, and Gomorrah, and Other Stories”
    – “The Jewels of Aptor”
    – “The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities”

    • @lynnsbooks

      Wow – what a list, and I don’t think I’ve read any. Some of these titles are just crazy and they’re definitely unique.
      Lynn 😀

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