TOP TEN TUESDAY: Grabworthy book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is all about titles or covers that made me want to read or buy a book. I’ll be honest, most of my purchase are purely cover buys, so I’ve decided to only feature intriguing titles that made me need to find out what the story inside was about.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

I still know nothing about Empire of the Vampire. The main reason I wanted to read it is because Sean has a book called Vampire Empire, and I’m planning to read them both and see if there are any similarities between them other than their names. That being said, the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous too, so if the title hadn’t already intrigued me then the cover would have.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

I’m interested in a lot of Neil Gaiman’s books because of their gorgeous covers, but it was the title of Fragile Things which first interested me. This is a short story collection, so can I expect it to purely feature tales about fragile things? Will those fragile things be breakables made out of ceramics and glass, or will they be living and breathing creatures? Either way, I’m interested.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Okay, this might not be purely based on the title, because it is a V.E. Schwab novel and I probably would have ended up wanting to read it because of that anyway. But I’m interested in Gallant because of the different meanings of the word. It can be used both to mean a man who is a romancer of women, and to describe someone who is brave or heroic, and I can’t wait to find out which definition this story leans more towards.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

This is one of those book titles which gives so much away about the plot, while at the same time sparking a lot of questions. It’s quite similar to…

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

…which also makes you ask a lot of questions, while giving you a very accurate grasp of what the plot is about. I’ve read The Hundred-Year-Old Man and it didn’t live up to my expectations, but hopefully The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland will!

In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland

I was interested in In the Ravenous Dark before the cover was revealed, because the title is so evocative. I was expecting this to be a luscious, gothic, dark and brooding story, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by the Grecian-inspired fantasy I discovered within.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Something about this title just makes me want to cry, which is one of the main reasons I haven’t picked it up yet. Same with They Both Die at the End – I’m just convinced they’re both going to be the kind of heart-wrenching contemporaries which make me want to tear my heart out and sob until my chest aches. This book will end up either being a new favourite or being a huge disappointment, but I’m not in any rush to discover which it will be.

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily A. Danforth

Another one which grabbed me with both its title and its cover. The first time I heard about Plain Bad Heroines I had no idea what the UK cover looked like, but I was interested in the idea of bad heroines and what they might get up to. Then I saw that stunning yellow and pink UK cover and I knew I had to have a copy!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

All of Becky Albertalli’s books do this for me, but none more so than Simon. There’s just something about knowing the main character’s name going into the book – and knowing that they’ve got a struggle or a battle against something on their hands – really appeals to me. Thankfully this title buy paid off, as Simon ended up being a 5 star for me.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Throwing this one way back, but another book I definitely picked up because of the title was Uglies. Too many books are about pretty or beautiful things, so to have a book focused on the less visually appealing really appealed to me when I was younger.

Thank you for checking out this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. Leave a comment down below with some of the books you’ve read purely because of their titles or covers!

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