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Top Ten Tuesday: The One With Long Book Titles

Today’s theme for a book list is long book titles; and I had to come up with a long post title as well, right? I first though of The Good, Bad, Ugly and Awesome of Long Book Titles; and then decided I cannot write about the good, bad, and ugly, so kept it simpler with Top Ten Tuesday: The One With Long Book Titles.

How does a book catch your attention? Most likely one of the first things is its cover, giving meaning to the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But how about its title? I do believe that the title is equally important to capture the reader’s attention. I know that I often pick up the book simply because of its title, like the Uh-Oh book in my list below, or books that include ‘bookshop’, ‘library’, or other bookish references in their title.

The title, or the name, of the book helps, very often, to explain the book. This post does a good analysis of the psychology of the book title. And I also loved reading these posts (here, here and here) about how to come up with book titles, or how authors come up with titles for their books.

Top Ten Tuesday: The One With Long Book Titles

When I saw this theme for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl , I thought of the many really long titles of books I have read; and there are very many. I finally decided to use the list of books in my home library to get the top ten longest titles (fiction/non-fiction)

Top Ten Tuesday: The One With Long Book Titles

My List of Long Book Titles

I have read most of these, or at least a part of them definitely. The second column is the length of the title (using the LEN formula in Google Sheets!)

Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language 68
Uh-Oh : Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door66
Text and Contexts: A Contemporary Approach to College Writing61
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk60
The Room of Many Colors : A Treasury of Stories for Children60
Well Advised: A Practical Guide to Everyday Health Decisions60
How to Develop Self Confidence and Improve Public Speaking58
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma58
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey56
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and it is All Small Stuff53
I Must Say: On English, the News, and Other Matters51
How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life50

And a Shorter List of Books With Long Titles

Then there are those books I know I would like to add to the list above (aka my home library). Here are the first few I could think of.

If you want to check out more long-titled books, here is one list.

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, what is the book you thought of when you saw this prompt? Have you read any of the books on my list? Do let me know.

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The One With Long Book Titles

  1. So many choices, so little time.
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
    and let us not forget Dr. Seuss’ And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

    1. My Dr.Seuss books are part of a collected book – so did not include them here 🙂 I need to check out ‘And the Hippos…’ now 🙂
      and totally agree with the so little time part

    1. true about the space they take up on book covers and elsewhere; but sometimes they are truly so unique and offbeat and something else to make them memorable.. and according to a couple of articles i saw, titles are on average getting longer nowadays (for fiction and non-fiction)

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