Top Ten Long Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday

Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl invited us to share our top ten long book titles this week. I decided to choose from books I’ve actually read. I also decided to choose five compound titles and five simple titles.

Compound Titles:

Don’t Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned

Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family – and a Whole Town – About Hope and Happy Endings

The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot: His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred

The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things

The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn’t Actually Do, But Could Have, and May Yet

Simple Titles

And now for the simple titles that don’t have colons or other dividing punctuation.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore


I didn’t want the author names to make the titles look even longer so I’ll add them here, in order:

  1. Kenneth C. Davis
  2. Janet Elder
  3. Carl-Johan Vallgren
  4. Neil Pasricha
  5. Jill Conner Browne

  6. Jonas Jonasson
  7. Catherynne M. Volante
  8. Bailey White
  9. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  10. William Joyce

That’s my list! Have you read any of these? What are long book titles you’ve come across? Link up every Tuesday at That Artsy Reader Girl!

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    1. I loved mythology as a kid too. My sophomore year high school English teacher almost destroyed that for me. She was supposed to teach “World Literature” but at least half the year was spent on Greek/Roman mythology. It got tiresome!

  1. Wow. I forgot all about Bailey White! I read Mama Makes Up Her Mind many, many years ago and thought it was hilarious. Unfortunately, Sleeping at the Starlite Motel wasn’t nearly as good.

    The Guernsey book is one I’ve read a couple of times. So good! The Fantastic Flying Books is also a winner.

    I’ve discovered that most of the nonfiction books I’ve read have long titles. They almost always have a colon. I guess there’s more of a need to explain the title in nonfiction as opposed to fiction.

    1. I agree about Sleeping at the Starlite Motel. It was disappointing after I loved Mama Makes Up Her Mind so much. Nonfiction authors seem to consistently feel the need to explain their books with a subtitle!

    1. Random Redheaded Ramblings and Readerbuzz have my votes for finding the longest titles this week!

    1. Bailey White is awesome! Sweet Potato Queens is a hilarious series of books, mostly nonfiction. She ventured into fiction with this title. I remember it as being a little like the Ya-ya Sisterhood, but I could be wrong about that. It’s been ages since I read it.

    1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland wasn’t my favorite but I listened to it. I think I would have enjoyed it more in print. Somewhere I’ve picked up the idea that it has beautiful illustrations that I completely missed out on. I should give it another try.

    1. Readers should sign a petition to limit the length of titles. Some of them really are overwhelming!

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