This blog is for those 18 and older.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's in a Title?

For me, the title of a book is important. After all, it’s what makes me pick up a bookin the first place. The title must strike me and make me wonder about the story between the covers. Is it a serious romance? Or one with a touch of humor? Will it scare me or make me laugh? Or make me cry? 

Some titles don’t give a hint of what the story is about. The Notebook, for one. Paint the Wind, for another. I had no idea what either book was about until the title struck me and I picked them up for closer inspection (both made me cry, by the way).  

 I love these titles from Cheyenne McCray: Zombies Sold Separately, Vampires Dead Ahead, and Demons Not Included. Aren’t these fabulous? What do they conjure up in your mind? 

What about Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley? Doesn’t that sound like a fun story to read? You know there’s going to be humor involved. And romance.  

            What titles do you find fun? Curious? Scary? Romantic?    

Happy Reading!


  1. I love titles, too! Did you come up with your title, Angel in the Moonlight, or was it a suggestion by the publisher? Just curious as I've seen it go both ways!

  2. Hi Dawn!
    I love a good title. In fact, I thought of one while I was driving to work this morning for another as yet unwritten novel - I already have the character names, setting and partial plot and now I have a fun title to go with it!

    Angel in the Moonlight was my title - the publisher let me keep it (though it wasn't the original title while I was writing the book). I came up with it after writing a scene and thought "Hmmmm, I like this better."


  3. I love interesting titles that make me think "What could that be about." Of course, a great cover helps too. I think when a title catches your eye enough to read the back blurb, then you've got something. One of my recent favorite titles is THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER. I had to buy the book just to find out what it was all about.

  4. Alexis,
    I loved that book! What a great story it was (the sequel was pretty darn great too!). You're right though, it was the title that grabbed me (the book was also recommended by a friend, which made it even better).