Top 5 Wednesdays: Books with Long Titles

The last time I did a topic like this, I took the very literal route of trying to find the books on my TBR that had the longest possible titles, including subtitles. I ended up finding 10 books that ranged in title length from 14-24 words! This time, I decided to take a slightly different approach and purposely exclude books that had subtitles. The vast majority of the books I read have 2-4 words in the title, but I was curious to see if I had a lot of books on my list with more than that. I decided to define “long title” as 6 words or more, but very quickly decided to even exclude 6 word titles since there were many of those! I also noticed myself getting easily thrown off by the length of the words. I’d often find titles that had 5 words in them but the words themselves were unusually long, and I’d assume that was a longer title than something that had more words in it. I had to keep double-checking my counting to make sure the books I picked actually fit. I guess another possible direction to go with this kind of prompt is the books that have the longest title by number of letters, but that seems a little extreme. I ended up finding quite a few books with titles that were a minimum of 7 words. I originally intended to stop looking once I reached the point on my list where I started my previous post on this topic (linked above), but it bugged me that there may be other longer titles that I was missing, so I ended up looking through my whole Goodreads TBR. To be fair, I did skim quite a bit since my list is super long, so it’s possible I missed a few. I’m still excluding books with subtitles, although I found many of those that might fit. Since I’m just listing titles, I decided to give 10 instead of just 5.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

To be fair, there were many books that had 8 or 9 words in the title, so I’ve just randomly chosen a few:

1) All That Is Mine I Carry With Me by William Landay (8 words)

2) The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk (8 words)

3) How Moon Fuentez Fell In Love with the Universe (9 words)

4) You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi (9 words)

5) By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters (9 words)

6) My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (9 words)

7) And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (10 words)

8) Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz (10 words)

9) The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks (13 words)

10) We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch (14 words)


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