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Top Ten Tuesday – Judging a book by its title

It’s funny how sometimes the universe seems to be in sync with your thoughts. I had only been thinking this past weekend about writing a post on how I judge books by their titles when this very topic was chosen for this week’s top 10 at The Broke and the Bookish. Why I had been musing on this topic was because I am currently reading two books, one entitled The Grass is Singing (Doris Lessing) and the other, The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck. Based solely on the fact that I think the former title is boring and conveys the idea that the book will involve long-winded descriptions of nature and the environs of Zimbabwe, I was not particularly looking forward to reading this book. Indeed, my other choice for the same country was Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller) which I think is a much more interesting title, however, I came across the Lessing in a bookstore recently and decided to give it a go. It is actually a really enjoyable and quite riveting book so far, though betrayed by its dull title.

Anyway, onto this week’s task. These are some titles that particularly motivated me to pick up and/or read the book:

The Literary Nomad xx

2 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Judging a book by its title”

  1. You know as I think about your post, I believe I am drawn in more by cover art than by the title. But the combo of a good title and good cover art is a big seller.

  2. Alex says:

    When I am in a book store, I will be drawn in by cover art when books are on display but titles when the books are spine out on the shelves. When I am reading book lists or other’s blog posts, however, a catchy book title is probably more likely to make me look up the book though so I think, for me, it is contextual.

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