Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a new prompt for a top ten list every week.

Today’s Prompt:
Books With Numbers in the Titles

To narrow things down a little, I’m going to list my top 10 favorite titles from books I’ve read this year.

10
Permanent Record
Mary H. K. Choi

This is a great title on its own for a book about the way our imprints on the internet follow us into our “real lives.” I also love it because it’s a perfect companion to the title of Emergency Contact, Choi’s debut.

my review

9
I Was Anastasia
Ariel Lawhon

This title didn’t seem like much at first, but after the final chapter of the book, it reads totally differently. Now, the title is a gut punch.

8
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo

Mmmm, pithy and stylish. This title somehow communicates a basic sense of the tone of the book while still being the vaguest phrase possible.

my review

7
Don’t Date Rosa Santos
Nina Moreno

Doesn’t that make you want to grab the book off a shelf? The title drew me to this one without knowing anything about it, and I’m glad I did, because Rosa Santos is wonderful.

my review

6
Evvie Drake Starts Over
Linda Holmes

This one’s a little tricky, because I was saying this title in my head as “eve-ie drake” for a LONG time before I read the book and realized it’s “Evvie” like “Evelyn,” so it rhymes with “Chevy.” Tricksy. But it’s a sweet, hopeful title for a sweet, hopeful book, and I love it.

my review

5
Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuinston

I mean… just perfect. So wonderful that I’ll forgive the lack of an Oxford comma.

4
It’s a Whole Spiel
ed. Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman

Playful, clever, and unmistakably what it is. Perfect. The subtitle (“Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories”) is glorious too.

my review

3
Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng

It’s true that this one is a little on-the-nose. The phrase “little fires everywhere” is said in the dedication and the first few pages, so it looses a little of its punch, but I don’t mind. It perfectly encapsulates the book’s focus in one small phrase.

my review

2
My Sister, the Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwait

How can you read that title and not NEED to try the book? I think the title is perfect, but I was tested by the original title of the book, “Thicker Than Water”. I mean… so good.

my review




And the big winner, my favorite title of the year (so far)…….







1
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman

I mean… just flawless. Eleanor Oliphant is a perfectly named character. Just saying the words conjures British fussiness with a strange edge. And seeing that title on a shelf… how can you not snort and say no she’s not and pick it up?

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