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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuinston

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

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

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

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)…….

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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