Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is about book titles that are complete sentences!
I had so much fun with this prompt! I love a witty book title. Some of these might be pushing it in terms of being complete sentences, but I was aiming to make sure it at least had a verb! I feel like verbs aren’t as common in book titles. Without further ado, here are my top ten books with titles that are complete sentences! (*Also, if you click on the photos you’ll find links to the Goodreads synopses of all these books!)
1. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume
Genre: YA Fiction
This was the first book I thought of for this prompt! I read this several years ago (I want to say when I was about 13?), and honestly I don’t really remember much about it other than it being a teen classic. Although I may have forgotten the details of the story, this memorable, lengthy title ensures that I’ll never forget the book completely!
2. “Save Me a Seat” by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Middle Grade)
I also find this cover and title really memorable! It would be a short sentence, but it sounds natural as an imperative, command-like one, right? It would definitely sound natural if someone said this to you in a cafeteria or theater or something, so I think it counts! I love this tale of two boys trying to find their place in their school (and in life), who find friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
3. “Know My Name” by Chanel Miller
Another short sentence, but again one that would work as an imperative sentence. Which is exactly what I think of when I think of this title. It commands your attention with this short declaration: Know my name. And after reading this, it’s a name (and story) that you’ll never forget. It was my top read of 2020; it’s incredibly powerful and one I would recommend to any adult.
4. “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson
Genre: YA Fiction
I love this book so much! And after reading it, the title makes so much sense. It’s so playful which matches the tone of the book perfectly.
You can find my review HERE!
5. “I Found You” by Lisa Jewell
How eerie is this title? Another short one, but one that I’m pretty sure qualifies as a complete sentence! I can’t really even describe this one in too much detail without giving too much away, but I will say that Lisa Jewell has become my go-to author for thrillers! Her novels are gripping and suspenseful and impossible to put down.
6. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston
One of my all-time favorite books! It has a sentence-length title that definitely sparks your curiosity and makes you want to know more about the story inside. Though I found it difficult to get into initially (when I first read it in high school), it is a beautiful and empowering story that is well worth the effort.
7. “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
Genre: Realistic Fiction
This is another one of my all-time favorite books! I think sentence-length titles tend to be pretty eye-catching and memorable. Spoiler alert: Eleanor Oliphant is not completely fine. And following her on her journey to realizing this truth is both amusing and heartbreaking. Eleanor is a character I will never forget, and her story is one I will always recommend!
8. “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Lori Gottlieb
The title of this book is absolutely one I can imagine being said with sincerity (and as a complete sentence, which I think grammatically it is!). I wasn’t sure what to make of this one at first, but I had heard good things so I decided to give it a try! I was a little skeptical initially, but the more I listened to it the more I fell in love with it. It’s an inspiring and heartwarming story about the power of human connection and vulnerability!
9. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie
An iconic title that also can stand on its own! Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery for a reason, and I highly recommend this book (as would any other Christie fan I think)! I also listened to it as an audiobook, which I believe amped up the intensity and suspense even more.
10. “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill
Genre: Fantasy (Middle Grade)
I don’t always go for fantasy novels, but I really loved this one! It has a cast of incredibly quirky and fun characters, and the story is filled with magic and whimsy. And that title is captivating as well (though maybe not exactly a complete sentence, but it’s close!).
Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?
Let me know in the comments!