Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
I’m sure you all couldn’t ever picture me with a genre option and not choosing YA. I definitely infinitely prefer this area of the book world to everything else. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I’m going to be picking my favorite title from some of the most commonly overused words that I’m sure we all see time and time again.
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Time, time, time, and time again we find titles with the word time in them. It’s such a massively popular repetitive word that I’ve seen it all over the place. What can I say? We just love to talk about time! And that’s not really all too surprising considering how fascinating time is. It’s something especially poignant and eye catching, too, so I can’t really blame anyone for wanting to use it.
9. The Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
This book was okay for me. It’s definitely a plot I’ve seen in adult novels, though not as often in YA. As for the title, I think it’s safe to say that hearts are everywhere! There were a couple released this year alone, weren’t there? We’ll put hearts in just about anything and since we do tend to enjoy including our romance, of course we have a bunch of titles and covers that reference hearts. We just can’t help ourselves.
8. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This one is a two for, featuring fire and thorn, both of which I have seen quite a lot. I had a lot of fun with this particular book, which is why I chose it today, but you have to admit they all sort of blend together after a point. I honestly can only think of two that will stand out that have thorn in the title. Admittedly, there are a few more with fire that I can think of…but still, you have to realize there are an insane amount of books using these words in their titles. Fire, admittedly, I think is used more often.
7. The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti
Another two for because damn have I seen a lot of secrets and I’ve seen a lot of prince/princess in YA. I don’t think you could go far into the genre without finding at least twelve that fit the bill for either of these repetitive titles. And I mean, why not, right? It’s not like YA is about Kings and Queens…but wait! Yeah, you’ll find a massive amount of those as well. We just love our royalty in YA and it’s all good, to be honest. Now, this book isn’t specifically about royalty, but we all know that most of the Prince/Princess ones are. As for secret…well, everyone has a reason to have secrets. Plus, it’s enticing, no?
6. That Summer by Sarah Dessen
Contemporary YA is famous for summer titles. You’re gonna see these all over the place. I can’t even think of any specific ones merely on account of the fact that the word summer is used in book titles so friggin often. They all just blend together for me and all I can think is…yeah, there was that one book with summer in the title…but good luck finding it because there are about a trillion others with the exact same word. I think it’s cover had a picture of a beach? Oh…
5. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Angel is one that’s used fairly often and I’ve seen it numerous times. Granted, this title flits over to other genres extensively as well. But there are just a lot of Angels around in YA, I guess. Admittedly, Clare has contributed largely to the repetitive Angel titles floating around in YA seeing as her series focuses around a group of people who share blood with an angel, but it’s interesting to see. There’s a lot of it around. I also really just love the clockwork portion of this title, since I’m rather fond of steampunk.
4. Winterspell by Claire Legrand
I mean, you have to admit, you’ve seen this everywhere or at least some variation of it. Winter titles vary from using the actual word winter or something similar like ice or snow. They’re everywhere. This book’s title is pretty beautiful, in my opinion, but I might be slightly biased for loving the book so much. I definitely like it a lot more than Wintersong, which is exceedingly similar. Something about a Winter Spell sounds a lot more enticing than a Winter Song, which frankly just makes me think of Jingle Bells.
3. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
Ah, I love this title so much. Star is a pretty common title theme in YA literature. I’ve seen it quite often, but fortunately, this is one of those that is so pleasing to the ear and eye that I’m not even upset about it. It doesn’t make the book seem dull like most repetitive titles do, but rather it opens up the book to some sort of shining moment merely on account of the fact that a star is something that shines. I don’t know if everyone has this experience, but I’m definitely a lot more likely to pick up a repetitive Star titled book than a lot of others.
2. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
I love this book and I love this book’s title. Night is a reoccurring title theme in so many YA books. I’ve seen it all over the place and so it really shouldn’t be any surprise that my favorite of the bunch is one that makes it interesting and creative. I mean, a nevernight isn’t something that one sees every day. Whereas when you get books like The Night That… or One Night… etc, you just get bored of them. Some titles speak to you, pop out and scream in a way that just demands for you to read it. But most don’t and Night is definitely overused.
1. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo
Kingdom is used a lot in YA Fantasy. So much so that I don’t even think about it anymore, I just sort of expect it. .This is the only book on this shelf that I haven’t read yet, mainly because I didn’t like the options for Kingdom that came out of what I had read. But it’s also partially because I am desperately anticipating reading this book. It just sounds so amazing. And I’m a sucker for any sort of retelling, so you all knew I was bound to fall in love with the idea of this one. Whether it’s good or not is yet to be seen for me because a) I haven’t read any reviews and b) I haven’t read the book. But the premise excites me enormously and its title is pretty epic.
And that’s all for now! Happy reading, everyone!