Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Super Loooong Book Titles


Top Ten Tuesday: Super Loooong Book Titles

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - This is in my TBR pile, so much so, that I believe I've accidentally bought multiple used copies at library book sales over the years. Maybe an alternative title should have been "Portrait of A Young Male Artist"? 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Nowadays an editor might retitle this "Hi, God? Margaret, here.".

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - I love the author's humor, but it's nice to have clarification that it's about horrible things for those who need to know beforehand.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - It's just a weird title altogether, I know it makes logically sense when you read the story, but it's a mouthful and even the abbreviation for it feels long.

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - No one ever adds the "and What Alice Found There" to the title. No one.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - Most people simply know it as “The Princess Bride”. If I remember correctly, it’s actually a retelling/revisioning of another story.

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist—the Facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England - This has been in my TBR pile for longer than I want to admit. I guess adding Jane Austen and Charles Dickens to the title was a better selling point?

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - A personal favorite of mine. Thankfully, the sequel "Solutions and Other Problems" is quicker to say and type.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Long, yes, but it's fun to say dramatically and kids still love it.

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest ... Came to Live with Us for Three Months - Wow. I didn't know this book existed prior to this TTT. That has to be the longest title ever. I guess "My Son's Family Moves In" wouldn't do.


  1. Subtitles definitely make for a mouthful, don't they?

    Happy TTT!

  2. I sure liked Hyperbole and a Half.

    My post.

  3. A short title with a : after it is like a warning that things are going to get long.

  4. I also have Hyperbole and Alexander on my list! Great list!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog



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