Book Titles: A Guide to Interpreting Them

Ok, so when a book is announced, there are three things I look out for: release date, cover and title. That last one is a big thing for fans. Everytime a title is announced, all the fans are immediately like “OMG RUBY CIRCLE!!! Must have something to so with those ruby cufflinks!” It’s literally the most random thing ever. How the hell do they come up with book titles? Seriously, I’ve just spent 5 minutes looking at my bookshelf going:

For example, Frostbite by Richelle Mead is a big WHAT??? Ok, I know it has a ski lodge setting in it, but that’s really it for the frosty bits. I think it’s one word titles that always confuse me. Here’s a list of books where I try to relate the title to the story:

  • Gravity by Melissa West- It’s a sci-fi which means planets which means Earth which means gravity?
  • Tandem by Anna Jezab – Um… Parallel universes happen at the same time which means they run in tandem.
  • Abandon by Meg Cabot – But no one gets abandoned in this book.

The Infernal Devices series is another one that just makes no sense. Clockwork Angel has like Tessa’s angel in it, I guess, but the other two… Clockwork Prince?? Clockwork Princess??? WHO??

Then there’s good old Percy Jackson with their titles. They tell you exactly what they have. First one, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief has a lightning thief as the plot starter. The next, Sea of Monsters has a totally unexpected sea of monsters. Um whaaa??

In between the PJOs and Clockworks, there’s the titles that kinda hint at it’s content. This is technically most of the books, as when you read them, it becomes clear why it’s titled that. It’s kinda like a mystery case you solve which is cool but at the start, you’re just so confused.

TL;DR Book titles are weird. 


Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

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