Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten unique book titles, take 2!

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Somehow, I got myself all scrambled up with TTT topics, so I posted this week’s topic — Top Ten Unique Book Titles — last week instead. Rather than skip a week or repeat myself, I thought I’d do a variation on the theme.

For this week, I’m focusing on a unique kind of book title — titles that are one word only, and that one word is the name of a character in the book (or even a character mentioned but never seen, as in #9, below). And since I’m creating rules for my post, I’m only including books that I’ve actually read.

Here we go — book titles that consist only of a first name:

  1. Mariana by Susanna Kearsley (review)
  2. Venetia by Georgette Heyer (review)
  3. Arabella by Georgette Heyer (review) (it would be easy to fill this list up with just Georgette Heyer books, but I’ll stop at 2)
  4. Mandy by Julie Edwards
  5. LaRose by Louise Erdrich (review)
  6. Prudence by Gail Carriger
  7. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Emma by Jane Austen
  9. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  10. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (yes, I realize that Ivanhoe isn’t the character’s first name, but I’m going with it anyway…)

And in case you’re interested — here’s the link to last week’s post, and here are the book on last week’s list:

  1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  2. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
  3. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  4. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  5. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Shumer
  6. The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsburg
  7. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
  8. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
  9. Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King
  10. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

What book titles made your list this week? Share your link, please, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

(And PS – do you have any favorite books with a one-word character name as a title? Please let me know!)

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Top Ten (OK, make that 5) Tuesday: What’s In A Name?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Character Names I Love or Top Ten Unusual Character Names.

I especially get a kick out of long, weird, or silly names. I had a hard time coming up with ten different characters, but then I decided to shift my focus a bit to fictional worlds with amazing character names — and also decided not to worry about counting to ten. 

Here are five favorite worlds, and some of the amazing names you’ll find there:

1) The worlds of Gail Carriger are filled with truly terrific character names:

From The Parasol Protectorate series:

  • Ivy Hisselpenny
  • Major Channing Channing of the Chesterfield Channings
  • Felicity Loontwill

And from the Finishing School series:

  • Sophronia Temminnick
  • Mrs. Barnaclegoose
  • Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott
  • Agatha Woosmoss
  • Lord Dingleproops
  • And the adorable Bumbersnoot!

2) From the twisted mind of Christopher Moore, we have:

  • Biff (from Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal)
  • Abby Normal (You Suck and Bite Me)
  • Minty Fresh (Coyote Blue and A Dirty Job)
  • Steve (The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove; Steve is the title character!)

3) In the Harry Potter universe, I love the names that are fun to say:

  • Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Severus Snape (and actually, fun to sing, especially if you’re a fan of Potter Puppet Pals)
  • Minerva McGonagall
  • Filius Flitwick
  • Aberforth Dumbledore

Stop me! I could go on and on with this one…

4) From A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin:

This one is really more of a title, I suppose, but I just love every time she announces herself and the title has gotten even longer. The one, the only:

  • Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, Breaker of Shackles, Queen of Meereen. And so on. (There’s probably more that I’ve left out!)

5) And just because. Because no list is complete without an Outlander salute:

  • James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser

Okay, I recognize that this is not at all a top 10 list… more like a top 5 list with a bunch of details… but this is what I came up with!

What fabulous character names do you love? Got any particular long, glorious names that I should know about? And do you know of any more titles for Daenerys?  Please share!

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