bookish top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: October 13th 2020

My last Top Ten Tuesday post was a list of books with single-word titles – so it’s only fitting that our first post-hiatus TTT topic is super long book titles!

Two possible approaches to this prompt came to mind: there’s plenty of recent fiction with long titles thanks to the popular titling convention of the last few years (think A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, or any book that follows the blank of/to blank and blank format).

The other approach, which I chose, was nonfiction books with subtitles… which produced a list that pretty much sums up 2020: death! disaster! science! science denial! disease! but also how do I stay calm with my kids?

Header image is from Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach

The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus, Richard Preston

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Donnie Eichar

The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, Masha Gessen

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, Michelle McNamara

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Laura Markham

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Svetlana Alexievich

Fire Road: The Napalm Girl’s Journey Through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness, and Peace, Kim Phúc Phan Thị

How did you interpret this prompt? What long titles are on your shelves?

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  1. The Demon-Haunted World was such a good read.

    My post.

    1. A great book so far and very relevant for current events. My library loan expired while I was halfway through, looking forward to finishing it in a few weeks when it comes off hold!

  2. Subtitles definitely make for a mouthful, don’t they?

    Happy TTT!


    1. They really do! :’) Thanks for commenting, happy (belated) TTT!

    1. All of the nonfiction I’ve read this year has leaned into the doom and gloom state of things while the fiction has largely been the opposite… It’s been an odd year, haha. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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