Top Ten Tuesday for October 13, 2020 – LONG Book Titles.


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment on her weekly post.

This week the topic is:
LONG Book Titles.

While coming up with a one-word title is difficult, some authors just let themselves go wild and entitle their books with nearly whole paragraphs of text. Here are the longest entitled books (and I’m including non-fiction with fiction in this list) that I’ve reviewed on this blog in descending order.

10a. This Should Be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle (8 words, 36 characters, 43 with spaces)

10b. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg (8 words, 38 characters, 45 with spaces)

9. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Schaffer (8 words, 42 characters, 49 with spaces)

8. Paris: The Epic Novel of the City of Lights by Edward Rutherfurd (9 words, 35 characters, 43 with spaces)

7. Things My Son Needs to Know About the World by Fredrik Backman (9 words, 35 characters, 43 with spaces)

6. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (9 words, 35 characters, 43 with spaces)

5. The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 by J.B. Morrison (9 words, 40 characters, 49 with spaces)

4. Not Quite Lost: Travels Without a Sense of Direction by Roz Morris (9 words, 44 characters, 52 with spaces)

3. I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell (10 words, 37 characters, 46 with spaces)

2 And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (10 words, 44 characters, 53 with spaces)

  1. How to be a Heroine or What I’ve Learned from Reading Too Much by Samantha Ellis (13 words, 50 characters, 62 with spaces)

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What is the book with the longest title you’ve read or reviewed?

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday for October 13, 2020 – LONG Book Titles.

  1. I’ve read Fried Green Tomatoes, Guernsey etc. and How To Be a Heroine. Good reads! A glance back at my archives shows I’ve reviewed some pretty long titles too: The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; Jennifer, Hecate, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (E.L. Konigsburg has many fantastic book titles); and Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?

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  2. I think Fried Green Tomatoes may be my longest title, excluding nonfiction, which always seems to have long secondary titles. It makes me realize that even when books have a long title, no one really uses the whole thing.

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  3. Bachman does love a long title, doesn’t he? I need to read both of those. I’ve only read the Beartown series by him, but I really enjoyed it. Great list!

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  4. thanks for visiting my blog – and the longest one I found that I’ve read is the 100 year old man jumped out a window etc. Your list is interesting because I found a Backman book that I’ve never heard of and I thought I’d read everything by him. Off to the library I go! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Amazing list! I like your choices haha, I honestly hadn’t realised how long some of them get 😁 I tried this prompt but I eventually tried ‘ranking the Simons of literature’. Of which I thought there was a lot but turns out there isn’t really lol. I guess it’s also to do with names? It tenuous I know, but check it out if you want to see how Simon cowell ranks against Simon spier!

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