Books, Reading

Titles: Anatomy of a Great Book, Part One

Titles Great Book Anatomy

Titles- often the very first thing you’ll notice about a book-

Should tease, tantalize and tickle a reader’s curiosity.

They should make us eager to pick those books up,

Happily getting lost into their pages for hours at a time.

I’ve never  been an expert on the science of anatomy

(I mean, dismember a frog? Gross…) but

When it comes to books,  for me, that’s a different story.

So, come and dissect what makes for a great read-

What blasts them beyond mildly entertaining into

The stratosphere of superb-

One aspect at a time.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to present

The first of my eight part series:

Anatomy of a Great Book!


Let’s start with titles then, shall we?

After all, that’s where the fun begins.

So buckle in readers,

Lift-off in ten, nine, eight…


Titles Bookaneer

Titles: Call It Like It Is

First impressions matter. A lot.

Especially when it comes to the books we read.

Because really, which book are you more likely

To pick up off the shelf and thumb through:

“How to Fix Your Bike” of “Bike Repair for Dummies”?

In a sea of words and information, we accept or reject books,

(Regardless of the quality of their contents)

By the title emblazoned on the cover and down its spine.


Titles have led me down some dangerous pitfalls,

But also on some wonderful adventures I would

Otherwise never have tried.

Confession: I nearly didn’t read “Pride and Prejudice”

(One of my all-time favourite books)

Simply because, in my adolescent brain, I thought

“Ugh, that sounds so boring. Pass.”

Others I only picked up because of their title;

Books which zoomed me away to dazzling new heights.

After all, how could I resist such enticing headers as

“The Mermaid and the Shoe”, “Rapunzel’s Revenge” or

“Attack of  the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons”?

Photos courtesy of Bumbershoot Photography.

Blast-off! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

To horribly paraphrase and misquote Shakespeare:

“The title’s the thing to capture the king.”

Because in a market economy, money talks.

Good titles sell books; they intrigue us readers,

Sometimes prompting into even buying those treasures on a whim.


What titles have tickled your fancy? Teased you, tantalized and

Made you pick up a book? If it had been named differently

What might have you ignored and never read?

What is the most truly awful title you can think of?

Coming up next: two titles that are sure to

Blast readers into bookworm nirvana. Stay tuned.

Until then, wonderful books are all around us:

Never stop hunting for treasure!


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