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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: A Complete-ly Interesting Titular Trend

When I first saw today's TTT topic—Top Ten Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences—I almost skipped it.  It seemed tough and, frankly, a little boring.  Then, I started noticing how popular this titling trend actually is.  Turns out, this subject is way more interesting than I thought at first glance.  Using my Goodreads lists, it was a cinch to come up with ten books on my TBR list with titles that are a full sentence.  

If you want to perk up your Tuesday a bit, why don't you join in the TTT fun?  All you have to do is click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl to get started.

Top Ten Books On My TBR List With Titles That Are Complete Sentences

1.  She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge—I have this mystery/thriller out from the library right now.  A group of teenagers is on a camping trip when one of their members disappears.  When a body is found ten years later, the campers reluctantly reunite to confront each other and find out what really happened on the fateful trip.

2.  Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland—This historical novel is about the daily dramas of a family living in tight quarters in New Jersey.  When a young woman escaped from Nazi Germany comes to stay in their cramped apartment, even more drama ensues. 

3.  You Belong Here Now by Dianna Rostad—In Depression-era America, orphans from crowded cities are being shipped westward to be adopted by farm families who want children and/or need free labor.  Charles, who's tired of being showcased like livestock, decides enough is enough and jumps the orphan train along with two of his friends.  They happen upon a farm owned by a taciturn woman that just might be the home they've all been longing for.

4.  We Are Not Free by Traci Chee—Another historical, this YA offering is about 14 Japanese-American teenagers who are imprisoned in an internment camp during World War II.

5.  In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead—Like #1, this thriller features a group of friends whose lives are changed irrevocably when a member of their group is killed.  Ten years later, they're reunited.  Someone is determined to flush out the killer, to make sure no one gets away with murder.

6.  Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb—I heard about this YA contemporary over on Sam's blog, We Live and Breathe Books.  It features the titular teen, who is kicked out of her boarding school after taking action against the kids who have been bullying her.  As punishment, she's sent to New York City to be the full-time companion of an eccentric old woman.  When the lady insists someone is trying to murder her, Lucy finds herself tasked with solving a puzzling mystery.

7.  You Can't Catch Me by Catherine McKenzie—A psychological thriller about cults and catching an identity thief?  Yes, please!  

8.  Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri—This middle-grade book recounts what happened to the author when he was transplanted from Iran to rural Oklahoma as a young boy.

9.  Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle—I came across this YA novel last week while looking for books for my survival story-themed TTT list.  It's about two frenemies caught in a hurricane on North Carolina's Outer Banks.  As they fight for survival, both of them learn important lessons about life and each other.

10.  I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf by Grant Snider—Savage, but true!  This volume is full of comics about reading, writing, and the bookworm life we all know and love.  Sounds like tons of fun.

There you have it, ten books on my TBR list that have whole-sentence titles.  Have you read any of them?  Which other books that fit this topic do you recommend?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!


  1. She Lies in Wait sounds really interesting!

    My post:

    1. I agree! I need to read it soon.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  2. Oh this reminds me of some of Fredrik Backman's books. They tend to have long titles in them. Lol.

    1. Yes! They are really long. Wordy titles are definitely trending these days.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  3. I love the title, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf. Made me lol

    1. Right? It's a great one - and so true :)

      Thanks for stopping in, Abigail!

  4. Wow...never would have dreamed there were so many complete-sentence book titles. Now, I'll probably start seeing them everywhere I look. :-)

    1. It'll be like the woman facing away from the camera cover trend - you won't be able to un-see complete-sentence titles!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  5. We Are Not Free and I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf are great picks! I have those both on my TBR, but didn't add them on the TTT this week. There were so many to pick from!

    1. I actually found more books for this topic than I cold use for my list, too. Once I started looking for complete-sentence titles, I found a whole bunch.

      Thanks for stopping by, Nicole!

    2. It did sound like it was going to be harder than it ended up being. :)

  6. Good choices! I didn't even try to do this TTT. Now I'm wishing I had. :)

    1. It ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be, although I had to keep reminding myself that a complete sentence has a subject AND a verb. Just because a title has lots of words doesn't mean it's a complete sentence :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  7. Well Done Susan! I am reading/listening to You Can't Catch Me, right now.

    1. Oooh, are you? What do you think? I'll definitely be watching for your review.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  8. I adored both Meet the Sky and Lucy Clark. Both were surprise hits for me. Happy to see them featured

    1. Oh, good! Did you feature LUCY CLARK on your blog recently? I'm thinking I might have heard about it from you...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  9. Ooh She Lies in Wait sounds pretty fun! You Can't Me as well- i seem to be drawn to the thrillers and suspenseful reads ha!

    1. Same! Even when I tell myself I need to read more uplifting books, I'm still drawn to mystery/thrillers, which tend to be dark and depressing. They're so compelling, though!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

  10. Okay, I have to check out I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf. Sound right up my alley.

    1. It sounds like a really fun book, doesn't it?

      Thanks for stopping in, Cheri!

  11. I don't want to know what someone would think by my bookshelf! LOL. I love that title, though!

    1. Ha ha ha. Right? What's on someone's bookshelf says a lot about them. Maybe too much :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  12. Great list! Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize is on my TBR

    My TTT:

    1. I'm excited to read LUCY CLARK. I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping in, Alycia!

  13. These all look fantastic! I was convinced I wouldn't be able to think of any in this category but I should have gone through my books a little more. I love the ones you've chosen though I haven't read any of them!

    1. This topic was actually easier than I thought it was going to be. I found more titles than I needed for my list.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  14. I added Everything Sad is Untrue to my list a few weeks ago and yet to read it; for that matter, all the books on your list sound and look so-read-worthy, and I am awed you found these cool complete-sentence titles..

    1. EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE sounds like such an interesting read. I just need to find time to make it happen! I hope we both enjoy it.

      Thanks for stopping in!

  15. Great titles, Susan. And a great title for the post. Loved it.

    The only one of your books that I read (and I didn't even think about that one) is the one by Grant Snider. But some of the others sound highly intriguing, like "In my dreams I hold a knife". Wow! Wouldn't want to sleep next to that person. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    1. Ha ha ha. Yeah, I would be concerned about someone who's constantly dreaming of holding weapons. Scary.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

  16. Love the title I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf! It makes me want to pick up the book. :)

    1. Right? It's such a good title!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

  17. Nice job! I always judge people by their bookshelves (or lack there of). LOL Some really fun titles here--Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize for instance.

    1. Ooooh, not having bookshelves is worse than having ones that are filled with terrible books! What about people who have lovely shelves that are only used for knick-knacks and other directions? What kind of person doesn't use bookshelves for books?? Heathens!

      Thanks for stopping in, Lisa!

    2. I couldn't agree more with you two. I rather see a bookshelf with books I would never touch than no bookshelf or a bookshelf with no books.

      And then there are these people (like a former colleague of mine) who only by hardbacks because they look better on a bookshelf. She never read any, she just went and bought like a meter of books that "impress". Gosh!

    3. I have a friend like that! Her books are for display only. What it she thinking??

    4. Probably not a lot. 😉😂

  18. I am intrigued by She Lies in Wait and In My Dreams I Hold a Knife. Cool list!

    1. Same. I'm always drawn to mystery/thrillers that sound compelling. I hope these fit the bill.

      Thanks for coming by, Bianca!

  19. Great list! HAHA.. OMG.. I need to read "I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf." I do that allll the time. haha!!

    1. Me, too! I can't help it. My eyes are always drawn to people's bookshelves and it's so interesting to see what titles they choose to display. It would probably be even more interesting to see the ones they hide. LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie!

  20. Such a fun topic this week! I love seeing all of the variety, and haven't even heard of any of the books on your list. I'll definitely have to look into a few of them though!

    1. It's always fun to see how different bloggers interpret the weekly topic and which books they choose to highlight. TTT is so fun that way!

      Thanks for stopping in, Kristi!

  21. Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize sounds like a fun read! The cover looks gorgeous too!

    1. I agree. I'm not the biggest fan of illustrated covers, but I do like the LUCY CLARK one.

      Thanks for coming by, Shaz!

  22. Nice list! I hadn't heard of any of these before!

  23. "I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf" is such a great title. Made me LOL!

    1. I think all of us readers can relate to that title! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  24. Good choices. I especially like the last one: I will judge you by your bookshelves. So true!

    1. Right? Except now I'm thinking too much about what I've got on my main bookshelves, the ones that everyone sees, and what it says about me...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  25. Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize sounds really interesting. And I didn't know about the Grant Snider book, so thanks for the heads up on that—I just requested it from the library. I love his comics!

    1. I hadn't ever heard of Snider before, but I'm definitely going to pay more attention to his work now!

      Thanks for stopping in, Lark!

  26. Ahh, this is a topic I wanted to do, but just couldn't quite make the time to finish. When I first started browsing options, I mostly came up with phrases, and sometimes I found myself having to check my grammar, so it's fun to see a whole collection of actual full-sentence options.

    Many of these look great. The two that most catch my eye are:
    We Are Not Free -- I've read a few teen novels with this setting, but they were 1980s and 90s prints -- much shorter and written more for a 12-14-year-old audience. I imagine it's a lot more hard-hitting in current YA style.

    Lucky Clark Will Not Apologize -- love the premise! I've read a couple of Rabb's novels and they've been hit-or-miss (Kissing in America > Cures for Heartbreak), but this looks like the best one yet.


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