Dec 3, 2012

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Question – Have You Ever Purchased a Book Because of the Title?

Last week I asked about silly titles.  This week I thought I would ask about catchy titles.

A book’s title definitely has the power to draw me towards a book, but I can’t say that for me it has ever influenced my decision to actually buy a book.  But as I said, a title has definitely led to to pick up a book in order to check out the blurb in a bookstore. But I know of some friends who have purchased a book simply because the title ‘spoke’ to them. Brave suckers my friends are…

Shaedes of Gray” by Amanda Bonilla is a book that drew me in by the title (and the cover but that is a topic for another day ;))  Why was ‘shaedes’ written that way?  What did it mean?

Three Days to Dead” by Kelly Meding is another book that caught my attention with the title.  Again, I found myself asking “What does that mean?”

There are a few more but those are the two that come to me off the top of my head.  Your turn now… 

Have you ever purchased a book because of the title?

  1. Rebecca Mills says:

    Yes one was Accindentel Demon Slayer Angie Fox and it was an awesome book and lead to many more. There have been others but it’s early yet and I am still on cup of coffee #1 and it’s too hot to drink so I can’t think

  2. Yes – I just checked my books reviewed list. Although I have more on Goodreads, this was a quick check.
    Here is what caught me with just the title.
    Pamela DuMond – Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys
    Lorelei James – Long Hard Ride (then ended buying the entire series!)
    Sarah MacLean – Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

  3. I picked up Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other just for the title. The guy on the cover bordered on creepy for me, maybe because his skin is almost grayish compared to hers, but the title sucked me right in.

  4. I’ve never purchased just on title alone since I read so many book blogs and it’s impossible to not have heard of most books before their release. I have been swayed by titles, though, since I assume a clever title means clever writing. Dead, Undead or Somewhere in Between ended up being great and different from your average vampire story, which the title conveyed. I bought Dead on the Delta (after it was recommended by Stacia Kane), which I also loved and thought the title evoked the mood of the book quite well. I bought Three Days Till Dead because it seemed like a fast-paced ride, which it was. That book didn’t work quite as well for me, but I can’t deny the title fits very well.

  5. Ugh.. I meant Three Days To Dead. Geez, I just read it in your original post right before I started typing. You’d think I could get it right! Blah!

  6. No… like Sara O said it’s impossible not to “hear” about an upcoming book any more… most authors do prerelease stuff on the blogs. Now that I think about it, I don’t really pay too much attention to titles besides trying to find it on goodreads or Amazon. But covers… that’s another thing and I have purchased books based 70% on cover, 30% blurb and I’ve been disappointed (A Blood Seduction) and wonderfully surprised (Wallbanger). So that right there is the reverse. Wallbanger is such a cheesy title until I read the book and Blood Seduction sounded so cool… until I read the book.

  7. Titles can definitely catch me – First Grave On the Right is an example of a great title – but the only book I’ve ever actually bought just because of the title was When Harry Met Molly, a Regency by Kieran Kramer. When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I couldn’t resist it.

  8. I have a couple of times and it usually leads to good books. Dead Witch Walking by Kim harrison was one and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare was another. I have also watched TV shows and Movies based on a title (but i dont buy those). The title and the cover makes the book, thats why i feel sorry for good books with bad covers/titles. Will they ever get read? 😉

  9. Iswari Sharma says:

    The first book in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series (Slave To Sensation) caught my eye several years ago and boy am I glad! I still think it is one of the best from her and it hooked me onto the series for life. Rachel Caine’s first Weather Warden book (Ill Wind) was another title for me that lead me to read that great series (and wish to God that I had a David around *sigh*)

  10. Rebecca – That is a cool title! And lol about the coffee 😉

    Michelle – “Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys” is a great title 🙂

    Sydney – Yeah…the art isn’t the best but great title. Shows you can’t always go by the cover lol

    blodeuedd – lol

    Sara – “Dead, Undead and Somewhere in Between” is an amazing title. And you’re right – a great read too!

    erin – You guys are so right about it being almost impossible not to at least hear of a book before going out to the bookstore with all the review sites out there now. Smarty pants you are… 😉

    Jen – When Harry Met Sally is one of my mostest favorite movies too!

    Jamie – I agree with TV and movie titles sucking me in sometimes. And your title choices are great. 🙂

    Iswari – I really have to read Rachel Caine’s WW series. I have book one…sitting on my shelf…looking at me…waiting…lol

  11. Fun topic! Picking up books based on titles, can be a dangerous prospect, as great titles so often mask lack luster books, but I was drawn to each of the following novels because of their titles:

    When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen – this title drew me in immediately. It brought to mind a mental image of a tiny village on the edge of a haunted sea, beset by dark things coming from blood red waters. Unfortunately while this novel started off delivering beautifully on the promise of its title, the middle to end parts were very disappointing.

    Or Nice Girls Don’t have Fangs by Molly Harper – this title was just too cute for words. I knew I’d love this series based on the title alone, and I wasn’t disappointed. The author and I share a similar sense of humor.

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – my attraction to this point was part cover love (it IS a beautiful cover), and part title love. The title just sounded so ominous, and when combined with the synopsis – whow. I just had to read this book, and it definitely delivered on all of the promise inherent in its title.

    Black Sun Rising by CS Friedman – Love the inherent darkness in this sci fi novel’s title. And the cover was amazing too. The guy on the cover just screams, dark, brooding alpha male. It promised a very shadowed story, and ended up being one of the best dark fantasy’s I’ve read, with THE absolute best dark, sexy antihero.

    I think this selection makes it pretty clear that I’m drawn to dark, somewhat ominous titles (the Nice Girls book being the notable exception). : )

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