Top Ten Tuesday | The best book titles of 2019


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is ‘Extraordinary Book Titles (submitted by Elise @ A Book and a Cup)’, so today I’m going to share some of my favourite titles from 2019* releases with you!

*One title is a 2018 release I read in 2019, and it was too good not to include, and another is one that was released in 2018 in some places and 2019 in others.

In a lot of ways I don’t pay much attention to what a book’s called – at least I don’t think I do. I know when I don’t like a title, but for the most part I accept the book’s title as the title because naming things is hard. I do love pretty, unusual names, though, and I quite like titles that include a character’s name.


The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly: This title’s so pretty, and I loved this novelette; I need to check out more of Connolly’s work.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins: Something about this title rolls so easily off the tongue.

A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard: I think this title’s gorgeous and I love the cover, too. This is a short story collection I really want to read.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers: Chambers’ sci-fi always has amazing titles in my opinion, and this is another pretty one.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Maybe it’s because I went to Seville earlier this year where there was a surplus of orange trees, but I feel like I can smell this title.


All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle: I think this title is really fun! Also while the US edition is pretty, I think the UK edition is GORGEOUS.

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson: I don’t think I could tell you why I like this title so much, I just do.

Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy: This is quite possibly my favourite title of the year. Not only does this novel include witchcraft but it’s also set during the famous British summer of 1976 when there was a heatwave, so I love the title’s double meaning.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite: What’s not to love about this title?

The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs by Katherine Howe: It’s not quite as good as The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, but it’s still a great title!

Which books made your list this week?

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | The best book titles of 2019

  1. Rissi says:

    Pretty sure with exception to ‘Orange Tree,’ I haven’t heard of any of these books or their titles! It’s always fun to find a good selection of new favorites, and so far, it looks like you’ve had some great ones this year. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Jess.

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Thank you! They’re both books I want to read, too. The Priory of the Orange Tree is such a beast and I really want to read it before the end of the year, but I read a lot on my commute and I have the hardback which is way too big to take on the bus!


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