Blog Hop: Judging a Book By Its…Title

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you think a book’s title is important?

A book’s title is possibly THE important thing for me.  I pick up some books by way of word of mouth, and in that case it will usually be a friend telling me something about the story (and why I should love it). And I read a fair number of books because I’ve read the author before and want to see what else they’ve written.

But a lot of the books I read?  Either I click on a book review, or I pull a book off a shelf.  And in either case, whether it’s a post title or the spine of the book, the first thing I have to go on is the title.

The funny thing is, with a few exceptions (The True Meaning of Smekday or The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland come to mind), the title doesn’t stay all that important to me.  I wouldn’t say that I particularly love the titles of most of the books I particularly love.  But there has to be something about the title that caught my eye to begin with!

Do titles make a big difference in what you read?  Or do you find books in a way (word of mouth, for example) that makes the title less important?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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4 Responses to Blog Hop: Judging a Book By Its…Title

  1. Covers are the thing that pull me in first and then the title, and then of course the genre and summary.

    Very nice answer. I always enjoy reading your thoughts.

    Have a great rest of your day.

    Happy Hopping!!

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  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review says:

    I just posted a discussion about good book titles! Like you, I would say the title plays a role in a book’s attracting my attention, but once I’ve experienced the contents it becomes just part of the whole package.

  3. dianem57 says:

    I would say the author, or a recommendation, are more important than the title for me when I’m choosing a book. Of course, when I buy books on Amazon, I can read reviews, too, so that makes the title even less important.

  4. Jason says:

    Very well put. I forgot to mention the importance of the title as being the first point of reference. I am glad to have discovered your lovely blog through the hop. I see that you reviewed “The Martian” recently and I just finished reading that one not too long ago. I seem to have enjoyed it a little more than you did though.

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