Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective In the Title

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The following words are written on a green background: adjectives, verbs, prepositions, nouns, tenses, activate, study, adverbs, learning grammar. Here’s a quick and humorous story about adjectives before I dive into this week’s prompt.

When I was in elementary school, our teacher had us write poems that needed to have a specific number of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and other parts of speech in certain portions of the poem.

I was a little unsure about what made an adjective different from the other parts of speech, so I opened a nearby dictionary and selected words based in large part on what the dictionary said about which part of speech each one belonged to.

This is probably not exactly what my teacher was hoping we’d do, but I finished the project and technically followed all of the rules for it.

1. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

2. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Edward Albee

4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

5. The Case of the Perfect Maid – a Miss Marple Short Story by Agatha Christie

6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

8. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho

9. The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

10. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

74 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective In the Title

  1. Great list! These include some titles that I might have used if I wrote my post with books that I had read instead of books on my TBR (including The House of the Seven Gables and The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo).

    I love the story of your poem writing experience! Whether it was what the teacher intended or not, it sure seems to have worked.

    My TTT

    • Ooh, good question. I don’t know if I do or not. I’ll dig through my old school things and see if I can find it! (It might take a while as they’re in storage).

  2. Love your story, Lydia. There are so many books with adjectives, you have some good choices here. I have read and enjoyed: The Diary of a Young Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

  3. Sounds like you were a very literal and smart child! And I actually get that anxiety about wanting to get an assignment JUST right. These kinds of prompts bring out that anxiety in me, making me question if I REALLY know what an adjective is. I have a degree in English, so I’ve actually STUDIED this stuff, but it’s been a looonnggg time and I don’t want to look dumb, so…I went with a totally different topic, just in case. I might need professional help for my weird neuroses…

    I’ve read four of the books on your list. There’s a book about Anne Frank on my list this week as you know since you’ve already visited. I find her story so sad, but also so fascinating.

    Happy TTT!


    • Thank you! Yeah, I think that describes me well.

      It’s interesting that you found those kinds of assignments anxiety-inducing, too! I think it’s cool you have a degree in English. I dreamed of getting one, but the college I attended didn’t offer such a thing. 🙂

      And, yeah, Anne Frank’s story is both fascinating and heartbreaking. I can’t help but to wonder what she would have done if she’d lived. Maybe she would have been an author as an adult!

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