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


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

  1. I bet you actually learned a lot about the parts of speech!

  2. These are some great examples! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Evelyn Hardcastle.

  3. Jo

    I’ve not read any of these, but I do want to read Evelyn Hardcastle and Diary of A Young Girl one day.
    My TTT:

  4. Nice list, I should have thought of The House of the Seven Gables

  5. Great List and fun story about adjectives 😀
    I have only read one book on your list: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (well in French Le Journal d’Anne Frank).

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  6. Miraculous, wonderous, curious… SO many good adjectives!

  7. 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

  8. I’ve only read Anne Frank from your list. Well, I’ve also read Nathaniel Hawthorne, but it was The Scarlet Letter not The House of the Seven Gables.

  9. I’ve heard great things about Evelyn Hardcastle.

  10. I didn’t know F Scott Fitzgerald wrote Benjamin Button! You learn something new every day 🙂

  11. As a teacher myself, I would have given you an extra mark for effort and originality. At least you took the project seriously!

    You made a list of books with marvelous adjectives! Well done!

    Happy TTT! Here’s our: Ten Books to better describe your Wardrobe

  12. I just went with the premise that an adjective is a describing word but you really thought this through! Kudos to that

  13. This is such a miraculous, wondrous, curious list! 😉 I love your story. When I was young and learned about adjectives, my teacher told us that you should only use up to 3 for each word. For some reason I interpreted that as ALWAYS USE 3 ADJECTIVES! My writing got a lot longer. xD

    Here’s my post!

  14. Great list! I’d love to see that poem you wrote — do you still have a copy?

    • 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).

  15. Great story! I have only read A Diary of a Young Girl, but have heard of several other authors on your list. Have a great week.

  16. I’ve enjoyed the Miss Marple shorts I’ve read, but I think I still need to pick up The Case of the Perfect Maid.

  17. Oh this is a great list, with some very nice adjectives!

  18. I read Charlotte Doyle! Fascinating!

  19. Poinsettia

    I really enjoyed The Diary of a Young Girl, but it has been a while since I read it!

  20. All of these titles really draw the reader in! Great post.

  21. You found so many titles with such awesome adjectives! I’m impressed. 🙂

  22. haha! Great story. I bet you ended up learning a lot though. You did really well with your list! 🙂

  23. 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.

  24. Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  25. Nice list. Funny–my son mentioned The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald a few days ago. Enjoy your week.

  26. I always thought seven Gables was such a cool title.

  27. Love the titles you suggested, especially The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

  28. I bet Agatha Christie would have LOTS of appropriate titles for this subject. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland this week. Really appreciate this, Lydia.

  29. Great story and great picks! I still have The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao on my TBR but I absolutely love the title 😍

  30. 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!

  31. I need to check out The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo since I’ve enjoyed all the other Zen Cho books I’ve picked up. Aw, younger you definitely did her best.

  32. How funny.

    I don’t remember doing a lot about parts of speech. It’s always daunted me, but I’ve managed so far 😂🤣

  33. Great list!
    And I have read 4, 6 (like all the kids my age at school in France) and 7

  34. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was so good! Great list!

  35. These are great choices for this week’s topic!

  36. Great story and fab picks! Evelyn Hardcastle is on my TBR!

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