Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Character Names In the Titles

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A cup of hot cocoa sitting on an opened book that has little plastic golden stars on it. The book is lying on a window ledge nestled next to a cozy, white blanket. There is snow and ice on the outside of the window. There are so many books out there whose titles include character names that I’m going to be narrowing this week’s topic down a little.

This is a list of books with character names in their titles, and I’ve read and would recommend all of them.

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

3. I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

4. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

5. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

6. Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding

7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

8. Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1) by A.A. Milne

9. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Before I wrote this post, I hadn’t realized that so many of the books featuring character names that I’ve read were written 100+ years ago. I hope that some of you will have good suggestions of contemporary works that fit this criteria.


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82 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Character Names In the Titles

  1. I’ve read many of your books, #1-6 and 8 and you just reminded me that I could have used “Heidi” and would have had ten girls’ names. Well, too late.

    However, then our charachters would have had a name in common and you would have been the first one.

    My TTT this week.

  2. Great list! I had Coraline on my post today as well 😄 I can’t wait to read it.

  3. I love that you went with classics! Perfect!

  4. Great list, lots of classics! I have I Am Malala still on my TBR; I’m hoping to get to it this year.

    My TTT:

  5. I loved Bridget Jones’ Diary more than I thought I would. It was so much fun. And to this day, Coraline creeps me out. How is that a kid’s book? LOL

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  6. James Schoch

    Waiting for Earl to Die should be on the list

  7. Anita@seriesbooklover

    I completely forgot about Bridget Jones!

  8. Great list. I’ve read a majority of these and enjoyed them all.

  9. I’m loving all the classic choices with others dispersed in the middle there. I want to read Coraline myself.

  10. I’ve noticed that having the title solely be the characters name seem to be much more common in classics too.

  11. I plan to read Bridget Jones Diary this year! I also want to get to Jane Eyre at some point too. Great list

  12. Great list! Character name titles definitely seem to be an old trend in books.

  13. Great list! I’d actually meant to include L. M. Montgomery in my list, but then forgot all about Anne (and Emily) when I actually wrote it. I do love Coraline as well, and still think about Still Alice a lot.

  14. Lovely list! I forgot how much I loved Bridget Jones, I may need to re-read that one 🙂

  15. Some great classics. I didn’t even think about them!

  16. You took the classics route–good work! I almost included Henrietta Lacks, but all my others were fiction.

  17. As I was creating my list I thought about you and wondered what names you would find. I decided to stay away from nonfiction and also only select recent reads which made it harder for me to fill out the list. My list of book titles with names

  18. Such a great list! One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre!!

  19. I totally forgot about ‘Coraline!’ I really enjoyed that book (even though my favorite Neil Gaiman novel is still ‘Neverwhere.’)

  20. Great list! I forgot about Anne of Green Gables when I made my list! I am wanting to reread Jane Eyre this year because I can’t remember what I thought of it.

    • Jane Eyre is a wonderful winter reread because so many of the scenes in it are set then (or on chilly/wet days in general). 🙂 May you like it whenever you read it again.

  21. and how did I miss Oliver Twist and Coraline? also Jane Eyre… and come to think of it, Rebecca as well!! thanks for always visiting Lydia.. love your list

  22. All such great books. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I can’t believe I forgot some of these from my own TTT–especially Bridget Jones! Great list 🙂

  24. Michael

    Some great choices here!

  25. I almost put Still Alice on my list. It’s a fantastic book. It actually surprised me as I didn’t think I was going to like it. I also almost put Anne of Green Gables on my list. There are just too many books to choose from. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  26. What a great list Lydia. I have read all except Coraline and Henrietta Lacks (it is on my TBR). They are all books I would recommend as well.

  27. What a great list! I forgot about Winnie the Pooh!

  28. So many feels with Winnie-the-Pooh! This one brings back so many childhood memories. ❤️ Great List!

  29. I’ve only read Jane Eyre from this list (and had some others read to me) but what a great list of classics!

  30. Great list! I see lots of favorites, like Winnie the Pooh and Anne of Green Gables.

  31. That reminds me, I really need to start with the Anne series. thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

  32. I love this “classics” list😁 And I love seeing Bridget Jones’ Diary on here.

  33. My mind totally blanked on this topic for some reason. I’ve read FIVE of the books you listed. Why didn’t any of them come to mind when I was trying to make a list for this prompt? LOL. I’m getting old…

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  34. A collection of great titles here! I’d love to reread Heidi some day!

  35. awesome list! Which reminds me I need to reread Winnie, that was my very first book in English, when I was eleven, and had just been learning English for a few months. I basically checked every word in the dictionary and made this huge bilingual list. Yes, I was already crazy back then, lol

  36. Great list! Oliver Twist was a fun read, and I just finished Anne of Green Gables recently and loved it!

    So interesting to see many classics seem to use names for titles, but that it’s less common more recently! I hadn’t thought about it like that before!

  37. Such a lovely list!! Some of my favorites!

    I haven’t read Coraline but I have seen the movie and thought it was pretty freaky! I haven’t been brave enough to try the novel yet.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

  38. Pretty eclectic list. It‘s been ages since I read Heidi. And I just re-watched a Jane Eyre TV adaptation a few days ago, which was nice (again).

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