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.

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.

    • Have you read the sequels to Bridget Jones’ Diary? (Or maybe it was just one sequel?)

      And, yeah, Coraline is super terrifying for a kids book for sure.

    • 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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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