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Cover designs can vary so much from one round of printing to the next that I decided to focus on titles this week. I included links to descriptions of the plots of these stories for anyone who needs them, and I also added a sentence or two about why each one grabbed my attention.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
I loved stuffed animals and dolls when I was a kid, so the idea of a velveteen rabbit appealed to me immediately.
The Kind of Girl I Am by Julia Watts
This title didn’t make sense to me at all when I first saw it, so I had to figure out what it was actually saying!
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
Isn’t that an attention-grabbing title? I sure thought it was good. Originally, I’d assumed he was adopted and wanted to see if my guess was correct there.
The Bigger Book of Lydia by Margaret Willey
This was one of the first times I ever remember seeing my name in a book title, and it made this a must-read for me. Luckily, it’s become a little more common to find characters who share my name these days.
17 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Chose Based on Their Titles
Very nice. I have yet to see many with my given name in the title. Oh well.
I hope you find more books with your name in the title soon!
I loved The Velveteen Rabbit…. every time I read it I get the warm fuzzies.
Same here. 🙂
Ha! One of the books in college literature course had a character with (a version of) my given name, and I’ve never been so distracted by trying to listen to a lecture in my life! About got whiplash because my head would snap up every time the professor said the character’s name…
Oh yes, the Velveteen Rabbit. Great book for all ages.
I’ve picked up books purely because of the title before, too. One of the most recent ones was A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking. With a title like that, I just had to know more!
What a fantastic title!
I love the idea of focusing on titles, as I will pick up a book with an intriguing title. I also loved the Velveteen rabbit. I also used to buy books with people’s names in it as gifts, because its cool to see your name in print or in a film in this way.
And what a neat thing to give as a gift.
Now that you’ve mentioned it, I don’t recall reading about many (any?) characters named Lydia before. Interesting, because I don’t feel as if it’s really that unusual a name!
No, it’s not terribly unusual! I have no idea why it isn’t more common in fiction. 🙂
I have also picked up books because my name is in the title, but I don’t find them very often.
I cry every single time I read The Velveteen Rabbit…. gosh what a great story!