Top Ten Tuesday | Titles I Would Rename

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. You don’t have to do all ten. Instead you can do three, five, fifteen, whatever you want. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s topic is Titles I Would Rename. I thought this one might be fun. I think we have all read a book that has given us a misleading title. Often, a title is a window into a book, just a few short words to give you a glimpse into the story. Sometimes, the title just doesn’t convey the topic well. Here are some books I think share that particular affliction. Caution: sarcasm and snark to follow.

Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) by Laura Sebastian – Maybe it is just me but I have no idea where the “smoke” part of this title came from. It is supposed to allude to some kind of subterfuge? If it is I think that the point was missed as this book would be better titled Girl Walking Around Feeling Sorry for Herself and Ignoring the Real Problems.

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco – I feel like I have made my feelings on this book very clear but here I shall toss them at your yet again. The Devil, in this case the mass murderer at the World’s Fair, may as well have not even been in this book. It had so little to do with him and his murders it was disgusting. This book would be better named Audrey Loses Herself to a Man who Ain’t Shit.

Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin – When this book came out I was so excited to read it! Exclamation point excited! Too many exclamation points! Make it stop! Then I got to read it and it was like dragging my feet through brackish water. The book was nothing like what I was lead to believe and I DNFed it around 55% through. A better title would be Self Serving Girl & Stubborn Misogynist.

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen – Here is another book I DNFed that I pulling off a dusty shelf. I feel like Nyxia is a book you either absolutely love or can’t bring yourself to finish. You can see which camp I am in, obviously. It would be better titled Repeat the Same Scene Over and Over into Oblivion.

Handbook for Mortals (Handbook for Mortals #1) by Lani Sarem – If you don’t know the drama that rose up around this book then I encourage you to pop over to its Goodreads page where the drama is hashed out with links and amusing gifs. The being said, I would title this book Handbook for Liars Trying to Cheat the System.

On the Island (On the Island #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves – I read and reviewed this book very early on my blogging journey, long before Literary Weaponry was ever a thing, and moved the review to this blog after its creation. While the book itself wasn’t terrible, if a little out of my usual wheelhouse, a better title would be This Should have Ended 100 Pages Sooner.

Alright, alright, I’m done being a negative Nancy for now. Disagree with any of my takes? Let me know in the comments!

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