My criteria for what constitutes “extraordinary” might not agree with you but any title that pique my interest by just a few words is in fact, extraordinary.

Extraordinary book titles are compelling. They make you want to pick up the book and read the back blurb or in the more modern approach—they make you want to check out the Goodreads synopsis.

These titles below made me do that:


Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor my first foray into the Laini Taylor world. I’m apprehensive of beautiful titles—they raise my expectations and often only to disappoint me in the end—Laini already had that against her. But I hate it even more when authors use weird first names for their characters to make their book title sound cool, “Strange” being an example. When I first read the title, “Strange the Dreamer” I was thinking something like: *eye-roll* Oh look the author thought she did something by naming her character “Strange”.

But I especially hate it when authors use too flowery a prose to build their story. I feel like in their effort to sound good, they end up verbose. Over-all, Laini had three points against her when I barely even begun the story. BUT. BUT! BUT!!!

Laini Taylor actually delivered and in spades too! She went beyond my expectations and casually swept me off my feet. When I finished the book, I became a fan. And that’s such an astounding revelation to me because finally, here is an author who proved all my prejudices wrong and handed my pompous a*s back to me on a silver platter.

Consider me humbled.


Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is a master of words. Honestly, what have I been doing all these years sleeping on her talent? But I’m glad I finally caught up to her when she released Strange the Dreamer.

I wasn’t around when Daugher of Smoke & Bone was released but that title is sure to catch anyone’s attention or at least ask, “Daughter of what?” and I think that’s extraordinary.


Howl’s Moving castle

Diana Wynne Jones

Technically first saw this title as a movie but it doesn’t matter whether I saw it as a movie or a book first because either way, the title would catch my attention.

I mean… let’s break it down:

  • Weird first name ✓
  • Compelling Descriptive Words ✓


The Maze Runner

James Dashner

Again, saw this as a movie first but who wouldn’t wanna check out someone running *for* a maze? Is that an official job? A sport?



Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread

Chuck Palahniuk

Heck, does this one even need an explanation? It says right there: “Stories you can’t unread”. Biggest bait of the century.




Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Sci-fi books representing. Illuminae is just an over-all fascinating word not commonly used in the ordinary life so naturally, it would set minds racing.


There’s Someone Inside Your House

Stephanie Perkins

When in doubt, use the spook factor.



A Thousand Boy Kisses

Tillie Cole

When still in dooubt, just put together cute words.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Jennifer E. Smith

Consider your target market. As a a hopeless romantic, this title appealed to me on a whole different level.


And because I can’t resist, here are honorable mentions:



To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jenny Han

As an emo young adult fresh outta college with no accurate perception of love, this may just be the book of my dreams.


By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Paulo Coelho

As an emo teenager who wants to look smart but didn’t actually wanna read anything substantive, this is perfect for me. It’s mainstream, it’s from a respected author and I didn’t wanna get left behind by all the people that have read The Alchemist.

Dot in the Universe

Lucy Ellman

A perfect title to get you bought in a second-hand bookstore. It ‘s from an unknown author so combine a really catchy phrase with cheap price then sold!


Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

Anything ‘Bridge’ followed by an unknown world is a classic, sure fire way of getting noticed.


These next books I haven’t read but I included them for obvious reasons:

The Shape of Water

Daniel Kraus

Breaking the laws of the universe? of Science? Genius.

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthoney Doerr

Contrast is always beautiful and profound.