Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names in the Title

This year, I’ll be participating in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

I thought this was going to be difficult to come up with ten choices, but it turns out I’ve actually read a lot of books with names in the title… and have a lot more on my TBR.

  1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    I limited myself to one per author, and it was a hard choice between The Song of Achilles and Circe, but Achilles made me cry, which meant it perversely won out.
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
    A classic that I came to as an adult, and I didn’t love it any less for that. Though I do wish I’d had Sabriel as an example of fantasy featuring strong women when I was younger. I’m not sure how I missed this series.
  3. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
    This middle grade novel packs a punch, and has a lot to say to both kids and adults alike. A great example of diversity in fiction for younger readers.
  4. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    Again, it was a tough choice between this and Piranesi, but I have to admire Clarke for putting out a book so dense and ambitious for her debut. It’s not for everyone, but this book really rewards close reading and is one of my favourites.
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    From chonky adult fantasy to chonky YA, the Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favourites. I love the way that Meyer keeps elements of each fairytale but also makes them completely her own.
  6. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
    This book has a bit of a cult following over at r/fantasy and I can see why. It’s wildly imaginative, and the prose is excellent. I really need to get around to reading the sequels.
  7. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova 
    I included this one in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m adding it again because I enjoyed it so much.
  8. Lore by Alexandra Bracken
    It doesn’t matter how many times I recommend this book, I still find the cover very unsettling. But the book itself is a fun blend of urban fantasy and Greek myths, and very easy to get hooked by.
  9. Fable by Adrienne Young
    I love seafaring/pirate stuff so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I enjoyed this, but I didn’t expect it to be one of my favourite YA books in recent years. The atmosphere is incredible.
  10. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
    The Raven Cycle was one of my favourite series last year, and I was just blown away by both the depth of character relationships and the prose, as well as the way it turns a lot of the typical YA tropes on their head. (This is actually my least favourite of the quartet, but it was the only one with a character name in the title).

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