Top Ten Tuesday: Book titles taken literally

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

More than 10 – I was on a roll!

A Game of Thrones / George R. R. Martin

A book about a pretty serious game of musical chairs. Musical thrones, of course. They are super heavy to move so it takes ages to adjust after each round. That’s why the book is so big.

This Savage Song / V. E. Schwab

A book about an ambitious singer. His only problem is, that he’s really, really bad, but no one can tell him, as everyone he sings to, dies a horrible death. (I actually have no clue what the real book is about! Am I close?)

Gardens of the Moon / Steven Erikson

A gardening guide about how to keep your greens nice and pretty when you are living on the moon. Includes a selection of the nicest moon gardens.

The City of Mirrors / Justin Cronin

A real city made of mirrors in which the characters are trapped and have to find their way out. Includes lots of staring and running into things.

A Dance with Dragons / George R. R. Martin

Like dancing with the stars, only your partners are real dragons. And you don’t have to actually dance, but get away from the dragons trying to kill you with fire. Might look like dancing.

Looking for Alaska / John Green

An expedition&adventure novel.

Nevernight / Jay Kristoff

Takes place in a land where the sun is always shining. It’s never night! And people are always joyful and happy. It’s a very boring book.

The Girl who played with Fire / Stieg Larsson

A book about a young circus artist trying to master the art of fire-breathing.

Lucifer’s Hammer / Larry Niven

A horror-comedy story about the devil’s construction business.

The Blinding Knife / Brent Weeks

A book about a crazy serial killer who is blinding people with a knife. (Am I close?)

Prince of Thorns / Mark Lawrence

A book about a poor unloved kid who never got hugged by anyone because he has thorns. He’s setting out into the world to find his calling and maybe other Thorn-people that are like him. He is a very good boy but people judge him because he is so prickly.

The Book of Dust / Philip Pullman

A housekeeping guide. How to keep your home clean in 10 easy steps!

Wool / Hugh Howey

Well, the title explains itself, it’s a nice knitting guide for beginners! With the focus on different kinds of wool and their uses.

The Malazan Book of the Fallen / Steven Erikson

A collection of stories about clumsy people who constantly trip over things.

Fifty Shades of Grey / E. L. James

A very boring picture book. But some consider it to be art.


  1. finally, a reliable guide to contemporary literature. Sadly, I hoped to hear better about the last title and I was so curious about the pictures of ashgrey, leadgrey, mousegrey, anatomygrey. But there you go. And wasnΒ΄t the girl who played with fire the famous inventor of Fireabend? Strange how things go.
    And, you know, top of the list, this throne thing. I could imagine, if someone took this serious, there might be an actual HBO blockbuster in it. Perhaps picturing the life of a darts professional and titled “game of throwns”.



    DonΒ΄t tell me. I DO know about tremendously bad jokes πŸ˜‰

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    I actually want to read “Wool”, and only got interested in it because I’m a knitter and the title called to me. πŸ™‚ No idea if I’ll like the book or not, but I love the title.

    I also like your take on “A Dance With Dragons” and “Lucifer’s Hammer”. I would read your versions of them. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Hahaha, these are hilarious! This Savage Song in particular cracked me up! Quite possibly because it’s the only one of these I’ve read…

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  4. hahaha well that’s a game of thrones I’d actually like to play πŸ˜‰ hahaha This Savage Song made me laugh out loud- brilliant!! Oh my gosh I love your interpretation of dance with dragons! If only that’s what looking for Alaska was about πŸ˜‰ (I didn’t know what it was about going in, so I really did hope for at least *some* travelling upto Alaska… or something) OMG Book of Dust would be very dull if that’s what it turned out to be about. And a book about a clumsy person falling over a lot already exists… it’s called Twilight πŸ˜‰ hahahaha again *if only* that was what 50 shades of grey was about!

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    1. LOOOL Twilight, so true haha πŸ˜€

      So did the Alaska book not have anything at all to do with the actual Alaska? I read a sample once..or I think I did! Was it the one with the boy who was sent to a private school/boarding school? That’s all I remember πŸ˜€

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      1. hehe I know right πŸ˜‰

        Sadly not!!! Yes it is set in a boarding school… in Alabama! And even as I reconciled myself to that, I thought at least maybe Alaska would be a metaphor for something in the book. It turned out to just be the main character’s love interest’s name. Very disappointing πŸ˜‰

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  5. Haha I love these! Some of these would be very boring so it’s a good thing the titles aren’t literal, but others? I’d definitely read these versions of A Game of Thrones and A Dance With Dragons πŸ˜› Though maybe they’d be more entertaining as tv shows, especially the latter


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