Most Poetic Book Titles
Silly and funny titles are way cool, but this list for titles you think are just beautiful in themselves. Even if the book itself is not so hot (or you haven't read it!), the title is memorable.
1 The Unbearable Lightness of...
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2 One Hundred Years of Solitude
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 415,333 ratings
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3 A Thousand Splendid Suns
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 556,705 ratings
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4 Extremely Loud and Incredib...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 226,369 ratings
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5 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 53,685 ratings
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6 To Kill a Mockingbird
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,057,108 ratings
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7 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 145,450 ratings
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8 And Then There Were None
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 234,709 ratings
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9 Everything Is Illuminated
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 108,523 ratings
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10 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 568,677 ratings
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11 Midnight in the Garden of G...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 120,437 ratings
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12 If on a Winter's Night a Tr...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 34,422 ratings
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13 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,120,840 ratings
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14 A Streetcar Named Desire
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 140,990 ratings
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15 Something Wicked This Way C...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 49,086 ratings
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16 Everything That Rises Must ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 11,058 ratings
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17 Where Angels Fear to Tread
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 6,019 ratings
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18 Never Let Me Go
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 207,260 ratings
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19 The Remains of the Day
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 78,072 ratings
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20 The Particular Sadness of L...
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3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 36,702 ratings
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21 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 134,842 ratings
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22 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 383,411 ratings
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23 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 638,115 ratings
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24 Love in the Time of Cholera
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 237,263 ratings
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25 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 213,480 ratings
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26 All Quiet on the Western Front
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 161,775 ratings
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27 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 324,621 ratings
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28 The Silence of the Lambs  (...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 276,667 ratings
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29 East of Eden
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 240,551 ratings
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30 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 57,813 ratings
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31 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 149,209 ratings
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32 As I Lay Dying
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 75,238 ratings
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33 The Sound and the Fury
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 97,542 ratings
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34 The Shadow of the Wind (The...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 202,903 ratings
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35 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 675,105 ratings
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36 Snow Falling on Cedars
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 94,890 ratings
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37 The Winter of Our Discontent
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 22,932 ratings
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38 Heart of Darkness
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 165,545 ratings
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39 No Country for Old Men
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 76,483 ratings
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40 The Art of Racing in the Rain
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 239,459 ratings
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41 Cry, the Beloved Country
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 39,427 ratings
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42 The Curious Incident of the...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 624,702 ratings
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43 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 743,631 ratings
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43 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 41,232 ratings
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45 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 147,438 ratings
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46 Last Night I Sang to the Mo...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 2,111 ratings
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47 Girl, Interrupted
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 105,222 ratings
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48 The Name of the Rose
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 146,539 ratings
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49 Let the Northern Lights Era...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 2,881 ratings
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50 Far from the Madding Crowd
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 54,005 ratings
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51 The Earth Hums in B Flat
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,389 ratings
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52 The Wind in the Willows
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 92,408 ratings
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53 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 144,794 ratings
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54 The Old Man and the Sea
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 312,663 ratings
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55 In Search of Lost Time, Vol...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 18,823 ratings
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56 Portrait Of The Artist As A...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 73,273 ratings
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57 The Inheritance of Loss
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 30,863 ratings
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58 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 164,877 ratings
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59 The Sailor Who Fell from Gr...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 6,331 ratings
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60 A Heartbreaking Work of Sta...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 122,202 ratings
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61 I Capture the Castle
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 42,256 ratings
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62 I Know This Much Is True
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 197,682 ratings
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63 The Sense of an Ending
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 76,577 ratings
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64 The God of Small Things
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 130,191 ratings
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65 A Blind Man Can See How Muc...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,926 ratings
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66 A Pale View of Hills
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,871 ratings
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67 Long Day's Journey Into Night
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 20,646 ratings
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68 Every Man Dies Alone
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 8,403 ratings
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69 The Other Side of Silence
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 120 ratings
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70 Chronicle of a Death Foretold
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 46,407 ratings
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71 The Solitude of Prime Numbers
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 20,505 ratings
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72 Cloud Atlas
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 113,611 ratings
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73 The Name of the Wind (The K...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 205,662 ratings
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74 The Rime of the Ancient Mar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 27,468 ratings
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75 The Call of the Wild
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 168,383 ratings
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76 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 428,806 ratings
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77 Flow My Tears, the Policema...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 16,137 ratings
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78 This Side of Paradise
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 31,135 ratings
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79 Of Human Bondage
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 26,298 ratings
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80 A Moveable Feast
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 60,713 ratings
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81 The Year of Magical Thinking
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 67,197 ratings
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82 Desolation Angels
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,292 ratings
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83 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,370,685 ratings
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84 The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 83,342 ratings
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85 Dark As The Grave Wherein M...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 105 ratings
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86 I Have the Right to Destroy...
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 864 ratings
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87 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 372,476 ratings
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88 The Lovely Bones
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,178,037 ratings
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89 The Divine Comedy
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 60,756 ratings
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90 Nectar in a Sieve
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 5,300 ratings
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91 I Never Promised You a Rose...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 19,095 ratings
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92 A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10,716 ratings
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93 The Spirit Catches You and ...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 31,916 ratings
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94 A Moon for the Misbegotten
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95 From Here to Eternity
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 10,000 ratings
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96 Jude the Obscure
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 33,826 ratings
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97 Say You're One of Them
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 9,529 ratings
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98 Wide Sargasso Sea
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 28,337 ratings
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99 Everything Ravaged, Everyth...
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100 The Turn of the Screw
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Comments (showing 1-15 of 15) (15 new)

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message 1: by Brixton (new)

Brixton I like this list. It is the only one I keep returning to when I am reminded of titles I didn't see on list or as such titles randomly occur to me.


message 2: by Reese (new)

Reese I'm also enjoying visiting this list now and again. The choices reveal an astonishing diversity of definitions of "poetic."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I combined duplicates; hopefully this corrected the problem.


 ~☆ Alice♥♥ Virender wrote: ""Wuthering heights" is not a poetic title."

It sure sounds poetic to me and always has. It evokes gothic images.


message 5: by jeanie (new)

jeanie How are books "scored"?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The book you rank first gets a hundred points, the one you rank second, ninety-nine, and so on down through one hundred books.


message 7: by jeanie (new)

jeanie Ok. Now I see. Thank you.


message 9: by Dermo (new)

Dermo I wonder who can add to this list. An awful lot of awful on it. Hemingway and Steinbeck are both very good at the poetic titles though.


message 10: by jeanie (new)

jeanie Anyone can post to it. Perhaps what is poetic to one is not poetic to another? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, afterall.


message 11: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Dermo wrote: "I wonder who can add to this list. An awful lot of awful on it. Hemingway and Steinbeck are both very good at the poetic titles though."

Remember too that (for this list) it is only how good the titles sound that counts. The book itself could suck eggs, and still be worth including if the title is cool sounding. As for the actual results, well, that's democracy, I guess.


message 12: by Christie (new)

Christie I think you've made a lot of great choices here. I have to say though that some are poetic because the titles are taken directly from lines of poems! Not sure how "Jaws" fits though. lol


message 13: by Dahlia (last edited Feb 05, 2014 10:03AM) (new)

Dahlia Some of these titles are quite interesting, some of them truly wonderful; but some of them are just plain silly. I'm surprised to see them on the list.


message 14: by Julie (new)

Julie I didn't realize how much I love Alice Walker's titles until I went through my book list to add to your list.


message 15: by Dana (new)

Dana Who put Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin on this list? :( I love Charlie Brown, but someone thinks they're way too funny. But An Artist of the World and If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things are excellent choices. Wow, who knew there were so many definitions of "poetic"?


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