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.
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4.05 avg rating — 630,724 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 962,305 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 81,778 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 345,934 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 3,738,173 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 222,522 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 61,244 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 2,876,648 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 1,058,723 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 580,059 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 152,863 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 238,187 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 81,338 ratings
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15

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3.91 avg rating — 191,480 ratings
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16

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3.20 avg rating — 51,620 ratings
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17

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3.82 avg rating — 327,136 ratings
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18

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4.29 avg rating — 968,067 ratings
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19

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4.11 avg rating — 156,587 ratings
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20

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3.89 avg rating — 219,401 ratings
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21

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3.81 avg rating — 378,089 ratings
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22

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4.27 avg rating — 16,203 ratings
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23

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3.62 avg rating — 11,303 ratings
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24

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4.17 avg rating — 393,549 ratings
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25

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3.94 avg rating — 307,296 ratings
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26

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3.90 avg rating — 348,850 ratings
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27

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4.36 avg rating — 367,242 ratings
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28

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3.94 avg rating — 617,033 ratings
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29

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3.99 avg rating — 508,082 ratings
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30

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3.84 avg rating — 1,118,914 ratings
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31

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3.82 avg rating — 151,007 ratings
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31

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4.17 avg rating — 94,190 ratings
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33

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4.26 avg rating — 362,044 ratings
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34

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4.13 avg rating — 120,855 ratings
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35

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4.08 avg rating — 278,782 ratings
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36

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3.86 avg rating — 142,587 ratings
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37

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3.98 avg rating — 1,202,569 ratings
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38

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3.42 avg rating — 343,788 ratings
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39

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3.72 avg rating — 119,870 ratings
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40

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3.63 avg rating — 239,565 ratings
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41

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3.86 avg rating — 1,008,087 ratings
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42

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3.99 avg rating — 33,591 ratings
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42

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4.21 avg rating — 328,129 ratings
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44

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4.20 avg rating — 388,240 ratings
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45

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3.98 avg rating — 155,702 ratings
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46

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3.88 avg rating — 58,357 ratings
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47

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3.93 avg rating — 109,857 ratings
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48

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3.59 avg rating — 4,032 ratings
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49

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4.32 avg rating — 721,577 ratings
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50

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3.89 avg rating — 12,718 ratings
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51

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4.06 avg rating — 90,323 ratings
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52

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4.12 avg rating — 250,701 ratings
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53

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3.93 avg rating — 204,243 ratings
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54

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3.79 avg rating — 226,941 ratings
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55

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3.90 avg rating — 161,451 ratings
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56

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4.19 avg rating — 542,251 ratings
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57

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4.20 avg rating — 5,151 ratings
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58

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3.69 avg rating — 2,154 ratings
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59

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3.75 avg rating — 664,321 ratings
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60

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3.59 avg rating — 39,932 ratings
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61

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4.07 avg rating — 32,312 ratings
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62

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3.86 avg rating — 42 ratings
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63

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3.71 avg rating — 127,589 ratings
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64

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3.83 avg rating — 97,149 ratings
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65

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4.02 avg rating — 187,279 ratings
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66

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67

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4.18 avg rating — 271,833 ratings
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68

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3.42 avg rating — 43,275 ratings
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69

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3.99 avg rating — 1,582 ratings
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70

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3.68 avg rating — 156,800 ratings
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71

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4.14 avg rating — 36,308 ratings
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72

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3.89 avg rating — 2,497 ratings
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73

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3.78 avg rating — 170 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 28,833 ratings
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75

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3.88 avg rating — 114,119 ratings
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76

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4.55 avg rating — 549,730 ratings
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77

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3.75 avg rating — 129,257 ratings
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78

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3.84 avg rating — 276,464 ratings
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79

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4.25 avg rating — 2,450,937 ratings
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80

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3.79 avg rating — 190,283 ratings
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81

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3.94 avg rating — 5,236 ratings
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82

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3.73 avg rating — 14,425 ratings
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83

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4.23 avg rating — 18,711 ratings
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84

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3.79 avg rating — 1,783,490 ratings
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85

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3.57 avg rating — 51,458 ratings
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86

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4.04 avg rating — 99,934 ratings
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87

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3.96 avg rating — 94,920 ratings
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88

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4.12 avg rating — 41,674 ratings
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89

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3.93 avg rating — 44,466 ratings
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90

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3.80 avg rating — 174 ratings
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91

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4.09 avg rating — 14,833 ratings
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92

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3.63 avg rating — 7,908 ratings
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93

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3.91 avg rating — 551,721 ratings
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94

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3.68 avg rating — 52,045 ratings
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95

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3.33 avg rating — 1,853 ratings
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96

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4.06 avg rating — 69,840 ratings
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97

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3.86 avg rating — 26,341 ratings
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98

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3.88 avg rating — 33,065 ratings
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99

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4.07 avg rating — 96,508 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 7,368 ratings
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1,213 books · 750 voters · list created August 24th, 2008 by Antoine (votes) .
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Antoine 949 books
168 friends
Holly 448 books
182 friends
Heather 1709 books
750 friends
Gina 706 books
33 friends
Julianna 26 books
0 friends
Stefanie 1200 books
121 friends
Miranda 330 books
55 friends
Josi 156 books
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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.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

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"?


message 16: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 29, 2016 10:35PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Sometimes a book can have a beautifully poetic title, like Van de koele meren des Doods, which is completely lost in a translation (Van de koele meren des Doods has been translated as Hedwig's Journey).


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