Okay, today will share book titles that form complete sentences. I love this prompt which allows me to show off my extensive (and useless) knowledge of English grammar.
I carefully examined the titles of the 6,045 books I've read and reviewed at Goodreads. It quickly became apparent that it's rare to find a title that forms a complete sentence.
On the other hand, there are lots of book titles that begin with present participles, like Dancing With the Witchdoctor or Writing Down the Bones or Shooting the Boh or Regarding the Fountain.
A good many titles are prepositional phrases like Across the Nightingale Floor and Beneath a Scarlet Sky and On the Plain of Snakes and Around the World in 80 Days.
None of these, though, are complete sentences. Let's take a close look at those that do form complete sentences, shall we?
A lot of titles are commands, with an understood subject. Is there something about a command that somehow orders you to read the book, too?
Call the Midwife
Comfort Me With Apples
See You on Down the Road
Leave Only Footprints
Let the Great World Spin
Look Both Ways
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
I saw lots of children's book titles that are exclamatory sentences. There's a certain amount of joy in a title with an exclamation mark in it.
Today I Will Fly!
Follow That Frog!
There is a Bird on Your Head!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!
This Beach is Loud!
Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!
Give Me Back My Bones!
There are a number of interrogatory sentences, too.
Are We There Yet?
Where Is the Green Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Are You a Cat?
What Would Cleopatra Do?
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
One title has two sentences, an interrogatory and a declarative. Pretty clever.
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
Some titles are short sentences.
Go, Dog, Go
I Am David
Bless Me, Ultima
That Sounds Fun
God Save Texas
Some are wordy.
You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons
I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
C Jumped Over Three Pots and a Pan and Landed Smack in the Garbage Pan
Don't be deceived. This is not a complete sentence. It's a run-on. Shame on you.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come
Some are bold philosophical statements.
There Are No Shortcuts
Love is a Wild Assault
It’s All Relative
The World is Not Enough
Things Fall Apart
You Can’t Go Home Again
The Sun Also Rises
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
A Good Man is Hard to Find
The Rules Do Not Apply
You Can’t Get There from Here
Let me share the rest of my (quite lengthy) list of titles that form complete sentences.
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
Only You Can Save Mankind
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
The Lord God Made Them All
Let’s Take the Long Way Home
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
It’s Not About the Bike
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person
It All Changed in an Instant
With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck
This is Not a Book
There’s an Alien in Your Book
We Are All Fine Here
There’s a Bear on My Chair
There’s No One I Love Like You
There’s Only One You
There Goes Ted Williams
Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
My Name is Asher Lev
Death Comes for the Archbishop
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
God Got a Dog
Llama Unleashes the Apocalypse
These is My Words
Tender is the Night
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Whew! Did you find any of the same titles I did? Some of these make me want to open the book and read it to find out what the title is all about. Which is your favorite? Did you find some that you love more than these? Please share them.
Thank you for sharing this fun idea for a list, Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books.
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