10/25/14

Do you like book titles to be long or short?

by Cait

As you probably know...I read a lot. (Mostly YA because, I won't deny, it's my favourite.) This leads me to analyse books quite a lot. I analyse covers and blurbs and genres and characters...

But what about book titles?

Book titles can range from the length of the Great Wall of China to just one word. There are also fabulous medium-title-length books. It makes me ask myself: which do I prefer? What absolutely catches my attention without fail?


Short Titles:
One word can be incredibly punchy and easy to remember...but...it also can be super generic. Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time I've seen a book called Chaos or Scarlet. UGH! I want to be able to list a title and people know which book I mean!



Medium Titles:
Like consuming tuna, "all things in moderation" is a great guide for book titling. I consider up to 4-words a "medium" sort of title. You can say them in breath to a librarian when you can't find it on the shelves. They capture more of the story than short titles.


Seriously Ginormous Titles:
They hold power! They hold quirky uniqueness! But gosh, they're incredibly hard to muster up the energy to say. You feel like taking a small nap in the middle. And remembering the whole darn thing? It's hard enough to remember your own birth date and library card number without massive book titles on top of that. But yet...they're beautiful.



Personally? I'm always attracted to the long titles. They just strike me as so super quirky. But I prefer the one-word titles for remembrance sake. And they're so short and to the point! You can just bark them out.


But I definitely want your thoughts on this!! What's your favourite title length and why?

10/16/14

My Towering TBR Pile

Actually, it's a TBR shelf (well, a couple of them). But either way, there are a lot of books. Eventually. But there are a few that I'm really itching to read.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Cait and Mime have both spoken very highly about this series, and our tastes usually tend to match. Plus, it's fantasy! Fantasy rocks.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell could write about lint and it would be interesting. Basically, anything she puts her name on, I'd read.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I bought this last year at the bookstore near the beach where my family went on vacation. I read three pages and got distracted (ooh, shiny!) by another book. I think it was Eleanor & Park. Anyway, it looks awesome, and tons of people are talking about it. :)

Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska by John Green

I feel a little embarrassed that I haven't read more by him, especially since I loved The Fault In Our Stars so much. *hides in shame* I'll probably read Paper Towns next, since it's being made into a movie, but I've heard that most people like Looking For Alaska more. For those of you that have read the books, thoughts? [Note: I read Paper Towns soon after I wrote this, and really liked it! :) ]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Lydia and Cait love this book, and anything my fellow Chewers like, I usually like. :) (With the very bizarre exception of The Book Thief. But I'm not going to talk about that, because there is a good chance that they'll rise up against me to convince me otherwise. Did anyone else not like that book, or am I some sort of anomaly?)

Now the only problem is going to be deciding which one to read first . . .

What's on your TBR list?

10/15/14

Three Ways To Ruin A Notebook

Hello world. My name is Charley R - and I have a Notebook Problem.

Fear not, friends - it has absolutely nothing to do with the horrifically sappy and poorly-written film of the same name. It's an actual problem regarding actual notebooks. Namely that I love them, but have to stop myself buying them because I literally never use them.

A new notebook is like a mountainside after the first snowfall: an awe-inspiring sight of pristine, untouched perfection that you absolutely cannot bear to think of marring with anything less than a work of art.

Sadly, I don't think that would do for much of an excuse when I handed in an empty book to be graded for my degree.

So, with a little help from my far less neurotic fellow students, we came up with three of the best ways to ruin a notebook, so that you feel utterly unashamed to fill it with whatever ideas - good, bad, or indescribably troubling - pop into your head.

1 - Attack of The Killer Post-It Notes

These things are right up there with high-energy juice drinks and pickled onions on the list of things I take as proof of a loving God.

Cover the front of your journal in Post-Its. Don't take time to make it look pretty and artistic - just stick them down any old where, when and how. Attack it with bits of tape to make them stick. Then write on them. Your name, the journal's purpose, that one song lyric that just won't get out of your head.

You now have a journal that represents its contents, and you will feel no shame in proving it, one scribble-filled page at a time.

2 - Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

If the sheer new-ness of your journal is too much for you to handle . . . just don't get a new one. Or, if you do, go for a rummage and find one with a bent cover, a wonky spine, mis-aligned pages, or marks of stickers that just won't come off no matter how hard you scrabble at them.

You can't break what's already broken. Write on.

3 - Scribble, Scribble, Scribble!

What works for Aristotle works for me. Cathartic release of negative emotion - such as that caused by the frustration of being unable to write something in something specifically designed to be written in because you're just too self-conscious and neurotic to believe you are worthy of putting a pen on a piece of paper - is not only one of the great pillars of the tragic play, but an excellent piece of self-help for life in general.

Let the page feel your frustration - colour it with your rage, your anxiety, your unbridled sadistic glee, and that one yellow highlighter that ran into the black felt tip and has never been the same since!

After that, the only way to go is up.

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There we have it, Chewers! Have you ever done any of these to get yourself writing in a new notebook? Or do you have strategies of your own? Do you even use notebooks any more? Leave a comment, and let me know!