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The Monday Poll: Here You Can Vote for Your Favorite Impossibly Long Book Titles, or: Names Are Important So Titles Are Too

Old 1904 Mediology Leather Bound Book, Inside page by flickr user Beverly & Pack
Good morning, Hub readers!

Thanks to all of you who voted in last week’s poll. We asked which 2012 sequel or series installment you were most looking forward to, and while there was a lot of agonizing in the comments over having to pick just one, Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore (a companion to Graceling (which appeared on the 2009 Best Books for Young Adults list and was a 2009 Morris Award finalist) and Fire (2010 Best Books for Young Adults)) came out on top. Spark (the sequel to Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Glow), Rebel Hearts (the sequel to Moira Young’s Blood Red Road), and Fever (the second in Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy) were also mentioned in the comments. You can see the results of all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive.

We’ve asked about character names before, but now we’re curious about book names–titles, that is. A lot of work goes in to choosing just the right title, and they range from just one word to … way more than one. So we want to know: which of the following is your favorite impossibly long book title? Leave a comment if we’ve left out another great one!

What's your favorite impossibly long book title?

  • The Boyfriend List (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs, and me, Ruby Oliver) (36%, 25 Votes)
  • Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog (23%, 16 Votes)
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (16%, 11 Votes)
  • The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After: Being the Private Correspondence Between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and the Security of the Realm (14%, 10 Votes)
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves (10%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

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2 Comments

  1. Erin Daly Erin Daly

    It’s a sort of middle grade crossover, but The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente is my favorite book with an extremely long title.

    • I was completely enchanted by The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland! The world, the story, the characters, and the illustrations were all charming.

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