Everyone has their own opinion on what makes a book cover great, and the same goes for titles. A little clever wordplay, a subtle nod or allusion, something weird—words that suggest that what lies inside is rich and memorable.
We’ve collected our 25 favorite titles of 2011, all of which made us want to read more (click each image for a larger view):
And the full list in alphabetical order:
Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell
Broetry by Brian McGackin
Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
Crazy U by Andrew Ferguson
Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
Man with a Pan by John Donohue
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer *
Paradise Lust by Brook Wilensky-Lanford
Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell *
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt *
The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya
The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell
There But For The by Ali Smith
Unless It Moves the Human Heart by Roger Rosenblatt
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
* – This book was also one of our best book jackets of 2011.
For more of our Best of 2011, check out our Top 50 Books of 2011 and our Readers’ Choice: 30 Best Books of 2011.
Also, click here to see the best book titles of 2010.
Or simply browse all of The Book Case’s Best of 2011 coverage.
What were your favorite book titles of 2011?