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What makes a great book title?

A particularly evocative or unusual image? Wordplay? A clever reference that makes you want to read more?

We can probably all agree that there's no recipe for the perfect title, but at least at BookPage, we know a great title when we see it. In alphabetical order, here are our favorite book titles of 2010—titles that made us pause and wonder what was inside the book. Titles that made us want to read more.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
by Tom Franklin
Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden
Everything Lovely, Effortless, Safe by Jenny Hollowell
Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides*
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in that House by Meghan Daum
Lives Like Loaded Guns
by Lyndall Gordon**
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Weeping Under Water Looks A Lot Like Laughter by Michael J. White
Where the God of Love Hangs Out by Amy Bloom

Interestingly, each of our favorite titles has at least four words. I'd love to hear someone's favorite short title—anyone have a nomination? What were your favorite book titles of 2010?

Also on The Book Case: Browse our Best of 2010 coverage.

And just for fun, check out the hilarious Better Book Titles blog.

*Title taken from the Robert Johnson song, "Hellhound On My Trail"

**Title taken from the Emily Dickinson poem, "My Life had stood a Loaded Gun"

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