Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:
DECEMBER 4 – Top 5 book titles
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
I love everything about this. I love the subtitle and I love that the title is a line written by the protagonist’s husband. The framing of her narrative around this abusive man is so effective, and when you read that line in the book it’s such a gut punch.
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Elif Batuman
There’s something about describing your own protagonist with this bizarrely harsh word that I’m always drawn to. (Have read the Batuman, have not yet read the Dostoevsky.)
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Delightfully irreverent and contradictory. This is a fantastic pairing of words.
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
I mean. This title is perfection. Haven’t read this yet; am largely interested because of that title.
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller
Another one I haven’t read, so I do not have the slightest clue how the title works in the context of the book, but that is just the most wonderfully unexpected way to finish a title that begins with ‘Big Sur’ and I just adore it. Also because Hieronymus Bosch is one of my favorite artists and I’m just dying to know the connection between California and the Northern Renaissance.
What’s your favorite book title? Comment and let me know!