Monday, March 4, 2013

Celebrate Your Name Week

It's Celebrate Your Name Week! Each day this week even has a special name-related theme. Today is "Fun Facts About Names Day." We're celebrating names with this list of books with names in the title...


Laika by Nick Abadzis. This full-color graphic novel tells the heart-breaking story of Laika, the dog sent up in Sputnik II and the people that cared for her on the ground.

Emma by Jane Austen. Always the meddling matchmaker, and always missing what's in front of her face... Emma's a classic for a reason. This is the cover to appeal to the Twilight-crowd. There's a great new cover out there that's bright pink and green, but I couldn't find it on Amazon. Ah well.

Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor. The Redd in the title is the Red Queen. The second in the Looking Glass Wars trilogy, Alyss is back on the throne, but her aunt isn't going away quietly, and neighboring kingdoms are restless. I love Beddor's Neverland and the universe he has created-- the original trilogy (start with The Looking Glass Wars) but comic books about Hatter M's adventures, even a really awesome CD soundtrack.


Carmen by Walter Dean Myers. Written in script form, Myers takes the classic opera and sets it in contemporary Spanish Harlem.

Jane by April Lindner. Enough has changed in the world that it's hard to put Jane Eyre in the modern era, have it remain faithful to the original, and still be plausible, but Lindner does a pretty good job, and does it well enough I was more than willing to suspend belief when needed. I even actually liked her Rochester. Also check out her take on Wuthering Heights, Catherine.

DupliKate by Cherry Cheva. Most over-achievers have wished for a clone at some point, so Kate's pretty happy when one steps out of her computer. Of course, it's not long before things have gotten way out of hand.


No and Me by Delphine de Vigan, translated from the French by George Miller. When Lou befriends the homeless No as part of a class project, everything changes. No moves in and helps heal Lou's family, but it'll take more than Lou to help heal No, if that's even possible.

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale. Enna's powers of pyrokensis are a powerful weapon in the battles against neighboring Tira. But the more she burns, the more she needs to burn, the more she can't control it, the more it threatens to burn her alive. The second in the books of Bayern, start with The Goose Girl.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs is a private detective who uses her knowledge of human emotion and body language to help her solve her cases. Her first case seems simple, but as she delves in deeper, she finds something sinister at a retreat meant for WWI vets who need to get away, and must confront her own lingering issues from her experiences as a battlefield nurse. The first in a series, follow it with Birds of a Feather.

What are your favorite books with names in the title?

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1 comment:

  1. Two by John Green: An Abundance of Katherines and Will Grayson, Will Grayson


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