Nov 21, 2017 Culture

18 Irresistible Books That Grab You With Their Titles and Never Let You Go

by Hadley Mendelsohn
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If you've ever spotted the spine of a book with a title so irresistible you bought it blindly, then you know it's not always such a bad idea to judge a book by its cover. Of course, there are exceptions, but when an author captures the mood of a book with the few words that line the spine, you can bet that there will be more treats to feed your inner bookworm inside its pages. As much as we love the expansive concision of their glorious titles, the pages sprawling with inspiring, life-changing ideas, emotionally impactful prose, narrative experiments, and language that gives rise to goosebumps makes them prime candidates for a spot on your bookshelf. They may be rare, but when you find them, they tend to make great conversation starters when toting them around on the go, keeping them on your desk, or displaying them at home.

Just consider the cheeky teaser of Love Is a Dog From Hell, the assonant intrigue of Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, or the evocative hook of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. See? They're hard to put down even before you open them. We've broken it down into three sections, or chapters, if you will, opening with novels, moving into short stories, and finishing off with essay and poetry collections. Some are funny, some are moving, but all will grab you and never let you go. Keep scrolling to start curating your own reading list inspired by the best book titles around, and get a sense of the tone of each book to help you narrow it down (or at least figure out where to start).

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