I’m going off the beaten path a bit with this post (Not that we need a distraction! heh-heh) and talk about Books – specifically the Titles of books.
While I used to be an avid reader of both hardcopy and eBooks, I now tend to spend my days reading blogs. This isn’t to say I don’t read anything else –I also visit online news sites and the occasional science-related website– but most of my time is spent reading opinions and perspectives that others have shared.
In other words, most of my days are spent behind a computer screen. Rarely do I sit down in a comfy chair and just … read.
Before I became a computer nerd, however, I signed up with Goodreads. As some of you may know, at the beginning of each month, they send an email listing new releases within the various genres. Since I prefer Sci-Fi (generally with apocalyptic/dystopian themes –not fantasy or other-worldly settings), I tend to ignore most of the titles listed under Romance, Non-Fiction, History & Biography (and obviously Children’s) and scroll to my preferred genre — just to see if there might be a book I can’t resist. 🙂
Unfortunately, based on some of the titles for January, I found very few that piqued my interest. A few examples listed under Science Fiction:
We Could Be Heroes
City of the Uncommon Thief
I don’t know about you, but none of these sound very “science-fiction-y.” In fact, IMO, they could be titles for any regular fiction or even a non-fiction book.
So I decided to narrow my search and tried looking under books with a Dystopian theme. Not much better:
- Atwood Testaments
- Blue Ticket
- Riot Baby (???)
- The Warehouse
Again, not one of these titles prompted me to read the description.
As I considered this in a bit more depth, I wondered if authors get so caught up in their own storylines that they forget to identify with their potential readers. No doubt they rely somewhat on the book’s description, but if the title is so non-descript (as some of these are), why would anyone bother to explore further?
What’s your take on this? Does the title of a book affect your desire to read it? What method do you use when choosing a book? Do you also find the titles of books in your favored genre sometimes go off the rails?