Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Names/Character Names in the Title


Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is Books with Names/Character Names In the Titles (Submitted by BookLoversBlog and Lucy @ Bookworm Blogger)!

To create this list I went back to my handy dandy spreadsheet, started at the latest book and found 10 books. This is a fun topic though, and I am sure I could go back further and find another 10 titles without trying too hard! In fact, I am pretty sure you could do a list just featuring one or two names!

Flora's Travelling Christmas Shop by Rebecca Raisin - I could have chosen one of several of Rebecca Raisin's books (review)

Matilda Next Door by Kelly Hunter - This was part of two quartets set in a small Australian country town, and all of the books had character names as titles. In the end I chose this one because Kelly Hunter is an author I love to read. (review)

Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees - I read this book 18 months or so ago now and I really enjoyed it. It is set in the immediate aftermath of WWII and it was a really enjoyable read. (review)

Henrietta's War by Joyce Dennys - This book was originally published as a series of letters during WWII. 

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - I guess technically I could have featured The Rose Code here too but let's change it up a bit and choose this one instead.

Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley - The main character of this book's really name is Willow Patterson, but she is affectionately known as Banjo, hence the title.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - Oh, an opportunity to feature a Melina Marchetta book! I'll take that.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - I suspect this book might be on a few lists this week!

Circe by Madeline Miller - Circe is the daughter of a god and this book tells her story.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - I nearly forgot this one!!

And a bonus one just so I can share this video...

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - This was already a magic book but right back at the beginning of the pandemic, Taika Waititi gathered together some of his famous friends and shared the story of James and the Giant Peach and it was so much fun! Here's the first episode


  1. Hi Marg! Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook has been on my TBR for the longest time. I'm going to read your review now.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

  2. I wouldn't be surprised if I had ten books that I read last year with names in the title! It seems to be surprisingly common.

  3. Oh this is a fun one! I love Flora's, and Circe as well.

  4. Circe is such a great book! I can't wait to read Gideon!

  5. Great list! Circe is such a good book.

  6. This is a great list, Marg. I ended up going to the end of my Goodreads list and started from the back moving forward of my top rated books. I read Circe too recently for it to appear, otherwise, definitely would have made my list. I really want to read The Alice Network and Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Great list! Circe is one of my favorites, I can't believe I forgot about this one while making my list :) Gideon the Ninth is on my TBR, I hope to get to it soon.

  8. I loved Elinor Oliphant and Circe! Love your cover art for Circe.

  9. I've not read any of these but Henrietta's War sounds interesting!
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  10. Wow, I have not read any of these! Here is my post: https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/02/top-ten-tuesday-character-names.html

  11. Nice list! I haven't read any of these, but several of them are on my TBR list. I'll get to them one of these days...

    Happy TTT!

  12. Eleanor Oliphant, Circe, and The Alice Network are on my TBR. I haven't heard of any of your others, except for Henrietta's War. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  13. I've only read Circe, which I loved. Eleanor Oliphant is in the stack of physical books I hope to read soon. And one of my old classmates has been pressuring everyone she knows on FB to read Gideon the Ninth so I'm sure I'll give in and read it soon-ish too. Great list!

  14. What a fun list topic! I LOVED Eleanor Oliphant ... and James and the Giant Peach, of course!

    By the way, I was not able to comment on your blog on Firefox, which I usually use - I opened a window in Safari and was able to. I have also been having problems with being able to comment on my own blog (reply to others' comments) in Blogger and I wasn't able to comment on another Blogger blog last week, so it's not just you.

    Book By Book

  15. Can't go wrong with Circe or Gideon!

    Lauren @ Always me

  16. I used the same technique to find mine!
    Many sound familiar here, but I haven't read them.
    Here is my list: https://wordsandpeace.com/2022/02/01/top-ten-books-with-names-in-the-titles/

  17. Hi! Circe is one you've reminded me of that I was going to look for. Thanks for sharing a bunch of titles that are new to me.

  18. The Eleanor book is one I've heard a great deal about, but I've never really looked into whether or not it'd be a read I'd enjoy. Maybe someday. Hope you enjoy all of these! Happy reading and thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week.