April 24: Top Ten Frequently Used Words In YA Book Titles
Whilst considering this week’s prompt, I decided to Google the topic, not in order to cheat, purely out of curiosity. I stumbled across a blog post entitled Top 20 Words In YA Book Titles, and whilst I cannot guarantee its reliability, the results were interesting. It found the most frequently occurring nouns in YA novels released from November 2015 to October 2017 from publishing houses in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia were:
“girl (74), star (31), life (31), love (31), night (29), heart (27), shadow (24), world (23), end (21), fire (21), summer (20), lie (20), boy (20), day (19), light (19), dream (18), queen (17), secret (17), truth (15), king (15)”
As such, I have decided to base this post on the ten most commonly occurring words, and have picked a book on my TBR each containing one of the most popular (compounds included).
1. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
A YA feminist contemporary, this book has been noted as being a “groundbreaking novel” about “rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.”*
2. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Having read and loved Everything, Everything by this author, I’m excited to read her next novel: I have high expectations though, given how cute its predecessor was.
3. The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This author has been on my TBR for a few years, since his novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was released. He wins big points purely for his creative titles.
4. The Geek’s Guide To Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
The title alone resonates with me; it sounds like a fun-filled contemporary, and definitely one that I’m excited to read over the summer.
5. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
I read Stephanie Perkins previous anthology, My True Love Gave To Me, and it was super cute so I’m definitely going to read this one when the weather warms up.
6. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This has been featured recently on BookTube, and although I know little about the plot, it sounds magical and inviting, and at less than 200 pages I’m hoping that it will prove to be my return to the fantasy genre.
7. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
I’ve heard comparisons to Harry Potter, but where Hermione is the protagonist, so on that basis alone, I am sold and incredibly excited to discover this fantasy world.
8. Who Runs The World? by Virginia Bergin
Having heard Virginia Bergin speak on a panel at YALC 2017, I was captivated by the sound of her female-led novels, this one in particular.
9. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Technically New Adult, as strangely I didn’t have a YA book on my 600+ books strong Goodreads TBR list that featured “end” in the title. Regardless, this NA contemporary was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner in 2016, and I’ve yet to read a book by this author, so this may well be the place to start.
10. After The Fire by Will Hill
I first heard about this book when it was featured in Zoella’s Book Club, and since then saw the author at YALC 2017 and constantly hear about it on Twitter book accounts, so I am excited to finally dive into this hyped novel.
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