Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Title Words in YA Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This is such a fun topic and one that I found myself thinking about at random too, there really are some words out there that show up all the time in YA titles! I just went onto Goodreads and looked at all of the books I’ve both read and added to come up with this list. There are probably a few I missed though! Also some of these have a lot of titles and some only have a few, I wanted to try and think of some more unique words that show up quite a bit instead of the typical: you, me, love, etc.

This is going to be a bit shorter since it’s pretty much just a list and I don’t have much to say about each individual word or title!

These are in no particular order.

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10.) Thieves

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
  • The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
  • Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

9.) Daughter

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

8.) Star/Stars

  • Ignite The Stars by Maura Milan
  • A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • Starflight by Melissa Landers
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • The Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster
  • The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
  • Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

7.) Beauty

  • Wild Beauty by Anna Marie-McLemore
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

6.) Heart

  • The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
  • Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

5.) Devil/Devils

  • The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood
  • Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
  • Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (This one is on here twice!)

4.) Prince/Princess

  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
  • Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
  • The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer
  • I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

3.) King/Queen

  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
  • The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
  • The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
  • Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

2.) Blood

  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Blood & Sand by C.V. Wyck
  • Bad Blood by Demetria Lunetta
  • Blood of my Blood by Barry Lyga
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

1.) Girl/Girls

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
  • The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
  • The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
  • The November Girl by Lydia Kang
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie
  • The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco
  • Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  • A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • American Girls by Alison Umminger
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Do we have any books in common?

What are some words you feel like you see all the time in titles (adult, fantasy, YA, middle grade, romance, etc.)?

Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Title Words in YA Books

  1. Angela (pooled ink Reviews) April 24, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Haha this was a fun list to scroll through! It’s so true though, sometimes it’s like they have a set list of words they pick from a bowl to choose a title 😂

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  2. Melissa Gibbs April 24, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    This is such a clever list idea 😝 words really do get reused a lot — especialllly blood i feel like xD nice list, i totally agree!

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  3. LairOfBooks April 24, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    This really was a fun list! so many books with ‘Stars’ in the title, & it still doesn’t stop me from oooOing & ahhhing every time a new one is released with Stars in the title haha! SMH! 🙂

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  4. Vanessa April 24, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I’m going to save this so I can try to think of clever ideas for future book titles for myself, haha. I feel like “Bones” is slowly becoming a common one to include… This was a fun post!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek May 15, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      You definitely could rename the post “words NOT to use in your YA book title”, haha! I agree, ‘Bones’ really is starting to become more frequent, it’s like everyone gets together each year and says “okay guys, here are the words we all have to use in our titles this year.”, haha! 🙂


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