5 Words Frequently Used in YA Book Titles

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Publishers sure seem to do this on purpose, don’t they? They tweak the title with common words we’ve all heard before. If there’s an amazing bestselling book, there’s a chance the buzz words in that title will come up time and time again. I’m not an expert on book titles, of course. I’m just a reader. However, since this week’s prompt asked to figure out the most frequently used words, I turned to my owned books for the answer.

I didn’t spend hours poring over all the buzz words of each title because ain’t nobody got time for that. So, here’s a cursory glance (which means to say, I’m totally guessing here) of the most used words in YA titles that I own. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Words Frequently Used in YA Titles:


Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch | Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie | P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


The Walled City by Ryan Graudin | City Love by Susane Colasanti | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


Guy In Real Life by Steve Brezenoff | This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas | The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson


Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby | Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

What books have you read recently that have these buzz words in their titles?

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  1. Haha yes, these are used so often! I can think of a different one for each off the top of my head.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

  2. This is definitely YA week, but I did my genre-HR!! Nice list!

  3. I've seen a lot of these around this week!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/top-ten-tuesday-156/

  4. Publishers do love to reuse words, don’t they? I guess if it’s working, they don’t have a reason to change it. It does get confusing to have a ton of books with similar titles, though.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Awesome list! Amazing how a lot of YA books has Heart and Dark in the titles!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog