Today’s 30-Day Book Challenge prompt is an interesting one: your favorite book title. Usually the book titles that catch my eye are the snappy, one-word titles like “Crank,” “Room,” and “Feed.” I don’t typically like titles that are too descriptive or tell what the book is about. But I’ve never really thought about my favorite book title. I concern myself more with what’s inside the cover than on it. So maybe it’s appropriate that one of my favorite book titles is of a book I have yet to read: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
I worked as a bookshelver at libraries for a couple of years, and this book always got my attention. Perhaps it’s because it had a picture of cake on the front, but I also loved the title. It’s matter-of-fact but mysterious. How can cake hold emotion? How can something as sweet as lemons be sad? And what is particular about it? Over the years this book has slipped my mind, but its title has stuck. Maybe someday I’ll actually read it and see if it lives up to its title.
Have you read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, and would you recommend it? And what do you like in a book title?