Tag: trends

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

More Wives, More Daughters, More Girls: A Trend that Won’t Die

I know what’s on your mind: When you roll out of bed in the morning, comb your hair, and brush your teeth, you think, “Gee, there just aren’t enough books with “wife,” “daughter,” or “girl” in the title. I read all the ones Booklist compiled last summer (here and here). If only there were more!” Well, fear not, voracious […]

Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

Let’s Hear It for the Boys, Title Trend Edition

The literary field is thronged with daughters, wives and girls. This summer, we compiled lists—long, long lists—of novels featuring daughter, wife, and girl in their titles. In the end, we found more than 550 published in the last 20 years. Most recently, we’ve turned our gaze to the male half of the population, seeking out books […]

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Girls! Girls! Girls!

If you’ve been keeping up with The Booklist Reader this summer, you may have noticed that certain book trends—titles, in particular—have become of significant interest to us. Last month, Biz Hyzy published a mammoth list of books that tracked the alarming rate that the words “wife” and “daughter” have appeared in book titles since 1997. Following this startling revelation, a number of readers requested that we do a […]

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49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

49 Wives, 139 Daughters, 188 Reasons to Call Your Book Something Else

A few months ago, I reviewed The California Wife and, immediately after that, Absalom’s Daughters. Reading these two in a row—and seeing others like them appear on my desk day after day—made me wonder why this type of title was so popular. Curious, I scoured our archives for books with “wife” or “daughter” in the title. When […]

Swearing! Scatology! Burnt Sienna! The Adult Coloring Book Craze is Off the Chain

Swearing! Scatology! Burnt Sienna! The Adult Coloring Book Craze is Off the Chain

Libraries, pubs, and other gathering places have embraced adult coloring as a therapeutic activity, one that relaxes the mind and encourages the creative spirit. Perhaps, once they’ve colored in the pictures of Chuck Palahnuik’s newest short story collection being released this fall, they will need professional therapy. The author of American classic Fight Club has written […]