Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Frequently Used Words in Titles

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Before I hop into this post, I have to admit something. I thought this topic – a list of the top ten frequently used words in YA titles – was a bit odd. And I didn’t think I’d have much of a post. Instead of just skipping it I decided that I would do a little bit of research and come up with an awesome list.

And while I admittedly find it to be, not so much odd, but more so interesting topic, I scoured my Goodreads shelves for some frequently used words. Now while my research didn’t yield a lot, it did girl me solid two words that I can honestly say are a bit overused in YA titles.

Those (frequent) words are:And these are the results in which my research yielded:

Love & Girl

I scoured my “read” shelf on GoodReads, scanning for what seems like forever what words were used most frequently.  From the books I read a lot (not including titles that I haven’t read) I found eight (8) young adult titles that either feature the word love, or feature some form of the word.


  • Love and Other Perishable Items
  • The Lovely Reckless
  • City Love
  • Famous in Love
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Falling in Love with English Boys
  • I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.
  • Love, Stargirl

When I realized that the second word – girl – that my search yielded, I found a total of twelve (12) books with the word girl featured in some way, shape, or form in the title.


  • Fangirl
  • The Firehorse Girl
  • Story of a Girl
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
  • Girl of Nightmares
  • The Girl in the Wall
  • Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
  • New Girl
  • A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills
  • Living Dead Girl
  • Wintergirls
  • Wicked Girls

Because I couldn’t find more common words from the books I’ve read I decided to try a different approach. I decided to search for titles with words I thought would be commonly found in book titles. Here are my results:


  • The Truth About Forever
  • Truth or Dare
  • The Truth Commission
  • The Truth About Alice
  • Truthwitch
  • All the Truth That’s In Me
  • The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
  • The Honest Truth
  • The Truth About Stacey
  • The Porcupine of Truth
  • The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle
  • The Lies About Truth


  • The Safest Lies
  • Dangerous Lies
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves
  • There Will Be Lies
  • Lies I Told
  • The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  • Strange Lies
  • Beautiful Lies
  • Love, Lies, and Spies
  • Perfect Lies
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
  • Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
  • Lies I Live By


  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Broken Beautiful Hearts
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful
  • A Beautiful Dark
  • Beautiful Broken Girls
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
  • North of Beautiful
  • Breaking Beautiful
  • Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls
  • A Beautiful Evil
  • The Treachery of Beautiful Things
  • Dead Beautiful
  • The Beautiful Between
  • A Need So Beautiful
  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Obviously, I struggled a bit with this topic. I didn’t come up with ten words, but above are a solid five.

What common words did you find in titles? Please share in the comments!

(Cover images from GoodReads)

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