For me, there is nothing more frustrating than forgetting the title of something. Be it book, song, movie, you name it. Even in the age of the internet, it turns out it’s really hard to Google a book you remember the plot of, but not the title.
This happened to me recently. I was trying to describe a book I couldn’t remember to a coworker and it’s not too different than telling someone else about last night’s dream. “It was a big family, and they were all trying to name the new baby. The color fuschia came up a lot? There was this one scene with the main character’s aunt and a lot of food, maybe. And possibly a cat. Definitely an animal.” Even if your description is detailed, there’s a chance the person you’re asking has never read that book in the first place. And boy, oh boy, there are so many books out there.
As it so often turns out, I’m not alone in this struggle. The New York Public Library operates a blog where people can post chimerical descriptions and hopefully find those forgotten titles through crowdsourcing, which I think is a wonderful way to use the vast bookish community! The comments on this post go back years with some queries answered, and many left open. I found myself scrolling for quite a long time, trying to see if I could remember any of the forgotten books. Additionally, many of these descriptions make great writing prompts! As long as you factor in that there’s a high chance that the story’s been written. Here’s one of my favorites:
“I don’t know much about the book. It’s cover was a red haired girl with her face painted.. Or it was blood. I’m not sure. The rest of the cover was black. It had about 300 pages. It was an ancient story. The girl ran from home. She had siblings. She found a tribe. I think she was not supposed to be there. She was being forced to marry. She fell in love with someone else…” – Lara
As an author, there’s a lot of emphasis put on how memorable you want the title of your book to be for these very reasons. But sometimes I wonder; would I be okay with the world forgetting my book’s title, as long as they remembered what it was about, and wanted to find it again?
(By the way, the book I forgot was The Zebra Wall, by Kevin Henkes. An absolute staple of my childhood.)
Three Willows: Book 1
Publication Date: July 2, 2021
Jessalyn Joy loves her husband, but she can’t help the feelings that arose when he volunteered for the Union army. When he comes back to her in a box instead of on his feet, those feelings complicate even more.
Jessalyn’s mourning period is cut short when something begins to attack the livestock in their small town, and greater dangers begin to threaten their provincial life. Thrown together with the new reverend, one of her own students, and a strange man somehow related to her husband’s passing, Jessalyn must find a way to stop the evils that threaten her husband’s first and ultimately last home.
Set in the Southwestern home front, Huszar blends a taste of fantasy into a startling down-to-earth world, creating a high stakes adventure for this strong female protagonist and her band of amateur sleuths.
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Rachael Huszar kept her life steeped in stories from a young age, and she began her own journey in story-making when she reached adulthood. In the time since, she has taken up swimming, roller skating, and consuming tabletop RPG streams. She spends the bulk of her time with her dog, Silo, and works full time as a designer in Dallas, Texas.
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