Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Band names? Band names? As a non-music listener, there are limited bands that I could name, let alone judge as good or bad. Lol. I vaguely remember watching The Commitments – I think in a cinema in St Andrews when I visited to view the university – and they were naming the band

(Glen Hansard) “There’s a band around called “Free Beer”. Always draws a big crowd.”

(Ken McCluskey) “I like “A Flock of Budgies”.”

(Robert Arkins) “We have to be “the” something. All the great sixties bands were “The Somethings”.”

(Glen Hansard) “We could be — The Northsiders.”

(Ken McCluskey) “Or The Liffy Lads.”

(Glen Hansard) “How about — The Fucking Eejits?”

Even to me, bands called “The…” sound terribly old-hat now!

Anyway, for what it is worth, here is the list. Please don’t ask me to explain why I think these might make good band names!

  • The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave – yes I know I mocked “The…” names literally two seconds ago, but there we go!
  • The Doll Factory, Elizabeth McNeal
  • The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel
  • Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams – who doesn’t love a band named after the main singer, obviously without a surname!
  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar
  • Deeplight, Frances Hardinge
  • An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma
  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo – or anything by her! Six of Crows? The Too Clever Fox?
  • Blood Wedding, Pierre Lemaître
  • Starve Acre, Andrew Michael Hurley


  • April 28: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child – and I am really looking forward to this one!
  • May 5: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc.)
  • May 12: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned (this could be books you DNFed, books you decided you were no longer interested in, etc.) (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza)
  • May 19: Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]
  • May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

Again, a David Mitchell book is an event, and a thing of beauty! But the music industry is not my natural setting and again I was caught between this and another book – Daisy Jones and the Six in this case – and Daisy Jones was read first. This time, because it was nominated on a book club I was part of.

Bonus: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he’s part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count.

Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich – they’re the only ones worth stealing from – but the poor can go steal for themselves. What Locke cons, wheedles and tricks into his possession is strictly for him and his band of fellow con-artists and thieves: the Gentleman Bastards.

This one has been on my TBR for years. Literally years. I have heard nothing but praise for it, but so far have never quite got around to reading it! Go figure!

So, there we go: a range of books that I got in 2020 – save for the Scott Lynch – and do regret not reading during the year. Is regret the right word? Probably not to be honest: I do not regret the reading that I did do last year at all. But these are books that I would like to find time to catch up with this year – before prize season hits us again!

Pop in the comments below your thoughts on these – maybe let me know which I should read first!

Apr 2020

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Good Band Names”

  1. This is such a great list! I’ve seen a few of these posts now and yours tops the lot! The Mercies, The Doll House, Queenie, Deeplight… I love them! 😀 I can imagine Deeplight being a trio folk band and The Doll House a punk/rock band. Did you have genres in mind? Awesome post! Jen


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