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.)
Apr 2020


  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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