June 19, 2012

Soundalike Titles

It seems like every once in awhile you stumble upon two books that have the same title, or nearly the same title.  Usually they're easy to tell apart because they're different genres, or aimed at different age groups, or something.  But I've noticed a lot of similar YA titles recently.

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I am currently reading BETWEEN YOU & ME by Marisa Calin, which comes out in August from Bloomsbury Children's.  Earlier this month I reviewed THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME by Madeleine George.  Both of the books contain QUILTBAG content and are well-suited by their title.  But wait!  There's more.  You'll never guess what Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus's new book, released this month, is titled.  That's right.  BETWEEN YOU AND ME.

But this isn't just a problem for contemporaries.

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Last fall, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor made a big splash.  (If you haven't read it yet, there will be a free download of the audiobook in August.)  This month I reviewed SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo, which was released to a lot of hype. In April Knopf Books for Young Readers published Robin Wasserman's THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW.

Any day now I expect to see a notice for BETWEEN SMOKE AND SHADOW, the first in an urban fantasy trilogy about a lesbian trying to achieve her dream of stardom and escape the man who wants to control her hypnotic voice.  (Honestly, I would read that.)

Have you noticed any startlingly similar titles lately?


  1. I would totally read that too...get to writing! LOL I have noticed a lot of similar titles as well. I can't think of anything at the moment, but it's a bit problematic sometimes. I suppose if the books are coming out around the same time, the publishers just don't know...but it's crazy how CLOSE in publication date a lot of these are.


    1. Yep, I know the publishers try to find out upcoming titles to avoid duplicates. But it seems like I've been running into more similar titles than usual lately.


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