Indie Reading Challenge 2020: Long Titles

A little arbitrary challenge with long titles. Just choose a book that has a title with 5 or more words in it. This might actually be trickier than you think: many books love their titles to be short and easy.

long titles reading challenge

If you want to know more about the challenge, check it out here. Also check out some of the previous challenges, such as the first July challenge about quick reads, or the second July challenge about little-known books.


How to participate

That’s your choice! You can leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts on the book you chose, or you can follow along silently.


Long Titles: with 5 or more words

So, this challenge leaves open a lot of options. There are plenty of books with long titles. Below, you will find my selection of books with a title that has 5 or more words. I tried not to count the subtitles with it (then it would be too easy. If you have read another one that is not on the list, let me know! I’ll add it and credit you.


How To Set The World On Fire – T.K Riggins

long titles challenge: how to set the world on fire

Kase Garrick, a warrior, wants to compete in The Quest Series: an annual competition at The Academy for warriors, wizards, and scholars. However, he can only compete if he can convince two scholars and a wizard to come together. They have to work together, test their shills, and look past their differences. It’s a story of self-discovery, growth, trust, patience, and friendship.

Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Coming-of-Age Fantasy

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Dregs of the Culver Waste Book 1: Sand and Scrap – Christopher R. Sendrowski

dregs of the culver waste book cover

A scrapper, Michael Carter, ventures into the barren and deadly Culver Waste with his fellow scavengers. It’s rumored that there are relics and powerful weapons in its abandoned cities and battlefields. But when they find a powerful magical mineral, Michael and his friends need to race across the Culver to hide it; or the wrong people might bring doom upon the entire world

Genre: Teen/YA Dark Fantasy, Mystery

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Treasure of the Holy Quincunx – E. T. Ellison

long titles challenge: treasure of the holy quincunx

It all starts with a dead body with exploded eyeballs. Before he knows it, Ranger Travis One-Shoe is involved in a dangerous plot: two teams going for the same price. One team will lose everything, and Travis might be on it.

Genre: Sci-fi action thriller

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A Dream to Die For – Susan R. Ritz

a dream to die for

Celeste Fortune had a frightening dream and is sure it belongs to someone else. Perhaps she has broken through to the collective dreams of Dreamland cult—finally. When Celeste goes to her therapist, hoping for help, she discovers him dying in a pool of blood, his skull bashed with his healing crystal. The files containing intimate dreams and secrets of half the town are gone. When suspicion immediately falls on Celeste, she enlists the help of her old friend Gloria, to find out who stole the dreams.

Genre: Magical Realism, Crime/Mystery

Read my full review of A Dream to Die For

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The Girl in the Mirror: A Sarah Greene Supernatural Mystery – Steven Ramirez

the girl in the mirror

Sarah Greene: realtor, ex-wife, and psychic. When renovating an old house, she finds a mirror haunted by a teenager’s tortured spirit. She sets out to discover the identity of the teenage girl, but finds more than she bargains for: an insidious evil is infesting the town of Dos Santos.

Genre: Paranormal Suspense, Horror

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The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) – David J. Castello

long titles challenge: the diary of an immortal

U.S. Army combat medic Steven Ronson escapes the threat of death in WWII when he discovers an immortality formula designed for Hitler. After he consumes it, Steven goes to Manhattan to realize his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist. Unfortunately, the German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power, have now selected another to fill his place, and this time they also have the immortality formula. Steven realizes he cannot allow the nightmare of WWII to happen again.

Genre: Historical Fantasy/Alternate History

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Interview with a Jewish Vampire – Erica Manfred

long titles challenge: interview with a Jewish vampire

When Rhoda Ginsburg meets the drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon through JDate, she falls head over heels. He might be a vampire, sure, but at least he’s Jewish. On top of that, her mother is terminally ill, so Rhoda comes up with the crazy idea of getting Sheldon to turn her and her mother into vampires.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy/Supernatural

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The Gods Who Chose Us – Michael J. Roy

long titles challenge: the gods who chose us

The Aesir try to get humans on their side in a desperate attempt to free themselves from the hegemonic rule of Olympia. The Aesir know this disrupts an experiment the superior Olympians have been performing on the humans in secret. The Olympians are, naturally, not very happy about that. And so The Aesir and Olympians who got sent to Earth become entwined in a cat-and-mouse game as they hunt one another, all the while trying to uncover the forgotten and dangerous research.

Genre: Sci-fi, Mythology

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Challenge discussion questions

Those are my eight picks with long titles. When you’ve finished the challenge, it would be awesome if you’d let me know what you thought about the book! Here are some questions to get you started:

What book did you read for this challenge?

Why did you choose this one?

What are your thoughts on the book you read?

Would you recommend the book?

Would you read other books by this author?


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