Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Geographical Terms in the Title

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.

Something tells me I might just struggle with this week’s TTT, but I’m still going to have fun along the way! This week’s was submitted by Lisa of Hopewell, and can include mountain, island, latitude/longitude, ash, bay, beach, border, canyon, cape, city, cliff, coast, country, desert, epicenter, hamlet, highway, jungle, ocean, park, sea, shore, tide, valley, etc.

Top Seven Books With Geographical Terms in the Title

Dread Wood
Jennifer Killick

The woods are creepy, and this Middle Grade novel takes full advantage of that by having the school border the woods itself, not to mention that name is enough to send chills down your spine if that was your school. Woods are especially fitting for younger fans of horror, as they’re often the first place the first horror stories we hear of are set – Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood…

My review of Dread Wood


Hidden Valley Road
Robert Kolker

Valleys can be beautiful places, but they also have their dangers and dark spots. Hidden Valley Road as a title works really well for this book, a nonfiction account of an American family where half of the twelve children were diagnosed with schizophrenia, and the family tried to ‘keep up appearances’ and hide away their troubles. It’s completely engrossing, and details the various methods and advances in the treatment of schizophrenia throughout the lives of the children.

Read my review of Hidden Valley Road


Dream Country (Sandman, Volume 3)

I’ve read the first four Sandman graphic novels now, and this one remains my favourite (yes, I loved the TV bonus episode). This one does something different than the others, presenting us with various short stories in the comic, where Morpheus is more of a minor character. It really does span a huge area, and emphasising it’s still in Sandman’s world in the title works well, as we plunge into this country with cats, muses and fairies.


All the Tides of Fate
Adalyn Grace

This is the second book in a duology, which sees Amora trying to come to terms with her new role, and the events of the previous book. The title really fits, too, as Amora is swept along by the events she’s experienced, and trying to deal with and fix these. It also fits with the world of the book, where the kingdom Amora rules over is a collection of various islands, rather than one land mass, and Amora travels the islands in her journies.

Read my review of All The Stars and Teeth / All the Tides of Fate


Into the Forest and all the Way Through
Cynthia Pelayo

This is such a powerful collection of poetry, focusing on true crime and the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the US. Pelayo is an excellent writer, and it truly shines through here in her collection. Like the woods, the forests are one of the earliest places we’re told to stay out from, and the title of this book is almost hopeful in it’s promise we’ll get all the way through. Honestly, this is one of those books I feel passionate about saying everyone needs to read.

My review of Into the Forest and all the Way Through


Harrow Lake
Kat Ellis

This is such a good YA Horror, and a great book for teenage horror fans and older. ‘Harrow Lake’ here refers to the town where Lola’s father filmed his iconic horror movie, and where Lola gets packed off to when her father is attacked. It’s creepy, and that creepiness stretches across the whole town. The title itself summons that really well – like the other locations on this list, lakes can be beautiful, but they can also be dirty, murky, dangerous. I grew up near a manmade lake, and it’s truly a lovely spot and a wonderful walk around. It’s used by local groups for canoeing and kayaking, but it hides things under the surface too, and we all grew up being warned about swimming in there, as construction vehicles were (apparently) left there when the lake was created. Truth is, when it comes to lakes, you never quite know what’s beneath the surface.

My review of Harrow Lake


Black Mountains: The Recollections of a South Wales Miner
David Barnes

The Black Mountains are a group of hills in South Wales, but here they convey something more; the title isn’t just about the location itself, but the coal and mining industry, and the impact it had on this region. Alf Gordon lived through some turbulent times, surviving the battle of the Somme and Senghenydd pit disaster. But this book isn’t just about mining or being a miner, as Alf lived a really varied and interesting life. It’s told in a really good way too, making it feel like a conversation rather than book.

My review of Black Mountains


Seven books with seven different geographical terms in the title. I really liked going through this and considering the titles alongside the storylines in the book – there were some others I could have chosen, but I’m quite happy with these ones. Which sort of books spring to mind for you first when thinking of geographical terms?

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