18 Captivating Books With Numbers In The Title


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Best books with number in the title

Have you ever wondered how authors choose the titles for their books? While some writers prefer short titles others prefer long titles. One of my recent favourites with a long title is Delia Owens’ ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’.

There are a few other categories where the book has female names as titles, such as ‘Elenaor OIiphant is Completely Fine’ or ‘Verity’. Sometimes, authors even include a colour in the book title! Check this post to find out books with colour ‘red’ in the title

22 Compelling Books With ‘Red’ In The Title

Interestingly there are many books that have numbers in their titles. Some of them are just numbers, while others have a number and a word. 

In my opinion all these are fun ways to categorise books. Whether you’re doing a reading challenge or organising the books in your bookshelf, it’s time to get creative with arranging books!

In this post you can find an interesting list of books with numbers in the title. You might be already familiar with some of the classic books such as 1984 of which titles are just numbers.  

Even so, find out more books with a wide range of numbers. You might begin to wonder about the reason behind those titles. A few of my favourites from the list of books with numbers are: 

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  , ‘The Four Winds’ by Kristin Hannah and ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini! 

Now it’s time to find your favourite book from the list! 

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s New York Times best selling novel tells the story of a fictional Hollywood star- Evelyn Hugo and Monique, the young journalist who Evelyn has chosen to write her story. As Evelyn unfolds her tumultuous career, we are taken from her earlier life as an ordinary housewife to her becoming the Hollywood starlet. Although we already know the number in the title signifies her marriage, Reid takes readers to Evelyn’s scandalous seven marriages and forbidden love. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is certainly an ultimate page-turner about ambition, love and the price of glory.

If you want to read more books with number 7 in the title, here are a few: ‘7 1/2 deaths’ of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton , ‘Seven Days in May’ by Kim Izzo  ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey,Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest’ by Matthew Restall,   and ‘Seven Days in June’ by Tia Williams.

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover 

From the author of ‘It Ends With Us’ comes another unforgettable love story about two characters- Fallon and Ben. Former actress Fallon meets the aspiring novelist Ben the day before her cross-country move. Fallon was having an argument with her father when she met Ben for the first time. This unexpected encounter turns to mutual affection and they end up spending Fallon’s last day together. When Fallon unravels her life that sparks a creative inspiration in Ben. As they bid goodbyes and go on to live their separate lives, they decide to meet on November 9 for the next five years.  

Nine Lives to Die’ by Rita Mae Brown is another good book to read with number nine in the title. 

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The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

From the author of Nightingale comes a stirring story of  survival, hope and resilience. ‘The Four Winds’ is a testament to one woman’s perseverance to save her family. In 1934, when the Dust Bowl hit the Great Plains, many were out of work and farmers were trying hard to save their land from dying. Elsa Martinelli was also among many who travelled to California, seeking a better future. ‘The Four Winds’ narrates a mother’s impeccable courage to survive tribulation after tribulation. This New York Times bestseller is a perfect book to read if you’re looking for famous books with numbers (or in this case number four) in the title.

British writer Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel ‘The Sign of the Four’, and Miguel Ruiz’s ‘The Four Agreements’ are also great books  to read.  

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  

The fans of  iconic rock group ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ are shocked to hear about the band’s break up. Nobody knows the real reason behind the band’s unexpected decision.  As the story progresses we learn about the history of the band The life of lead singer, Daisy, and her life as a young girl in LA, among rock stars, drugs and sex. Reid has written the novel in a series of interviews. Which will take the reader to the world of the era of music, glamour and scandal. Daisy Jones & The Six is an addictive novel to add in the list of books with the number “six” in the title.

If you want to read more books with “six” here are a few more!  Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir. Check out this list of books with number six in the title from Goodreads 

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The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones 

In 1619 enslaved Africans were brought to America for the first time. Which was also how slavery had began in America, which had lasted for 250 years.

In ‘The 1619 Project’, investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has compiled numerous essays and poems  that will let you rethink the vision of the American past and present.

A powerful book that illustrates impacts of slavery in the history of America and how it continues to shape contemporary life. 

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1984 by George Orwell

Among the list of books with numbers in the title, there are some where the titles of the books are just numbers. One such example is English author George Orwell’s novel, ‘1984’. This dystopian novel, set in 1984, narrates the world of a totalitarian government called, “The Party”, run by a man named “Big Brother”.

The Party not only controls the history and language of the city but also each individual’s thoughts and mind. French Victor Hugo’s ‘Ninety-Three’ and Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’ are also a few other novels with just numbers as titles. 

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Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

The author of ‘How To Be an Antiracist’, Ibram X. Kendi and historical Keisha N. Blain has curated a collection of essays that bring life to Black History. 400 years of  history which began with the first slave ship in 1619. There are eighty chapters that discuss the heart-wrenching stories that underlines the injustice of the past.

All these stories are told by many authors and each writer includes poems, essays and short stories. 

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500 Miles from You by Jenny Colgan

Bestselling  author Jenny Colgan is best known for quintessential small town stories.  In ‘500 Miles from You’ we meet Lissa who is a nurse from London, because of some unfortunate incidents she is suffering from PTSD.  In order to help her, the authorities send her across to Scottish highlands for a 3 month exchange program. Meanwhile, Cormac, the nurse from the village in Scotlands is replacing her in London.  We follow their endless chat about patients, hospitals, life and about each other. 

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12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

‘12 years a slave’ is based on the real life story of Solomon Northup, a free-born African-American from New York. A violinist by profession he was kidnapped from his home and was sold to a slavery in the South. He was kept in slavery for twelve years in Louisiana, where he was the tyranny of the brutal plantation owner, Edwin Epps.

This gripping real life story of a man with indomitable spirit is a must-read. 

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100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez’s classic novel is a captivating tale about the Buendía family and the history of a small town called Macondo. The story begins with José Arcadio Buendia who fled his home town with his wife, Ursula because of their fear of having cursed children. During their migration, José dreams of a utopian society, which was  later established as Macondo. For years, the town was unconnected to the outside world. What follows next is the family saga that will span over a hundred years. 

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

‘Station Eleven’ is another thrilling book with a number in the title. Set in the near future, this action packed sci-fi novel follows a deadly flu known as ‘the collapse’. The fatal virus has killed most humans on the planet. We follow a group of survivors, known as the ‘Travelling Symphony’ and their journey across America. There are also glimpses of their life before “the collapse”. 

In case you want to do a reading challenge with books with number eleven in the title, Paulo Coelho’s ‘Eleven Minutesis another book to read. 

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Author Mitch Albom’s 2003 book starts with the death of an army veteran named Eddie. He died on his 83d birthday, while trying to save a young girl’s life. Working as a maintenance man, Eddie seems to have led an uninspired life. However, once he arrives in Heaven, he meets five people, who have connected to his life in one way or the other. The novel further explores the idea of heaven and how everything is connected in one’s life. In the list of books with number 5 in the title, Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ and Rebecca Serle’s ‘In Five Years’ are also worth adding. 

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Set in a dystopian future, in Ray Bradbury’s classic novel we meet Guy Montag, a fireman who is assigned to burn the books and the houses where they are hidden. He never has second thoughts about his actions. Every time after his duties, he returns to his monotonous life and to his wife who is addicted to television. However, everything changes when he meets a girl named Clarisse. The  young neighbour introduces him to the world of books and explains how seeing the world through books can be exciting.

Once home Montag begins to question his job and the society he lives in. 

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

McManus’s 2021 is the fast-paced YA whodunit.  The story follows four different characters- Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper, who are the prime suspects of their classmate,Simon Kelleher’s murder. Simon has a gossip app where he shares all nasty secrets of his classmates. One afternoon Simon and his high-profile classmates find themselves in detention. However, before the end of detention, Simon is dead. What follows is a series of investigations surrounding the four suspects and unpredictable twists. If you’re looking for the best books to read with number “one” in the title, you should definitely give this book a try. The sequel to this book- ‘One of Us Is Next’ is also another great page-turner. Also it seems that author loves to add number ‘one’ in the title of the book, here are a few more to enjoy ‘One Last Stop’ by Casey McQuiston, ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

From the bestselling author of ‘The Kite Runner’, comes a surviving tale of two women from  the conservative societies of Afghanistan. Young Mariam was born as a result of extramarital liaison, after her mother’s death, her father arranges her marriage to a windower from Kabul. The man named Rasheed, who is almost thirty years older than her, never cared to give her a good life. When Mariam is unable to get pregnant, Rasheed turns abusive and vicious. Meanwhile as the political environment becomes chaotic, occasional  blasts begin to occur. During one such incident Marium and Rasheed save a gravely injured girl-Laila. However, after a few weeks Rasheed proposes marriage to her.

This powerful story illustrates how both women navigate their life through war and abuse. 

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13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Author Jay Asher’s debut novel ‘13 Reasons Why’ is a remarkable young adult novel that follows the life of Hannah Baker. Hannah has committed suicide and leaves behind a series of casette revealing the reason for her death. She blames 13 people as the main reason for death, including her classmate named Clay. Clay has received the tapes and as he listens to them one by one, he learns more about Hannah and the events that caused her death.

This YA mystery novel is perfect for the list of books with numbers in the title. 

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Catch -22  by Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller’s satirical war novel is set in Italy and follows bombardier, Yossarian and his desperate attempts to stay alive. The term ‘Catch-22’ is formed by the author through his work. It explains  a paradoxical situation from which one can’t escape. It’s the same problem that the protagonist, Yossarian, faces in the novel. 

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 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas’s French adventure novel follows a young man named d’Artagnan, who travels to Paris to become the King’s Musketeers. However, his attempts are not successful immediately but he becomes friends with the three Musketeers and takes part in the state affairs. Even after years of its publication, The Three Musketeers  remains the most famous historical fiction adventure novel. Grab this classic tale to do the challenge of books with numbers in the title.

New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty’s novel ‘Three Wishes’ is another book for this list of books with number three in the title. 

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Set in late 18th Charles Dickens’ famous novel is set in the backdrop of the French Revolution. It tells the story of a French doctor named Manette and his imprisonment in Paris. After serving a long years in jail, he meets his daughter for the first time. And what follows is a series of events that caused  the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.  A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel perfect to read in the category of books with numbers in the title.

And if you need more, read Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’ and Jasmine Guillory’s Party of Two.

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Start reading these amazing books with numbers in the title immediately!

Let me know what are your favorite from the list,

Stephy

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