Burn, Baby, Burn: Idiosyncratic Lit List

February 3, 2015 Idiosyncratic Lit List 18

Howdy Bookworms!

Y’all know I live in the Midwest, so snow in winter is pretty much a given. That said, after I’ve been out braving the elements, pretty much the only thing I want to do is curl up next to a toasty fire and read a book. This (of course) got me to thinking about a list and books with flaming titles. Shall we?!



1. Foxfire by Joyce Carol Oates: The book is subtitled “Confessions of a Girl Gang.” I’m not sure more description is completely necessary.

2. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon: It is my mission in life to include an Outlander book in every list I make. Okay, so that’s kind of a lie, but it seems to happen often enough for me to claim it.

3. Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier: Because SOMEBODY needed to write a historical fiction novel with William Blake as a central character. Tyger, tyger indeed.

4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (review): It’s everyone’s favorite cyborg Cinderella, y’all! Speaking of which, I think there’s a new installment of The Lunar Chronicles floating around out there. I need to check it out.

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5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris: I love David Sedaris. There is nobody as bizarre and delightful and dark and hilarious.

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Of course I went there. The temperature at which books burn? I mean, who hasn’t read this one with the “firemen” and the HORRORS?

7. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling: You know you wanted to put your name in the Goblet of Fire. Even if it meant battling a dragon and/or certain death. You’re reckless that way.

Got any more fiery titles burning a hole in your brain, Bookworms?

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18 Responses to “Burn, Baby, Burn: Idiosyncratic Lit List”

  1. Jayne

    Hunger Games Catching Fire. I fought reading the series for awhile and was surprised by how much I liked it.

    • Words For Worms

      I’m not an expert on Faulkner, but I can’t think of any of his works that include fire-related titles, so I’m afraid he didn’t make the cut. For THIS list, anyway.

  2. Rhian

    Fairest by Marissa Meyer is out now and is a prequel about the Lunar Queen. I bought it the other day and am balancing reading it RIGHT NOW and waiting a bit because Winter isn’t due until November.

  3. ThatAshGirl

    Last Lunar book I read was Cress. Can we say hell yes to a Hacker Rapunzel?!?! I didn’t think the next one came out till late 2015. Love this series.

    And I fully support you including a DG book in every single list. I encourage it.

    I’m going to add…Catching Fire
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    The Girl who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy)
    The whole George R.R. Martin series is technically called A Song of Ice and Fire
    Stephen King had an awesome book called Firestarter (with a movie version staring a very young Drew Barrymore)
    And just to be a smartass I’m going to include A breath of snow and ashes….’cause technically ashes are a direct result of fire.

  4. Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books

    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin is nonfiction, a really good but heavy collection of reflections on race, power, culture, and religion (among other topics) as a black man in Harlem in the 1960s.

    My friend recommended Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan to me, but I haven’t read it yet.

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