Totally Random Lists 2019: First-Name Basis

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


 It’s pretty simple. When you write a book or make a movie about a person, often the best title is just the name of the person. And sometimes the first name is enough, which sort of makes these books, movies and albums feel like good friends. Friends who live on your shelves.

first name booksBOOKS
Emma, Jane Austen
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Carrie, Stephen King
Kim, Rudyard Kipling
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
 

first name LPsMOVIES
Dave
Laura
Marty
Rudy
Amelie
Rocky
Alfie
Juno
Ted
Arthur
Harvey
Mulan

MUSIC
Tim, The Replacements
Carmen, Georges Bizet
Tommy, The Who
Joanne, Lady Gaga
Frank, Amy Winehouse
Jolene, Dolly Parton
 

Want a longer list? There’s more name-dropping at HPB.com/firstname

Totally Random Lists 2019: Twinsies!

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


When you’re born with an identical partner in crime, there’s plenty of drama and comedy ahead. But the truth is two are often better than one—for double the fun or double the trouble. Check out our list of twin-centric titles, including albums by bands with twins in their lineups. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: Leading Ladies

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


We’re taking a page from herstory to discover the plucky girls and uncommon ladies at the center of our favorite stories and music. Heartfelt or heroic, each featured female embodies the complex nature of women in a way that’s both memorable and inspirational. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: Take the Fifth

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


Five is a mystical number representing balance and the five senses. We’re not saying a writer’s fifth novel, a director’s fifth feature or a band’s fifth album is automatically great because of this, but judging by our list, we just might be onto something. Continue reading

Totally Random Lists 2019: Double Whammy

Editor’s Note: This year our Half Price Books calendar once again features books, movies and music grouped together in weird, unexpected ways. You might even call them Totally Random Lists, which is what we did because, well, we had to put something on the front cover. We like the lists so much, we’ll be sharing them on this blog throughout the year.


No man (or woman) is an island. Sometimes we need a partner to bounce ideas off of or butt heads with—in a productive way, of course. Grab your favorite plus-one and check out some of our favorite co-authored books, co-directed movies and cool musical collaborations. Continue reading