As I used to, (sigh), wander through bookstores, I often picked up a book because of its cover or title. As I try to sell my own novel, I'm wondering what makes a good title.
The title of my novel, as of right now, is Amor for Love. It's taken from a line in the book where the protagonist, a tennis player, wonders if they say amor for "love" when scoring tennis in Spanish. Things I like about this title: it has a Spanish word, which I hope evokes its exotic (Mexican) setting; it has the word love, indicating that it's a love story; it features a tennis term (love means zero in tennis); it's symmetrical. In the con column, when I say the title out loud, I often have to repeat it, even spell the word amor. Like my dog's name, Nalu, it seems to confuse people. Confusing seems bad as far as title characteristics go.
Are there books you picked up just because of the title? Or books you ended up loving with lackluster titles? And yes, if you have a great title for a love story set in Mexico featuring a tennis player, let it rip. I'll be sure to mention you in the acknowledgments section.