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Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: 36 Books With Elements in Their Titles

"Here's some trivia for your next late-night conversation: The concept of the classical elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—originates in the ancient world, and seems to have been developed pretty much simultaneously by the best thinkers in multiple cultures. References to the idea can be found in artifacts from ancient Greece, Egypt, and India.

We're all about classification here at Goodreads, and so we've transposed this idea to the world of books. Listed below are 36 books with a classical element in the title—nine for each element. Reading thematically can be fun, and you may spot some familiar names. Where else are you going to get Jules Verne, Madeleine L'Engle, and Ta-Nehisi Coates in the same lineup?"
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The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)
3
The Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Fanon)
The Wretched of the Earth (Frantz Fanon)
4
Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri)
Unaccustomed Earth (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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5
Disappearing Earth (Julia Phillips)
Disappearing Earth (Julia Phillips)
6
The Uninhabitable Earth (David Wallace-Wells)
The Uninhabitable Earth (David Wallace-Wells)
7
House of Earth and Blood (Sarah Maas)
House of Earth and Blood (Sarah Maas)
8
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne)
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne)
9
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
10
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
11
Open Water (Caleb Azumah Nelson)
Open Water (Caleb Azumah Nelson)
12
The Sweetness of Water (Nathan Harris)
The Sweetness of Water (Nathan Harris)
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13
The Water Dancer (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
The Water Dancer (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
14
A Girl Is a Body of Water (Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi)
A Girl Is a Body of Water (Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi)
15
Things We Lost to the Water (Eric Nguyen)
Things We Lost to the Water (Eric Nguyen)
16
The Devil and the Dark Water (Stuart Turton)
The Devil and the Dark Water (Stuart Turton)
17
Something in the Water (Catherine Steadman)
Something in the Water (Catherine Steadman)
18
Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)
Into the Water (Paula Hawkins)
19
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
20
Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)
Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)
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21
Punching the Air (Ibi Zoboi)
Punching the Air (Ibi Zoboi)
22
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
23
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
24
The Four Winds (Kristin Hannah)
The Four Winds (Kristin Hannah)
25
What the Wind Knows (Amy Harmon)
What the Wind Knows (Amy Harmon)
26
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
27
A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L'engle)
A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L'engle)
28
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
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29
Things We Lost in the Fire (Mariana Enriquez)
Things We Lost in the Fire (Mariana Enriquez)
30
With the Fire on High (Elizabeth Acevedo)
With the Fire on High (Elizabeth Acevedo)
31
Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
32
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
33
Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)
Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)
34
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
35
Things You Save in a Fire (Katherine Center)
Things You Save in a Fire (Katherine Center)
36
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Stieg Larsson)
The Girl Who Played With Fire (Stieg Larsson)
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