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April 16: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND — pick a past topic you missed or one you want to revisit!

A quick browse and I found one that has to be done–Hilarious Book Titles.

history of farting

1. The History of Farting; Benjamin Bart. This one’s pretty obvious. I didn’t actually read all of this book, but I did pick it up to flip through at a bookstore. Which is, I imagine, what they were going for with that title.

I am Woman

2. I am Woman, Hear Me Snore; Cathy Guisewite. These are comic collection books, so of course the titles are funny. Nonetheless, Cathy is endearingly panicked and hopeless, rushing about and screaming ‘AACK!’ whenever things go wrong. Pretty sure I wasn’t the intended audience, but I loved these books as a kid.

love nun

3. Island of the Sequined Love Nun; Christopher Moore. A washed-up pilot running errands to a tropical island for a priestess/nun who wears some interesting outfits. Really, nearly anything by Moore would work for this list, but this is an especially good example.

nunga nungas

4. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas; Louise Rennison. Hilarious angst of teenaged Georgia, all about relationships, school, and the perils of puberty. This whole series has the funniest titles. Some of it has to do with the slang–they’re published in the UK. And other people’s slang always seems funnier than yours.

mad scientist

5. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination; John Joseph Adams ed. A collection of short stories, where the level of insanity varies, but the science is always spectacular. My favorite was the story about a bunch of famous mad scientists’ daughters. Who hasn’t wondered if they have what it takes to take over the world?

white trash zombie

6. My Life as a White Trash Zombie; Diana Rowland. A very human version of zombies, and an imperfect main character, whose life is so bad becoming one of the living dead is actually an improvement. Definitely one of those titles that makes you go ‘What?!’

Phule Money

7. A Phule and His Money; Robert Asprin. Willard Phule ends up in charge of a collection of military misfits, but unlike the previous Captains, he’s not going to give up on them. The previous two books make the same Phule/fool joke, but this is the one that committed to it enough to make me smile.

thanks for fish

8. So Long, and Thanks for all The Fish; Douglas Adams. The dolphin’ s last message to humanity–you have to read the books to have it make sense, really. All of the Hitchhiker’s Guide have pretty interesting titles, but this one makes me smile the most. Maybe because of this.


9. True Meaning of Smekday; Adam Rex. Aliens have taken over the Earth and renamed it Smekland, in honor of the alien Captain Smek. Christmas becomes Smekday, and twelve-year-old Gratuity has to write an essay about its true meaning. ‘This title made me smile, and made me curious enough to read the book.

ghoul to do

10. What’s a Ghoul to Do? Victoria Laurie. This series about a struggling ghost-buster team is pretty funny. Sometimes, it’s hard to forgive writers these terribly puntastic titles. But they’re pretty much everywhere, so you might as well get a chuckle over them.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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