Posted by Suzanne Lilly
|Monkey at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Image by DEQ on Flickr.|
What book titles attract your interest? Is it the plain and mundane, or is it the alarming and disarming? Be it a good title, a bad title, a funny title, or a scary title, the ones that step out from the pack are the ones we remember.
Last week, I posted five quirky and unusual romance quotes. Now we’re moving on to quirky and unusual book titles. I agonize over the titles of my books and stories. You'll see from this list that perhaps not everyone spends a great deal of time choosing that all important TITLE.
One of my favorite book catalogs comes from a family owned company that specializes in remaindered and out of print items. When I went through the newest catalog this week, the entries entertained me through two glasses of tea and a full hour of lounging about pretending to do research. Here are the top five plus another four titles I discovered for your reading pleasure, all in this one catalog.
- The Cartoon Guide to Calculus. Perhaps now those stuffy high school math teachers will let the kids read comic books in class.
- Stupid on the Road. I drive on I-80 everyday. Do I really need to buy a book to see this?
- Complete Ancient Greek: Teach Yourself. But who will you speak it with?
- Teach Yourself Electricity. Comes with a free, do-it-yourself last will and testament.
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Lawsuits. An alternate title for this might be, How to Get Yourself Thrown Out of Court.
- Turtles: an Extraordinary Natural History. It starts out slow. Don’t try to rush through it.
- The Utterly, Completely, and Totally Useless Fact-O-Pedia: A Startling Collection of Over 1,000 Things You’ll Never Need to Know! I’m startled to think anyone spent money to buy this book.
- Uglier Than a Monkey’s Armpit. ‘Nuff said.
- I'm Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears. Could those be a monkey's ears?
Clearly, I've been struggling too hard to come up with unique titles for my Honey Creek Books. Next time, I might just pick up this catalog, close my eyes, and point.
Here's an example of a really, really good novel title that makes you want to pick up the book and read it right away.
What’s the best, worst, or strangest book title you’ve ever come across?