Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday Ten: Funny Book Titles

This week's Tuesday Ten from The Broke and the Bookish is a rewind, so I've decided to tackle one of the earliest themes -- ten "most hilarious" book titles. I'm limiting myself to the books I've read and though the titles aren't often LOL-worthy, they are odd, offbeat, and, yes, funny. Sometimes a bit ridiculous, too.

1. You'll Never Nanny In This Town Again: The True Adventures of A Hollywood Nanny
Suzanne Hansen
Oh, I quite like this book. It's decades old, but still a great "insider" look at the lives (and families) of the rich and famous, with a particular focus on the ways "the help" is treated especially in regards to their children. As someone who works with kids, I loved the often-relatable-if-exaggerated accounts.

2. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father
Jessica Brody
This title (much like its story) just reeks of spoiled-bratdom. 

3. Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Austin Kleon
This is a great little gem of a book, with an attention-getting title. Totally recommended, by the way.

4. The Babysitter Murders
Janet Ruth Young
This one is completely un-hilarious, but instead a hundred percent startling and a little scary. For the paperback release the title was changed to the more-apt Things I Shouldn't Think.

5. Stupid Fast
Geoff Herbach
Ahhhhhhahahaha I love this title. Say it really fast and it sounds awesome. I don't know why, it just does. Stupidfast!

6. Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
I am such a fan of puns. Wordplay.

7. How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Natalie Standiford
This title just never fails to make me smile. So, so good.

8. Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life
Sandra Beasley
It occurs to me now that memoir-type books often have awesome titles. Got any more great ones for me? (Also, as an aside, the book itself is also really awesome and so informative when it comes to food allergies.)

9. Sleepwalk With Me
Mike Birbiglia
Again, a memoir. Again, a slight little twist on words. And again, very recommended.

10. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
Erin McCahan
I really can't say enough good things about the title or the book.

Going through my list of 'read' books on Goodreads I've discovered that I've read a novel called How to Be Bad, and also a novel called How to Be Good. Huh. 


  1. Great List. I love Withering Tights, How to Say Goodbye in Robot and Don't Kill the Birthday Girl. Fab!

  2. I've only read one, don't kill the birthday girl, but it rocked.