This week’s top ten are Funny Book Titles! Thinking about books I’ve read, I don’t remember any books that I thought had funny titles, so I have browsed through Goodreads to see what I could find. Most of these books I do not know much about other than their titles – so this is not a recommendations list, just a list for funsies 🙂
Title: Eating People is Wrong
Author: Malcolm Bradbury
Genre: Fiction, British Literature
First published: 1959
Goodreads rating: 3.39 stars, 438 ratings, 44 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: Insanely funny depiction of members of the English department at a provincial English university.
Note: I just like that we have to be reminded that it is indeed wrong to eat people.
Title: Zombie Raccoons & Killer Bunnies
Author: Martin H. Greenberg
Genre: Horror, Anthologies, Fantasy, Short stories, Zombies, Animals
First published: 2009
Goodreads rating: 3.14 stars, 101 ratings, 27 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: …The fifteen tales included here range from chilling to humorous, from fairy-tale settings to high-tech situations. What they share is originality and critters. From an ongoing conflict between chickens and killer bunnies, to a raccoon ready to defend its own at any cost…from a Siamese cat in league with a super squirrel to a story about the white bull of Tara – you’ll find tales about both the creatures you see around you every day, and those you should hope never to meet.
Title: Fancy Coffins to make Yourself
Author: Dale Power
Genre: Arts & Crafts
First published: 2001
Goodreads rating: 4.88 stars, 8 ratings, 4 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: Here’s the help you need for one of life’s most critical undertakings — making your own coffin. Author and craftsman Dale Power revisits one of his most popular woodworking projects with additional embellishment, adding finery and fancy to what could easily become your final resting place. Easily, that is, since, more than 230 color photos and detailed instructions have been provided to help guide you step by step toward your own casket. This project might truly be your life’s finest accomplishment(…)The color photo gallery and detailed instructions will challenge the novice and inspire experienced craftsmen.
Note: Arts and crafts with colour photos?! Count me in!
Title: How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide
Author: Meghan Doherty
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, How to, Self Help
First published: 2013
Goodreads rating: 3.39 stars, 747 ratings, 141 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: On the one hand, nobody wants to be a dick. On the other hand, dicks are everywhere! They cut in line, talk behind our backs, recline into our seats, and even have the power to morph into trolls online. Their powers are impressive, but with a little foresight and thoughtfulness, we can take a stand against dickishness today. How Not to Be a Dick is packed with honest and straightforward advice, but it also includes playful illustrations showing two well-meaning (but not always well behaved) young people as they confront moments of potential dickishness in their everyday lives. Sometimes they falter, sometimes they triumph, but they always seek to find a better way. And with their help, you can too.
Note: This is a very important piece of literature and I honestly think more people should read this!
Title: The Lizard of Oz
Author: Richard Seltzer
Genre: Humor, Fantasy
First published: 1974
Goodreads rating: 4.25 stars, 12 ratings, 5 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: When an elementary class sets out on a quest to save the world form disenchantment, their adventures reveal paradoxes of the human mind and ways of awakening the magic within us.
The second edition is online for free at my web site
It’s a great improvement and will probably never appear in print
Note: Idk, I just really think the title is cute 🙂
Title: Nibbled to Death by Ducks
Author: Robert Campbell
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
First published: 1989
Goodreads rating: 3.56 stars, 86 ratings, 9 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: When Jimmy Flannery uncovers an elderly patient face down in a nursing home’s picturesque duck pond, he suspects foul play and is determined to discover who is trying to murder the nursing home’s occupants.
Note: …foul play
Title: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir, Death
First published: 2014
Goodreads rating: 4.17 stars, 60,996 ratings, 7,473 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (and fascinating) details of her curious profession.
…Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Doughty’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Doughty argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).
Note: I am just a huge fan of her YouTube channel – this books is definitely on my TBR.
Ask a Mortician YouTube channel
Title: How to Raise Your IQ by Eating Gifted Children
Author: Lewis B. Frumkes
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction
First published: 2000
Goodreads rating: 3.13 stars, 48 ratings, 11 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: Lewis Burke Frumkes, one of America’s very best satirists, sharpens his pen on the fads, fears, and fashions of the urban landscape. Here are 49 hilarious ways to cope with them. Explore the benefits of aerobic typing. Wile a friend with “Exotic Gifts from Harry and Larry” including “Road Imperial Valium;America’s Favorite Tranquilizer;Only Better.” Take charge of your next meeting with Frumkes’ “New Rules of Order,” which include Blurting, Interrupting, and Bullwhipping. Jump in the saddle and rope a roach, apartment style. And, of course, raise your I.Q. with a delicious “Gifted Child Fricassee.”
Note: Raising one’s IQ by eating a delicious “Gifted Child Fricassee” – if only it was that easy!
Title: I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems By Cats
Author: Francesco Marciuliano
Genre: Poetry, Humor, Cats, Nonfiction
First published: 2012
Goodreads rating: 3.95 stars, 9,980 ratings, 1,429 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: …With titles like Who Is That on Your Lap?, This Is My Chair, Kneel Before Me, Nudge, and Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs, the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche.
With photos of the cat authors throughout, this whimsical volume reveals kitties at their wackiest, and most exasperating (but always lovable).
Note: Kitty poets *chef’s kiss*
Title: The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves
Author: Jack Douglas
Genre: Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir
First published: 1972
Goodreads rating: 3.28 stars, 148 ratings, 32 reviews (as of Monday the 22nd of March 2021)
Goodreads summary: There is no explanation
I was a bit skeptic when I read the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, but I had a lot of fun looking up names and checking their Goodreads page. So, have you read any of these or even heard of any of them? If you have, which ones?