Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.
This week’s theme is a Top Ten Freebie – no set topic, pick your own! I decided to keep it light and breezy this week. My topic: Those long, silly, fun book titles that always catch my attention.
My top 10 books with super long, super funny, or just plain super awesome titles:
1) The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams. Although I could just as easily have picked pretty much any other book by Douglas Adams for this list. Other favorites are So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Douglas Adams was a brilliant, humorous, wonderful talent, gone too soon.
2) Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore. Christopher Moore makes it onto most of my top 10 lists, one way or another, and while this may be the goofiest of his book titles, it’s actually not my favorite of his books. Still, any Christopher Moore book is a damn good book. Other terrific titles: Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings and The Stupidest Angel.
3) My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer (editor). This collection of 40 new fairy tales is weird, original, and a great book for when you feel like reading something in bits and pieces. And I just love the title.
4) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Oliver Sacks’s non-fiction books about weird science always fascinate me, and they tend to have terrific titles as well. Other good ones: An Anthropologist on Mars and The Island of the Colorblind.
5) To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I haven’t read this one yet, but I intend to! Part of a time travel series, this book grabbed my attention with its title, but I’m intrigued by the content as well. I have a few of the books in the series — now I just need to find time to read them.
6) Will The Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? by Allyson Beatrice. Subtitled “True Adventures in Cult Fandom”, this book is supposedly an inside look at the world of superfans. I picked it up as a used book sale and haven’t read it yet — but the title makes me giggle.
7) The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. A book for kids by Neil Gaiman! Can’t beat that.
8) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Awesome book, terrific title. Another by the same author with a great title is the short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
9) Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. All of this author’s tween-oriented books have amazing titles, including Knocked Out By My Nunga Nungas and It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers.
10) And for my final entry, I’ll smoosh together a couple of books I’ve heard about from various friends and book sites, but haven’t actually read myself — yet:
- The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
plus a couple more that I’ve read and enjoyed (and didn’t think of until I’d finished this list!):
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
What did I miss? Let me know your favorite long, funny, or otherwise awesome books titles!
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