15 Questionable Book Titles That Really Exist

December 7, 2016
Julie Jarema
Riveted Editorial Board

Hope you’re enjoying Riveted’s 12 Days of Reading! One of the most amusing titles in this lineup of free reads has got to be The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks. Now, I’ve read this book and it’s actually a great read, but there’s no hiding my giggle every time I read the title. In honor of the fact that I like to make myself (and others) laugh, I’ve rounded up a list with this YA novel as well as 14 other books with equally intriguing yet weird titles that I’m sure you’ll judge by their covers. Let us know which ones you want to pick up in the new year!

Also, there’s apparently an award dedicated to the oddest book titles! You’re welcome.

The True Meaning of Cleavageby Mariah Fredericks

But what is it? 

Children Are No Match For Fire: A Fire Safety Story For The Whole Familyby Carol Dean

Horrifying, and yet there’s a pun in there…

Pooh Gets Stuckby Isabel Gaines

That happened…

How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Childrenby Lewis Burke Frumkes

Those “my child is an honor student” bumperstickered minivans are prime targets.

Strangers Have the Best Candyby Margaret Meps Schulte

Indeed. They do.

The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy: Open Your Mind to Greater Creative Thinkingby Tom Monahan

What could go wrong?

Teach Your Wife to be a Widowby Donald I. Rogers

There’s no description for this book, but all the reviews and comments seem to reference murder…

Knitting with Dog Hair: Better A Sweater from a Dog You Love Than from a Sheep You’ll Never Meetby Kendall Crolius

My dog would look great in her own fur coat!

Sun-Beams May be Extracted from Cucumbers, but the Process is Tediousby David Daggett

Seems legit.

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Foundby Doug Richmond

Yes, “disappear” is spelled incorrectly, not just once, but several times on this cover.

Who Cares about Elderly People?by Pam Adams

Sad day.

Bombproof Your Horseby Rick Pelicano & Lauren Tjaden

Safety first! Don’t forget to wear a helmet!

The Practical Pyromaniacby William Gurstelle

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Reusing Old Gravesby Douglas Davies & Alastair Shaw

Stay green and reduce, reuse, and recycle—even after you’re gone!

Eating People is Wrongby Malcolm Bradbury

Sounds like a modest proposal.