Questionable Titles That Really Exist, Part 2

March 8, 2017
Julie Jarema
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Ever since I posted my last roundup of books with ridiculous amazing titles, I’ve been alerted to the fact that so many more genius ones exist.  I’ve even read a few of these, and I’d like to get my hands on more.

Are you loving this list? Have I missed your favorite strange title? Do you have plans to ponder any of these curiosities? Let me know in the comments!


Sad Underwear and Other Complicationsby Judith Viorst

Sometimes things are hard.

Drink, Slay, Loveby Sarah Beth Durst

There are unicorns and vampires and so much snark. To top it all off, it’s coming out as a Lifetime Original Movie later this year!

Do Bananas Chew Gum?by Jamie Gilson

Definitely read this one for Battle of the Books in elementary school. I learned that it’s not a book of surprising scientific facts.

Nostradamus Ate My Hamsterby Robert Rankin

No surprise—this one involves time travel.

Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad Schoolby Adam Ruben

If you’re at this point, here are some other extremely helpful-sounding books to help you make it through: How to Win at College, A Ph.D. is Not Enough!, and Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day.

Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop: And Other Practical Advice in Our Campaign Against the Fairy Kingdomby Reginald Bakeley

But I love a good fairy menace.

Do-It-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and Peopleby Dale Power

*grabs the puff paint and glitter glue* I’m ready.

Half Asleep in Frog Pajamasby Tom Robbins

This sounds like a summary of my life.

Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining: America’s Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Outby Judy Sheindlin

Judge Judy gets real.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Philip K. Dick

Who knows what those pesky robots are up to these days?

So Long and Thanks for All the Fishby Douglas Adams

This should be the standard parting phrase, especially after you go home and realize 12 fish have been slapped to your back.

Withering Tightsby Louise Rennison

Horrific romance + Yorkshire Moors + ghosts + revenge + usual gothic fiction shenanigans = shriveled up tights?

Ghosts: Minnesota’s Other Natural Resourceby Brian Leffler

What’s Minnesota’s first natural resource then? Paul Bunyan statues?

Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrelsby Bill Adler

I already know what the revenge sequel will look like*

*Replace “penguins” with “squirrels”

The Encyclopaedia of Medical Ignorance: Exploring the Frontiers of Medical Knowledgeby Ronald Duncan; M. Weston-Smith

At least someone compiled all the ignorance into one book…?

5 Responses to Questionable Titles That Really Exist, Part 2

  1. Weeziel40er says:

    Unfortunately, Minnesota’s ghost book is actually called “Ghosts: Minnesota’s Unnatural Resource” and not “Other Resource.” lol. Still kind of funny though.

  2. pagebobi says:

    Those are AMAZING! Just the laugh out loud moment I needed after a rough day.

  3. Keri Horan says:

    Ohhh, one of my favorites: Microwave Cooking For One. That cover is A++

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