What’s the strangest title of a book you own?

This is the continuing series of questions for you in the comments, here’s how it works. I’ll ask you a question, and you either answer in the comments or on your own blog and drop a link to the post.

Question:

What’s the strangest title of a book you own?

Here’s my answer:

There is a recent book that Katherine owns that’s called “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” and I own one called “10 bad dates with DeNiro”. But that seems like cheating a bit, because it’s almost deliberately strange. This is a hard question to answer then, I’ll go for three which sound slightly over the top in their scope: “Understanding Society”, “The Complete Self Educator” and “The Good Old Index”. Perhaps the strangest is “The Enlightened Bracketologist”.

So what’s the strangest title of a book you own?

7 thoughts on “What’s the strangest title of a book you own?

  1. ‘Tono-Bungay’ by H. G. Wells perhaps, or ‘The Effect of Coastal Processes’ by Adrian Blamires, which is not, as it might sound, a technical manual, but a book of poems.

  2. Christine says:

    I always thought Cloud Atlas was a weird title for a book.

    Then I read it and realised it was just weird full stop. 🙂

  3. Janna says:

    Looking at my bookshelves, most of my books have entirely sensible titles :(.

    My favourite is “The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse” by Robert Rankin but then his titles are always peculiar.

    The strangest book I own is “Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid” by Douglas R Hofstadter – I’ve read it a few times but really don’t understand it. The Subtitle is “A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll”. If anyone can explain it to me, please let me know 🙂

  4. Igor says:

    I look around at my books and suspect strangeness is in the eye of the beholder.

    ‘The Perfect Sausage and Other Fundamental Formulas’ would be strange to some.

    ‘A272’ is strange, but very accurate and descriptive, (it’s about the road, the A272), so perhaps not strange at all.

    I’m happy with all my books, none of them are strange…

  5. I like the subtitle to the A272: An Ode to a road

  6. rubbergoat says:

    Well I suppose because half of my books are in Danish you could pick one of those… or one of my old university textbooks.

    But these are quite boring I guess, except I do have a book called ‘E=mc2’ – which I think is odd for a book to be named after the equation!

  7. Amy says:

    I completely forgot to answer this before. The oddest title on my shelf must be Happyslapped by a Jellyfish.

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