The topic this week is ‘Funny Book Titles’, which was actually quite hard. But I managed in the end, with a little help from Gemma, my dear sister and co-blogger. So without further ado, here are my top ten funny book titles (in no particular order):
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams – the fourth book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams is definitely worthy of his place here. His writing always makes me laugh out loud, and his titles are just the prelude to it.
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett – definitely a humorous title from one of the most humorous fantasy writers out there. I remember finding my copy of this book many years ago in a charity shop and buying based on the title, which made me smile. It did not disappoint, and remains one of my favourite Pratchett books to date (though I haven’t read quite so many, so who’s to say whether it will change.
One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author’s most recent novella, and though I’m not sure if the title is meant to be funny, it makes me smile every time I pick it up, so it goes on the list. The book itself is also very funny, and I’d highly recommend it.
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s about a town that starts banning letters as they fall off the memorial statue of Nevin Nollop, author of the pangram “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”, and as the letters are banned, they disappear from the book too! It sounds really intriguing, and the title is a great pun.
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams – yes, I included two of them. Sue me! I find this one’s title just as funny as the first one I mentioned, but for entirely different reasons.
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens – another one I haven’t read but that is on my shelf waiting for me to be in the right mood. I always love a good middle grade detective book, but when it has such a witty title, I love it even more! Arsenic for Tea, the second book title, also gets a shoutout!
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – need I say more? I already find the short title entertaining, what with the paradox, but the full title makes me smile every time. I could read this book on repeat!
The Wood Bee Queen by Edward Cox – if you recall, I mentioned this one on my Spring TBR last week. I still haven’t read it, and am not sure if the title is intended to have humour in it, but it’s what caught my eye and made me request the book on NetGalley, since I saw it as a pun of ‘the would-be queen’.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman – another Neil Gaiman, yes. This one is a kid’s book, and the title is a strange one. When I bought it, I decided to read it to my whole family (who are, yes, all adults) and I don’t think we’d laughed that hard in a long time. It’s about a dad who goes out to buy milk, and when he returns later than expected, tells his children of the fantastical adventures that he had on his way back to the shops. But fortunately, the milk made it back in one piece.
Bonus from Gemma:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – this one is Gemma’s nomination, as she really enjoys the irony of the title. Eleanor Oliphant is definitely not fine, send help!