This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Funny Book Titles. Trying to think of funny book titles off the top of my head was hard, so I had to do a little searching through Goodreads. The conclusion I came to was that I don’t know of a ton of funny book titles. Maybe I just don’t read the right books for this kind of prompt. I have read books with puns in the titles, so I decided to focus on those for this week!
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation: by Lynne Truss: So a lot of the books on this list are writing or grammar related. Apparently there is something funny about naming a grammar book with a joke. This one is great, especially once you understand why it’s funny.
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn: I love a good book with a pun, and this one is so adorable, just like the story.
Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares: How to Avoid Unplanned and Unwanted Grammar Errors by Jenny Baranick: Okay, but this book. It’s ridiculous. So ridiculous. But will I remember grammar rules because of it? Yes, yes, I will. There are some raunchy jokes throughout this so if that’s not your thing, maybe skip it.
No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe: A sorta-retelling of Sherlock Holmes with this title? Yes, please.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton: I’m not sure if this is entirely a pun, but I love when titles include words in parentheses or cross out parts to replace other words.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson: The volume titles for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics are hilarious. I can’t get over them. I never thought I’d be so delighted about squirrel puns: Squirrel You Know It’s True (Vol. 2), I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It (Vol. 4), Like I’m the Only Squirrel in the World (vol. 5), To All The Squirrels I’ve Loved Before (Vol. 12). Plus, there are so many puns within the comics too!
How to Not Write Bad by Ben Yagoda: Again, not sure how much of a pun this is, but I love the title of a book about writing that includes a grammar mistake. So perfect.
Wreck the Halls: Cake Wrecks Get “Festive” Jen Yates: Anything related to Cake Wrecks is hilarious, so I appreciate their pun for a holiday themed book.
William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher: I can’t believe this exists, but I love it.
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter: My favorite punny titles ever, though, are Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. I just love them all: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Out of Sight, Out of Time, and United We Spy.