Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blogging Challenge: Humorous Book Titles

Right, so, the usual bit of context: Weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. (If you're just joining up, swing by their homepage and add your response to the current post each Wednesday.)

This week's prompt is "humorous book titles" and... well..

Ye gods, y'all.

Okay, so: this is an ongoing game in my house. We have a standing contest to come up with the worst book title ever: the one that nobody would ever, ever buy. And it was inspired by my wife reading this article (go ahead and skim it, I'll wait) so frequently we do them in series:
  1. The Dark Maw Of Puberty
  2. Return to the Dark Maw of Puberty
  3. Tae Kwon Do in The Dark Maw of Puberty
It's kind of like the "That would make a great band name!" game, except also kind of horrible.

That first example is actually my wife's. I've come up with some good ones, but because the game is so situational I honestly can't remember any of them off the top of my head. And sometimes they only work if you add a subtitle, e.g. Poosplosion -- an erotic thriller (or possibly a neurotic thriller instead) or I Stupidly Left My Umbrella At Work: A Memoir.

I believe Firstborn (age thirteen) is currently leading the game with his hypothetical upcoming first novel, It Came With A Fury -- And Half Off Your Next Purchase.

But yeah, I'm really looking forward to seeing what everybody does with this prompt. List real books? Make up their own? It's funny because it's bad? It's legitimately funny?

It's going to be fun.


  1. Too funny! I listed real books. I never would have thought to make up titles, but I love this game.

    My post.

  2. This is amazing. Not just family bonding time, but encouraging creativity and humor in your kid.

    1. To be honest, he doesn't need much encouraging - he's pretty well there already. But thank you!

    2. That's a wonderful thing, honestly!

  3. I like these titles. Inventive. :-) Good game, too. Might have to use something similar.

  4. So, the boys were discussing Greek mythology and in particular Heracles, and Neck Deep In Dung: A Novel has now joined the list.

  5. I listed real books, but I love your titles.


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