12 August 2011

Book Blogger Hop: Crazy Titles

Book Blogger Hop
Two weeks running with the Book Blogger Hop, sponsored by Crazy For Books every Friday.  I don't always, or even usually, participate but this week's topic also merits a short & sweet answer:  highlight some crazy book titles. 

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  I loved this title from the get-go and once I read it, I loved it all the more.  Pure, epistolary goodness.  And the title actually makes sense after you've read the book.

2. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.  Pure-dee crazy.  I love this title, too, but I have not read it yet.  I'm not sure why, since it got good reviews.  

3.  Special Topics in Calamity Physics is also a great, albeit crazy, title.  I've had multiple coworkers recommend this one to me but I haven't read it yet.  I noticed while shelving yesterday, though, that we have a few remaindered (for which read: Bargain Book) copies of it on my store's shelf, so maybe its day will come soon. Modern Physics was my favorite class in high school and honestly the only one that challenged me and made me think in new ways.  What's not to love about a novel that capitalizes on that high school nostalgia?

4. The Elegance of the Hedgehog.  When I first heard of this book from Europa Editions, I thought maybe something in the title got lost in translation.   I mean, had they ever seen a hedgehog?  Cute, yes.  Elegant? Not so much.  So I was skeptical about the title when I started reading, and then I was skeptical about the book for the first 75 pages, and then by the time I got to the end I was completely gobsmacked.  Great book.  Crazy title.

What about y'all?  What books with crazy titles made it to your discussion this week? 


  1. I've actually read A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian after stumbling upon it at a rummage sale for 25 cents (and apparently brand new, total score). I enjoyed it, I hope you end up reading it and I'd be interested to hear your opinion.

  2. Those are all really interesting titles. I think when a title is longer, and contains some unexpected elements, it's definitely much more memorable. There are so many one word titles these days. You know a title is good when it sounds crazy at first, but once you're used to hearing it, it sounds pretty great.

  3. Special Topics has been recommended to me too. I kind of think the title is off-putting. It doesn't sound like something I'd actually like, but I probably shouldn't judge a book by its title.

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