They say not to judge a book by its cover, but it's hard not to judge it based on the title, especially when it's one of the weirdest book titles of all time. They may be short and seemingly less important than what is written on the inside of a book, but a book's title its first impression, an authors work hard make sure their book has perfect one.
There are a lot of things that make a book title good, but the best ones are bold and powerful, witty and funny, or just plain beautifully crafted. Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar is short and simple, but it's imagery packs a powerful and unforgettable punch. The Sun Also Rises may not be words Hemingway himself created, but the Bible verse is a fitting and memorable book title to say the least. Book titles like these and other classics are beautiful and compelling, the kind we won't forget years after reading — but they're nothing compared to the weirdest book titles of all time.
From the unknown self help books with bizarre and hyper-specific titles to the purposefully strange and humorous ones, weird book titles might not always be elegantly crafted, but they sure are fun to read. From the inappropriate ones to the plain strange ones, weird book titles might make make you laugh, make you squirm, or make you scratch your head, but one thing is certain: these are 17 of the weirdest book titles ever, and they're ones you'll never forget.
1. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
From the master of strange book titles, including Wild Ducks Flying Backward and Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates , Tom Robbins's Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas beat all the rest. A title that inspires some pretty strange imagery, it's just as wonderfully weird as the story it named.
2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Detailed and intriguing, Oliver Sack's bizarrely titled nonfiction collection certainly draws you in a lot better than most academic books.
3. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore is know for his funny writing, and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove advertises his unique sense of humor perfectly.
4. How to Avoid Huge Ships by John W. Trimmer
Will the sequel be about avoiding smaller ships, then?
5. T he Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
A fantastically funny novel, Aimee Bender's title The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake makes you first scratch your head over it's strange proclamation, but then quickly realize that yes, lemon cake is particularly sad, and you wonder what to you so long to figure it out.
6. Everyone Poops by Tarō Gomi
This title puts it all out there.
7. Don't Pee on my Leg and Tell Me It's Raining by Judy Cheindiin and Josh Getlin
Would you expect anything less epic and unforgettable from the honorable Judge Judy?
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Book titles often pose questions, but Philip K. Dick's query is one not many of us had given much thought to — until now.
9. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost
Two things you probably never wanted to think about together, eating people and sex, collide to create this bizarre and intriguing title from Maarten Troost.
10. Games You Can Play With Your Pussy: And Lots of Other Stuff Cat Owners Should Know by Ira Alterman
Book titles can be weirdly misleading, but nothing can even compare to Ira Alterman's naughty Games You Can Play With Your Pussy , a dirty book that cat lovers will truly appreciate.
11. God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman
There are a lot of euphemisms for a man's penis, but God's doodle? That's a new one.
12. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
From a series featuring wacky titles like Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas and On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a SexGod, Louise Rennison's hilarious Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is as strange as it is unforgettable, much like the book's protagonist herself.
13. Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop: And Other Practical Advice In Our Campaign Against The Fairy Kingdom by Reginald Bakeley
... because, you know, Goblins are definitely a thing, right?
14. There's A Wocket In My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is responsible for some pretty crazy words and phrases in kid's books, but nothing compares to the bizarre world of There's a Wocket in My Pocket , whose title is only the tip of the weird iceberg.
15. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams's fourth installment in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series is certainly unique, but it's strange statement leaves readers wondering, what fish, and why was there so much of it? So many questions!
16. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir by Nick Flynn
Well, that's putting it bluntly.
17. Living with Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cooke
It's as if this book title is speaking directly to me...and my butt.
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