Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! This week, we're looking at books with interesting titles. At first I could only think of a couple and despaired at coming up with ten, but as I looked over my list of books I've read, it turns out there are a lot of titles that seem, well...kind of weird.



Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?: This is also known as the book that inspired Blade Runner, which is a cool movie but a very different (and very good!) experience as a book.

A Clockwork Orange: Also the inspiration for a famous movie, which is a more-but-not-entirely faithful adaptation of the book. This book has its own invented slang, which is a fun challenge to try to figure out as you read along, and is generally a very interesting read.

Me Talk Pretty One Day: The title of this book is also the title of one of the funniest essays inside it, in which David Sedaris recounts his very frustrating attempts to learn French.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: The first collection of Oliver Sacks case studies I ever read, including the one that gave the book its name...Sacks has a real gift for neurological case studies and this volume is fascinating and highly recommended.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: Honestly, this book of myths told like a modern teenager might re-tell them gets old pretty fast, but the title is delightful and accurate!

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: This book of Chuck Klosterman's insightful, funny writing about pop culture was a recommendation from a college roommate and is still on my shelves to this day.

My Booky Wook: Russell Brand's memoir is hysterically funny. Miss the second one, though, it wasn't anything special.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: I loved this whole series about a British teenage girl, and all of them have amazing titles, this is just the first one.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test: This was also a recommendation, from the same college roommate who recommended the Klosterman, but this was much less successful. It's quite a title, but it's mostly about hippies doing a ton of drugs and I HATED it.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: It's false advertising (for my money, anyways...I did not enjoy reading it at all), but it's a killer title.

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  1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is such a classic, and just as great of a reread, as well! And wow, I haven't thought of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging since middle school. :) Great list!

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    1. I loooooooved the whole Georgia Nicholson series! And I agree about the Sacks, his books are just wonderful and hold up over time!

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  2. Love all these titles!! Great choices!!! I think my favorite would have to be: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Sounds very.....interesting HAHA!! Great post!!

    My TTT:Unique Book Titles

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    1. It's really entertaining pop culture essays...since I read it, Klosterman has become an author whose work I look for!

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  3. Great choices! I totally forgot about The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Great book.

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    1. I loved it so much I credit it for turning me into a psych major when I read it in college!

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  4. These are great! (I didn’t like A Heartbreaking Work either. It has an awesome title, though!)

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. With a title like that, you need a wowza of a book to back it up, and...not so much!

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  5. Haha - I hated Kool-Aid Acid Test too! And that is such a tongue twister of a title!

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    1. UGH it was the worst. I actively hated every minute of reading it. I found reading about people taking drugs so off-putting that I vowed to never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, no matter how many times it shows up on a "best book from your state" list

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