Never Flirt with Puppy Killers: And Other Better Book Titles by Dan Wilbur
My rating: 5/5 cats
when i discovered this tumblr a few years back: http://betterbooktitles.com/, i went nuts, cackling with nerdish laughter and i ended up using a couple of my favorites as the laziest of all book reviews on here – giving credit where credit was due, naturally. and like all the best (and many of the worst) things on the internet, now there’s a book version of it. a book, which, along with Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, is the perfect gift for your book-loving friends.
this book contains 91 examples from the site, which, since you can see them online for free, i don’t feel bad reposting here. but you should totally buy the book. buy two copies, and give one to someone who needs a laugh.
the selections cover contemporary titles:
some are warnings
some are just saying what we’re all thinking:
some of them make me want to read the book in order to understand the joke
but mostly, they’re just what they claim to be: better, more honest book titles:
there are some books with multiple “new” titles on the site, for example:
is the one published in the book, although this one, on the site only, is also great
and unlike the site, none of the titles featured here give away any spoilers
unless this is one. i haven’t read the book, so i don’t knowView Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler
and MAYBE these:View Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler View Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler
but there are some on the site that are way worse with their spoilery spoilers. like this one, which is a pretty major spoiler, so just do NOT, unless you have read the book.View Spoiler » « Hide Spoiler
and yes, that one is my favorite ever.
but i enjoy how these titles really get to the heart of the books with brevity
and stuff white people say
i hope some of these gave you chuckles, and if you yourself have any ideas for better book titles, he accepts submissions here: dwilbs [at] gmail [dot] com, so get thinking! and let me know if any of yours make it onto the site so i can link to them!
i’ll leave you with one more snort-giggle: