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Do You Have A Favorite Book Title?

Hi all, I was on Twitter today and saw a tweet by an author I love, John Corey Whaley. His upcoming book Noggin officially has my vote for best title ever. I don’t even know why. Noggin. I say it and I laugh. I see it and I laugh. It makes me feel good to know that there is a book out there called…Noggin.

Anyone else have a nomination for a best title? I know it’s a daunting prospect, but bite down and believe.

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  • Michael LaRocca January 21, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Cunt Norton is getting a lot of ink, but I think I’m going to go with Rude Bitches Make Me Tired.

    • Michael LaRocca January 21, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Actually, you know what’s a pretty good title? The World’s Strongest Librarian. Seriously. I’ve recommended it to several local librarians who belong to the local hiking club. They’re going to read it, too. Even though, well, they should be recommending it to me, not me to them. 🙂

      • Frances Ruth Harris January 22, 2014, 5:21 am

        We give our gifts to each other, so you will be receiving from them soon. 🙂

  • David C January 21, 2014, 3:56 pm

    I go with ‘the cannibals of candyland’ from Carlton Mellick III
    Or the good old classic ‘something wicked this way comes’ from Bradbury

  • Gustavo Silva January 22, 2014, 6:17 am

    I have to go with a classic here: At the Mountains of Madness

    It gives me the chills just reading it.

  • Maaike January 22, 2014, 8:48 am

    Not to be low brow or anything, but I Could Pee On This always makes me laugh. (Francesco Marciuliano)

  • Jade Walker January 22, 2014, 8:56 am

    I have a passion for odd books, particularly when they include a fun title. My latest favorite: “Sock Monkey Kama Sutra: Tantric Sex Positions for Your Naughty Little Monkey” by Vatsyayana Banana

  • Jack M January 22, 2014, 9:22 am

    Let the Dog Drive

  • Holly January 22, 2014, 10:46 am

    Extremely loud and incredibly close. It’s not funny, but have always *loved* the title.

  • Clair Wilson January 22, 2014, 2:00 pm

    Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.

  • Jane in CT January 22, 2014, 5:47 pm

    For some reason I think “What is the What” (by Dave Eggars) is just such a great title!

    p.s. I just finished reading this wonderful book called “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” picked it for the title actually, and found my way here!

    • Holly Williams January 23, 2014, 4:06 pm

      Jane, I just finished What is the What! A disturbing but important book about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. If you ever get the chance, it’s a good one to read. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

      • Jane in CT January 23, 2014, 5:10 pm

        I saw it in my daughter’s room and I will definitely pick it up now, although will prepare myself for something not very light-hearted. Thanks Holly!

      • Josh Hanagarne January 25, 2014, 9:54 am

        I love that book. Read it a few years ago. I think I picked it up just because the orange cover caught my eye!

  • Daisy January 22, 2014, 6:51 pm

    I have a CD called Nog. Christmas, acappella, simply awesome.

  • Karmen Setty January 22, 2014, 6:52 pm

    Josh, I just finished your book… It is being passed around here in Spring Creek and we like it. I loved and laughed at your reference to the band you had as I lived across the fairway from your house and many an afternoon I nearly went crazy from the noise. I always called Sandy Canady and tell her, “They’re at it again.” I couldn’t believe she couldn’t hear it at their house. It was so good to hear how well you are doing and I hope you are keeping Misty under control.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 22, 2014, 8:30 pm

      LOL! So great, thank you for telling me. We were so terrible. My poor parents, they were such good sports. They listened to my band, my brother’s bands, and me learning to play the bagpipes. Bless their hearts.

  • Carmen Papaleo January 22, 2014, 11:18 pm

    Just finished the book not too long ago Josh and it really moved me. Im a powerlifter, and an English teacher, and your passion for lifting and the world of books validated so many things i knew to be true. I’m passing it around in all my circles, the teachers and staff at the school love it, the powerlifters raise an eyebrow but agree to look at it(though they aren’t the most literate bunch).
    Favorite book title of all time: Go the F**k To Sleep, by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 23, 2014, 12:17 pm

      Ha! Thank you. So happy to hear it. Tell those powerlifters that Dan John is also a fan, although he’s really “just a thrower.”

    • Michael LaRocca January 23, 2014, 12:18 pm

      We have a winner!

  • Jim Janney January 24, 2014, 10:51 pm

    If short stories are allowed, “I See a Man Sitting on a Chair, and the Chair is Biting His Leg” has always been a favorite.

  • Tom Southern January 25, 2014, 5:37 am

    We’re All Weird by Seth Godin and Carmen Papaleo’s choice: Go The F*** To Sleep (brilliant!). I hope it sells tons.

  • Mariah Burton Nelson January 25, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Title: The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football.

    Ok, I wrote it, so I’m biased, but it’s won lots of informal “best title” awards.

    Back to you: LOVED your book. Thank you, Josh! Raved on Goodreads, and just mentioned you in my blog today, here: http://beyondworkouts.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/i-dont-want-to-become-a-stiff-sore-old-person/

    • Josh Hanagarne January 25, 2014, 2:58 pm

      Thanks Mariah! I appreciate that. And congrats on the book.

  • Melody Tolson January 25, 2014, 4:45 pm

    My favourite title is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 27, 2014, 3:39 pm

      That’s a good one. I like the title a lot more than the book.

  • Michael LaRocca January 27, 2014, 4:02 pm

    I just picked up a copy of Social Media Is Bullshit but I haven’t starting reading it yet. I also have a copy of Your Marketing Sucks waiting for me. I see a pattern here…

  • Jann January 28, 2014, 8:25 am

    How about I Have Iraq in My Shoe? Just makes you want to read it, right?

  • Talea February 1, 2014, 10:54 am

    I haven’t read it but Amish Vampires in Space is a pretty…amazing…title.

    As a side note, I heard your interview on Mormon Stories and I just wanted to say–as a fellow librarian and someone who’s lived with a disability, I could really relate to your story. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Linda Anderson February 4, 2014, 10:05 am

    I guess this is another category, Mangled Titles, but when I was a librarian, a lady asked me for “Cinnamon Buns.” Turned out she wanted “Cimmaron Rose” by James Lee Burke. Thanks for writing your book. It was enlightening to me- and fun!

  • Suzie Tee February 19, 2014, 1:03 pm

    I too just found my way here after finishing ‘The World’s Strongest Librarian’, which I enjoyed immensely. I have always been partial to Tom Robbins’ titles. I think my favorite title is ‘Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates’ followed by ‘Jitterbug Perfume’. And I completely agree that ‘A Hearbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ is a better title than book..but Eggers’ ‘What is the What’ was fascinating, especially on audiobook.