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The Call of the Title (Title Finds #2)

I wasn’t sure I’d have very many titles for this week’s Title Finds post, but then I came across a few more yesterday (when I should have been working on my deadline – I know, I know).

So here’s this week’s batch of titles that caught my eye. Strange, quirky or downright weird titles don’t necessarily make me reach for my i-want list, but they definitely do stick in my mind for a while.

Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip GlossLust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss, by Kyra Davis. I spotted this one at Malle Vallik’s Blog, and when I hopped over to Amazon to check it out, it turns out Kyra Davis has a knack for quirky titles. I haven’t read this series before, but mystery writer Sophie Katz is a “younger, hipper Angela Lansbury” – I’m almost tempted to add this series to my TBR pile.

Octopussy, Dry Kidney & Blue Spots - dirty themes from 18-19c japanese poems Octopussy, Dry Kidney & Blue Spots – Dirty Themes from 18-19c Japanese Poems , by Robin D. Gill. I caught sight of this one at I’m Lost In Books – Rebecca covers a really wide range of books and I’m always sure to find something eye-catching there. Anyway, this is a 500+ page opus on, well, octopussy, dry kidney and blue spots, or dirty themes in 18th and 19th century Japanese poems. Interesting title, don’t you think?

Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every DayLiving a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day, by Victoria Moran. This isn’t a quirky or strange title – but it definitely charmed me when I spotted it at Bookopolis, so I just had to include it in this week’s list. It’s the kind of book that I would most certainly pick up if I chanced on it while out shopping. Who wouldn’t love to live a charmed life? And I’m rather enamored with the magic of every day life to begin with. Lovely title, and a possible addition to my i-want list.

If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be OkayIf Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay, by Lara Zibners. You might have seen this one lately; there’s a giveaway at Bookfoolery and Babble if you’re interested. I have a rather frenzied memory of calling the Motherisk hotline one weekend morning back when my daughter was little, when I discovered her with a half-empty vial of a perfume sample in her hand and a suspiciously fragrant mouth. It turned out, luckily, to be nothing to be worried about, but I can definitely see the need for a book like If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still be Okay. Not to mention, it’s got a snazzy title.

Come On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You AllCome On Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, by Christina Thompson. I came across this quite intriguing title at A Reader’s Respite; the book, it turns out, isn’t quite as quirky as the title indicates. It’s a memoir of a marriage that cuts “across cultural, racial, and geographical boundaries”, and I might actually add this one to my i-want list one day.

Last Call at the 7-ElevenLast Call at the 7-Eleven: Fine Dining at 2 A.M., The Search for Spandex People, and Other Reasons to Go On Living, by Kevin Cowherd. Nat at Book, Line and Sinker has a lovely review of this book – it sounds like a hilarious read, worthy of its title, and I was intrigued enough to see if my library has a copy. Alas, no. But it’s another one of those titles that I’m likely to snap up if I ever do come across it in my shopping travels.

So that wraps up this week’s Title Finds. Have you come across any intriguing, quirky or just plain weird titles this week?

“The Title Made Me Do It!” (Title Finds #1)

Does this ever happen to you? You’re checking out different book and writing sites, and suddenly, a book title leaps out at you. You think to yourself, “that is hilarious!” or “what an interesting title!” (or possibly “WTF???”, depending on the title and whether your little ones are nearby), and while you might not want to add the title to your wish list, you’re definitely curious. And chances are, you remember the title, at least for a day or two.

This happens to me all the time, so I decided to start a collection of them. Here are some recent titles that jumped out at me:

Mummy Said the F-Word, by Fiona Gibson. It’s self-explanatory, I think, why this one drew my attention. I couldn’t find it at Amazon.com – it looks like it’s only available at Amazon.co.uk.  (Via review at Trashionista)

If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My PrinceIf I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?, by Melissa Kantor. I have this thing about Cinderella themes – I love them. I don’t know why, exactly, but you can be sure any suggestion of a modern-day Cinderella will have me scribbling down the title on my list of books to keep an eye out for. Not quite my wish list, but almost. (Via review at The Compulsive Reader)

The Marriage Bureau for Rich PeopleThe Marriage Bureau for Rich People, by Farahad Zama. I am actually adding this title to my wish list. Caribousmom, where I discovered this book, says, “this book has been described as ‘Alexander McCall Smith meets Jane Austen’ in a contemporary Indian marriage bureau.” She received this through a Shelf Awareness offer – I’m kicking myself for not catching that particular issue!

The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe. You just know from this title that this book is going to be very mysterious and maybe even a little magical. Fyrefly Books has a great review of this book (it’s where I discovered it), and I’m hovering on the brink of putting this one on my wish list.

In God We Trust: All Others Pay CashIn God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, by Jean Shepherd. What a fun title! I discovered this one at Framed and Booked, who found it reminded her of Bill Bryson’s memoir, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, which is currently in my TBR. It sounds absolutely hilarious, so this is another title that’s making it onto my wish list.

The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life , by Andy Raskin. Another memoir that makes it to my wish list, The Ramen King and I includes lots of stuff about Japanese food, which is more than enough to get it to the wish list in the first place. The title’s the icing on the cake. (Via Editorial Ass)

Spylets are ForeverSpylets are Forever, by Jill Marshall. Just to say, a title doesn’t have to be long to tickle my fancy. Spylets are Forever is the last book in the Jane Blonde series, and I’m happy to say this because I’ve never read any of the Jane Blonde books before, which means I have quite a load of fun awaiting me. I found this one via this review at Chicklish.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary LifeEncyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This title didn’t just grab me – it’s made it into my shopping cart at Chapters, as I’m getting ready for a two week holiday on the shores of Nova Scotia early in July. Carrie at Books and Movies, where I discovered this, describes it as “Part personal scrapbook, part journal, this alphabetically arranged memoir is quirky, funny, and sarcastic – and a great read”, and once I saw the sample pages at Amazon I was truly hooked.

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've LearnedNever Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned, by Alan Alda. I came across this from the same list of memoirs at Books and Movies, and it’s one I might end up putting on my wish list, especially since I seem to be on a memoir streak right now. I really do like funny long titles that a lot of memoirs seem to sport.

I'm Fine with God...It's Christians I Can't Stand: Getting Past the Religious Garbage in the Search for Spiritual TruthI’m Fine with God…It’s Christians I Can’t Stand: Getting Past the Religious Garbage in the Search for Spiritual Truth, by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. Now this is definitely a title that grabs attention, don’t you think? It sounds rather controversial, but Rebecca, who has written a really great review of the book at I’m Lost in Books, notes that it is written for Christians by Christians. It definitely sounds like an interesting read if you like books about religion or spirituality.

So these are my Title Finds for the week. Have you come across any titles that grabbed your attention this week? I’d love to hear about them!