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“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!

My Books Wishlist for the Holidays

It’s finally happened. I always have my nose in a book, but for some reason, friends and family tend to buy me book store gift certificates and book-related accessories – and never books.

Not that I minded either the gift certificates, or the book-related accessories. For example, one year I got this great portable book light from Lee Valley (well, not quite the same one, but very similar). I love it because it’s one of the few mini book lights I’ve seen that isn’t battery operated – a real blessing because unless I used rechargeables and recharged regularly, I felt like I was always replacing the batteries.

But this year, things are a little bit different. It might be because of this blog – now not only am I reading like normal, I’m always saying things like, “Oh, I’ve got to go write up this review for my book blog.”

Could it be, everyone is actually starting to take my reading more seriously? Hah!

This morning, my older son asked me to put together a books wish list. He and his sister are going to head over to our local Chapters store to buy my presents.

And I’m going to have a great evening, looking through my i-want list, and browsing through my feedreader, looking for all the books that I want that aren’t available at the library.

It’s going to be a nice Christmas around here!