Here are my top 10 catchiest book titles. Several of them are a play on words from other famous book titles!
- How To Lose Friends And Alienate People
This is a play on the well known book title: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The original book is a self-help classic and focuses on how to deal with people to best effect..
The How To Lose Friends And Alienate People book by Irving Tressler is a bare-faced satire on this bestseller. It is one of the few books that has ever been written to help people dissolve their relationships in favour of having a better life.
There is also a film by the same name, and a book tie in to the film, by a different author.
- The Man Who Mistook His Job For His Life
This is a play on the well known book title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, by Oliver Sacks.
Oliver Sacks is a renowned neurologist with several books to his name where he recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder.
The Man Who Mistook His Job For His Life by Naomi Shragai on the other hand, is a book about how to thrive at work by leaving your emotional baggage behind, where the author asserts that we unconsciously re-enact our personal past in our professional present – even when it holds us back.
- Death, Interrupted
This is a play on the well known book title: Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen.
The story of Girl, Interrupted was made famous when a film was made by the same title, starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and others. It tells of the time a girl spent a stint in a psychiatric hospital.
Death, Interrupted by Dr Blair Bigham, on the other hand, is a non-fiction book about how modern medicine is complicating the way we die, and discusses the widening grey zone between life and death.
- Jesus, Interrupted
Again, this is a play on the well known book title: Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen, as discussed earlier.
Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman is a different sort of book again. This book reveals how books in the Bible were actually forged by later authors, and that the New Testament is riddled with contradictory claims about Jesus. Information that scholars know, but the general public does not.
- The Happiness Of Pursuit
This is a play on the well known book title: The Pursuit Of Happiness, by Douglas Kennedy.
The Pursuit Of Happiness is critically acclaimed bestseller, and tells the story of a couple who get together in post-war America. It’s a tragic love story, featuring divided loyalties, decisive moral choices, and the random workings of destiny, as they discover finding love isn’t the same as finding happiness.
The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau on the other hand is a self-book about finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life.
- Sex, Bombs And Burgers
This time, not a play on words, but simply a dramatic, odd and engaging title. This book is about how war, porn and fast food created technology as we know it today.
- The Growth Delusion
This is a play on the well known book title: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a strong argument that belief in an all powerful God is simply a collective delusion.
The Growth Delusion by David Pilling, on the other hand, is about the wealth and well-being of nations, and that this steadfast loyalty to economic growth is informing misguided government policies.
- God’s Crime Scene
In God’s Crime Scene, by J. Warner Wallace, A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book will be reviewed on this blog later this year.
- Through The Language Glass
This is a play on the well known book title: Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to the well known classic tale, Alice In Wonderland, and is very much in the same vein as the first book in the series.
Through The Language Glass by Guy Deutscher on the other hand is a non-fiction title, which as the title suggests, looks into why the world looks different in other languages.
- Ancient Aliens In The Bible
As if the Bible couldn’t be strange enough to some, here’s a book that argues the Bible tells tales of Ancient Aliens, much like the well known documentary series.
If you would like to see any of the books mentioned here reviewed in this blog in the future, please let me know in the comments!