Sunday, January 3, 2016

10 Titles that Win

I remarked recently that How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had it Coming is the best title I've encountered in eight years of reading and blogging.   What kind of company does it keep? Drawing from the last five years, these were the titles that popped out most:

  1. How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming, Mike Brown
  2. Death from the Skies!, Phil Plait
  3. Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein
  4. They Eat Puppies, Don't They? Christopher Buckley
  5. The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head, Gary Small
  6. Hey, Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?, John Siegal Boettner
  7. Gang Leader for a Day, Sudhir Venkatesh
  8. Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
  9. The Tyrannosaurus Prescription, Isaac Asimov
  10. The Demon-Haunted World, Carl Sagan
I decided to create a Goodreads list for people to share the most memorable titles they've discovered -- do contribute if something sticks out!

Honorable Mentions:
Jennifer Government, Max Barry
Our Inner Ape, Frans de Waal
Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons, Kurt Vonnegut.
The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance, Russ Roberts
Folks, This Ain't Normal, Joel Salatin
Give Me Back my Legions! Harry Turtledove


  1. I think the best one I've seen on your blog is "You Back the Attack, We'll Bomb Who We Want!". That's going purely by memory!

  2. Yes, I have that book in one of my TBR piles!

  3. Fascinating! You've added to my TBR wish-list in many different ways. Thanks!

  4. I went through my Blog archives to see if I had that many eye-catching titles. I'll post the results next Monday..... [grin] Definitely a fun idea. I'll also see if I can slant some future reads in that direction too.... [lol]

  5. My pleasure, Tim!

    @Cyberkitten: I'll look forward to your list of eye-grabbers!

  6. It was a surprisingly long list - but I did go back over the whole 10 years of the Blog. I'm sure that there will be more in future too. BTW - I posted my Review of 2015 yesterday if you haven't already seen it.


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