15 Punniest Book Titles That’ll Give You a Good Laugh
If you're looking for a bit of comedic relief, here are a few titles that may make you laugh out loud.
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Every book lover knows that books are more than their titles. However, a punny title can still make you laugh. If you’re looking for a bit of comedic relief, here are a few punny titles that may make you laugh out loud. From murder mysteries to works of nonfiction, read on for some of the punniest book titles you’ve ever seen. If you’re looking for more clever books, check out these 25 funniest books of all time.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
The New York Times bestseller The Eyre Affair, written by British novelist Jasper Fforde, follows the story of Thursday Next, a literary detective who tries to figure out who kidnapped literary characters from stories, set in a parallel 1980s England where everyone is obsessed with literature. Someone has—literally—taken Jane Eyre from Charlotte Brontë’s novel of the same name and it’s up to Thursday to figure out who kidnapped Eyre and how to restore balance to the literary world. If you’re looking for a bit of fantasy in real life, here are 9 literary landmarks every reader should visit
Here’s Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos
This punny title by British writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos is about his adventures around the world about mathematical achievement. Bellos says “math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race, and arguably the foundation of all human progress. The world of mathematics is a remarkable place.” The title is a play on words of the quote “Here’s looking at you, kid” from Casablanca, one of the 50 best romantic movies of all time.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
A play on the classic story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, this play-on-words version focuses on how to make a great drink with a literary twist. Written by Tim Federle and illustrated by Lauren Mortimer, the literary wordplay involved in this cocktail book for booklover’s include A Rum of One’s Own, The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose, and The Last of the Mojitos.
The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack
A list about punny book titles can’t be complete unless it has a punny book title about puns, right? The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by former World Pun Champion John Pollack talks about the history of puns and why they’re important in a thoughtful and entertaining manner.
Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
Writer Donovan Hohn heard the story of how thousands of bath toys wound up at sea, he knew he had to investigate. Hohn thought he’d have to talk to a couple of oceanographers to get the scoop, but the story unraveled and he found himself learning about Arctic researchers, shipping conglomerates, and Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them is worthy of the lengthy sea voyage of the title’s namesake: Moby Dick. If you’re looking for more classics to read, these are the 100 classic books everyone should read in their lifetime.
It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch
It’s Getting Scot in Here is a Scottish historical romance by Suzanne Enoch about a love story between a London socialite and a rugged Highlander. Featuring a love triangle amidst the backdrop of the Scottish highlands, this punny title may lead to a romantic page-turner. In the meantime, here are 17 jaw-dropping photos of Scotland to pore over.
Dachshund Through the Snow by David Rosenfelt
Author David Rosenfelt wrote Dachshund Through the Snow, a mystery story about lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever. After learning about a murder mystery involving a child with a Christmas wish and a missing father, Carpenter decides to help out and bring a family back together in time for Christmas. The title is very punny and the reviews are heartfelt. Owners aren’t always the ones who have secret lives.
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, also by author David Rosenfelt, brings back defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and another murder mystery. When a complaint about rescuing puppies leads to murder, Carpenter needs to dig deep in order to unravel the mystery and find out the truth.
Night Mare by Piers Anthony
As the sixth book in Piers Anthony’s high fantasy Xanth series, Night Mare is about Mare Imbrium, a “Night Mare” who delivers bad dreams. The title is a play on the words “nightmare” and the adult female horse. Though, delivering bad dreams could be someone’s version of an actual nightmare. If you’re looking for more fantasy books, here are 14 of the best fantasy books readers can’t put down.
Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald
Ocean scientist and science writer Juli Berwald has always been drawn to oceans and specifically to jellyfish. After she left her career of being an ocean scientist behind to raise a family in Austin, the ocean called out to her and she decided to embark on a journey to study jellyfish that took her around the world. In studying these spineless creatures, she found her courage buried deep within. Interested in learning more about jellyfish? Here are 13 weirdly fascinating facts about jellyfish.
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
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Bestselling author Julie Kenner wrote Carpe Demon, a (sub) urban fantasy novel about mother and retired demon hunter Kate Connor, who sees a demon at her local Wal-Mart and now has to balance her domestic life with her past life as a demon hunter. Seize the day, anyone? Here are 25 more life-changing quotes you won’t soon forget.
Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn
In a series the Los Angeles Times calls “nothing short of masterful,” bestselling author Spencer Quinn writes about the mysteries Chet the dog and his human PI Bernie Little find themselves wrapped up in, including small-town secrets and no one to turn to each other.
Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn
Of Mutts and Men by bestselling author Spencer Quinn follows Heart of Barkness and follows Chet the dog and his human PI Bernie Little as they figure out the truth behind the death of hydrologist Wendell Nero. Can this duo solve this mystery? For more reality reads, here are 19 of the strangest unsolved mysteries of all time.
The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews
In The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology, and a Sustainable Society, veterinarian, epidemiologist, and author David Waltner-Toews shows the reader why it’s important to understand animal and human waste and how it relates to various aspects of modern society including biodiversity, public health, agriculture, and global ecosystems. For more science fun, here are 25 science facts you never learned in school.
No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk by Tamar Myers
Author Tamar Myers wrote the mystery No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk, a story about Amish-Mennonite inn owner Magdalena Yoder who attends the funeral of her lactose-intolerant second cousin and discovers that there may be a murder mystery. Next, check out 19 of the strangest unsolved mysteries of all time.