Odd Book Titles

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title was begun by Bruce Robertson as a way to avoid boredom at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Actual titles of actual books are submitted by publishers, booksellers and librarians from around the world. Voting is held online at Bookseller.com.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

The Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year: Winners 1978-2007

1978: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice
1979: The Madam as Entrepreneur: Career Management in House Prostitution
1980: The Joy of Chickens
1981: Last Chance at Love: Terminal Romances
1982: Population and Other Problems
1983: The Theory of Lengthwise Rolling
1984: The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today
1985: Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts
1986: Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
1987: No Award
1988: Versailles: The View From Sweden
1989: How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art
1990: Lesbian Sadomasochism Safety Manual
1991: No Award
1992: How to Avoid Huge Ships
1993: American Bottom Archaeology
1994: Highlights in the History of Concrete
1995: Reusing Old Graves
1996: Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers
1997: The Joy of Sex: Pocket Edition
1998: Development in Dairy Cow Breeding and Management: and New Opportunities to Widen the Uses of Straw
1999: Weeds in a Changing World
2000: High Performance Stiffened Structures
2001: Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service
2002: Living With Crazy Buttocks
2003: The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories
2004: Bombproof Your Horse
2005: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It
2006: The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification
2007: If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs

Which is your favorite?

0 thoughts on “Odd Book Titles

  1. Vicki (the newsletter one)

    *LOL* GREAT list … my personal favorite is the last one (and somehow I think I’ve actually said that to a friend in a never-ending BAD relationship). But I do have to wonder why there are so many of these book titles with the word HORSE in them. Is it that horse books have inherently icky titles or that those who make the list have a thing for horse books? Inquiring minds want to know! Hmmmmm?

  2. Jessie

    My favorite is ‘People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead.’ Especially pertinent today since I walked through a really old graveyard on the way to school!

  3. beckycc

    Hey, Vicki … did you see part deux? The titles that just barely missed out on the prize?


    You’ll see two, maybe three, squid titles there. But not any horse titles. Just proves the old adage, ‘Always a bridesquid, never a horse.’ Or something.

    Some of these beg so many questions …. Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts?! … How to Avoid Huge Ships?! … Living With Crazy Buttocks?!

    Wait. I think she was my roommate for awhile.


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