This week’s That Artsy Reader Girl topic is one of those ones that sound fun and easy, but then you actually get down to writing the post, and it’s surprisingly difficult! I mostly just wanted to list Fall Out Boy songs, but that would be long titles and not always necessarily funny–plus, you know, not books–so here we are with a list that took me way longer than it should have to put together!
Also, while I have you here, don’t forget to check out my guest post for Pages Unbound’s annual Tolkien Event–Why You Should Read the Silmarillion!
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a title that never gets old, even if we all just collectively call it Love, Simon, whether or not we’re talking about the book or the movie. And the actual meaning of the title isn’t funny by a long shot, but it’s definitely got that Fall Out Boy feel that has me wanting to laugh every time I see it.
Surprisingly, the stories inside Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite are sometimes as funny as the title. Honestly, even the cover is funny, and I will never not love the most stupid of vampire puns. Give me revamping at all times, and tales with fresh bite? Yes and please.
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry is definitely one of my favorites on this list, and I’ll never forget the day that I was sitting in the kitchen in one of my previous jobs, reading this during lunch, and this sweet old lady asked what I was reading. I kind of just sighed at my book before showing her the cover and said, “It’s like when people see Jesus in toast.” She left in a hurry.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill is not actually a funny title unless you know me in real life because I 100% went around calling this book N-O-S-4-A-2, reading the letters & numbers off individually. I got so good at it that I just rattled it right off. “I only have one Joe Hill book left, en-oh-es-four-ay-two.” It wasn’t even that I was saying it fast one time and heard what it actually was. It wasn’t until I was actively reading the book and someone said Nosferatu in the book, and I just–I’m such an idiot.
I forget that When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn exists all the time, and I can’t totally remember what happens in it other than it was an utter delight, and it’s very fitting paired with the next book. It’s probably more goofy than the cover & title somehow makes you believe, which should be impossible considering that tag line–High school is hard. Exorcising demons is harder.–just about did me in the first time I saw this, but yeah, this book is funny from start to finish.
I don’t really know if you’d call B*WITCH by Paige McKenzie & Nancy Ohlin funny, but it reminds me of the fact that I call my book sister witches, and it’s just psycho, and this book has pretty similar vibes, so it ends up being funny. Especially because they’re staring it out like it’s a swear, and it makes me think of tourists fawning all over the Bewitched statue in Salem, and pretty much every time I think of this book, I have a little giggle.
I feel like I keep saying the same thing, but A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey is less funny, more adorable, but it also reminds me of the stupid long Fall Out Boy titles, so the second I saw the length of the title, I laughed and added it to my TBR even before I really knew what it was about. I do think it’s a funny title, too, and very fitting for its insides!
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez is both punny and so sweet because the birds inside the book just make me cackle and sigh over how adorable the girls coming together in this are. Gosh, I just love this book so much, and I hope every middle schooler ever stumbles across it and its weird, funny, long title.
Everything about Diamond & Dawn by Lyra Selene is funny. If you go into this expecting a serious, thought-provoking fantasy, you’re going to be sorely disappointed and probably not have all that good of a time, but if you go into it wanting to just get lost for a couple hours and not have to think all that much beyond the insane amount of tropes, you’re probably going to have a great time! And the title is funny because I think, if you played a drinking game with how many times those individual words show up, both on their own and as descriptors, you’d probably be flat out by 25% in.
Much like B*WITCH, For Better or Cursed by Kate Williams is funny more because of what it is rather than what it says. I mean, yeah, the title is punny and makes me giggle every time I see it, but it’s the inside that gets me with this duology. It’s just absolute nonsense, and I wish there were going to be endless books in this world.