Judging a book by its title

June 13, 2008

I did it. Today, for the first time, I bought a book based solely on its title. In my defense, was it a doozie: A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket. I had to pick it up. I didn’t even make it through the back cover copy…something about a mortuary cosmetologist stumbling into a mystery. Good enough for me. 

Basically, I’m convinced any author that comes up with a title that makes me snarf out loud is going to give me a book I enjoy reading. Naive, perhaps. But, hey, some of my best book buys have been on a whim. It’s how I found MaryJanice Davidson. Undead and Unwed, anyone? Another fantastic title. Or The Naked Duke by Sally MacKenzie – had to see that one. It didn’t disappoint, either. In fact, that one has a permanent spot on my keeper shelf.

So what about everyone else? What books have you grabbed because of a good title?

And while The Accidental Demon Slayer has no tiskets, taskets or fancy stolen caskets, I think it’s a darned good read. This week’s advanced reading copy winner is Judi. And no, I don’t have a last name, but it’s the Judi whose email then starts with “sid…”. I don’t want to post your whole email here, but I’ll be dropping you a personal note. In the mean time – congrats Judi!

Remember, you can win your very own brand spanking new ARC of The Accidental Demon Slayer by signing up for my quarterly newsletter. It’s quick, it’s easy and it comes with some good reading.

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6 Responses to “Judging a book by its title”

  1. Brandy Says:

    I’ve read A Tisket, A Tasket a Fancy Stolen Casket. It’s a good read. Maddy Hunter has some of the funniest titles I’ve come across: Alpine For You, Top O’ the Mournin’, etc. And Michele Bardsley’s books have fun titles as well. *G*

    And Congratulations Judi!

  2. Chessie Says:

    Dang, I’m so bad at titles. That one is a great title though.

  3. natalie Says:

    I’ve never heard of these titles, but over here in Australia they change names on us all the time. I was reading Cricket McRaes book Lye in Wait, about a soap manufacturer. Her books are the Homespun series, quite good actually, I think they’re published by BookEnds. “Lye in Wait, Heaven Preserve Us, and Homespun Murder!”

  4. sidhevicious Says:

    Thanks Brandy, and a huge Woo Hoo!! I’m so happy that I won! 🙂 I can’t wait to read your book Angie. (goes off to do a little snoopy dance)

  5. danette Says:

    I’ve picked up a few good books by the cover and title.
    MJD’s Betsy is one of them. Another good series I found from the title are from Gerry Bartlett, the first is Real Vampires Have Curves( my first reaction was,”Yay! Finally a vamp I can relate to”)
    Another is Stephanie Rowe’s Immortal Bad Boys series , the first book is Date Me Baby,One More Time( It made me think of a bad song,but thought the book would be hilarious and it is 😀 )

    Congrats Judi!

    Hugs, Danette

  6. Angie Fox Says:

    Oh yeah, I love Stephanie Rowe’s books. I about fell over when she wanted to blurb Demon Slayer. And MJD is also one of my favorites. I haven’t read Gerry Bartlett yet. But she’s funny? I’ll have to pick up that series.


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