Top Ten Tuesday: big-ass book titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. It’s all about books, lists and sharing the love we have of both with our bookish friends. This week, we’re considering books with really long titles.

Today is a chance to comb our shelves for the books whose names barely fit on the book cover. I don’t have too many of these (or so I thought) – but once I start delving into my non-fiction there’s a lot of “Snappy Title: specific and wordy clarification” going on. Enough, in fact, that I thought I’d do two for the price of one today: so here’s to the wordiness of fiction vs non-fiction book titles (based on the length of the title below, rather than counting words or characters).

Just based on being wordy, I was expecting The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet and A Big Ship At The Edge Of The Universe to do well today, but while the titles may have many words, they’re too compact to earn a place (ahem, except for me mentioning them here).

  1. A Declaration Of The Rights Of Magicians
  2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  3. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
  4. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
  5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  6. Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
  7. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
  8. Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women
  9. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making
  10. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

In the heavyweight non-fiction title class, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race and The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances can compete with my fictional top ten even if I take a strict line on ignoring subtitles… but why would I do that? This list isn’t strictly the ten longest (although Londoners does holds the crown); I’ve cut some tedious business books out in favour of more entertaining non-fictional beasts.

  1. Penguins Stopped Play: Eleven Cricketers Take on the World
  2. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
  3. Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of the Modern World
  4. Filthy English: The How, Why, When And What Of Everyday Swearing
  5. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  6. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
  7. Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything
  8. I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong: And Other Wise and Witty Comments from Guardian Readers
  9. A Survival Guide for Working with Humans: Dealing with Whiners, Back-stabbers, Know-it-alls and Other Difficult People
  10. Londoners: The Days and Nights of London as Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Long for It, Have Left It and Everything Inbetween

What is the longest book title on your shelf?