TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Misleading book titles

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually funny book titles, but after wracking my brains for hours I still couldn’t think of any. Instead, I’ve decided to shine a spotlight on ten books that have misleading book titles. These are the kind of titles that – if they were literal – would make the stories within far different!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

In the literal version of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Pip Fitz-Amobi is a good girl with a dark secret – she’s actually a serial killer, and has been regularly bumping off people who wrong her. In this non-fiction confessional, Pip shares the deepest secrets, tips and tricks she’s learnt on the road to becoming the murderer with the biggest body count of all time!

Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens

A recipe book stuffed full of delicious treats to cook when you’re hosting your worst enemies! Definitely not a family friendly cookbook, and probably not one you want to display too prominently on your shelves…

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Instead of chronicling the life and adventures of a blogger rising to fame, a literal Girl Online focuses on one girl scrolling through social media, getting bored and talking to her friends, watching some cat videos and then scrolling on social media again. A very relatable story for the lockdown generation.

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Rather than a story following three generations of beekeepers, The History of Bees would be much less gripping if it did what it said on the tin and just told you the true story of the history of the bee species. To be honest, I think I’d still enjoy reading it: I don’t know much about the way that bees have evolved through the centuries.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Instead of exploring the galaxy with Ford Prefect as he researches and writes the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the literal version would publish his research instead! Flip through the pages and discover the multiple wild and wacky worlds across our galaxy that you’ve never heard of, and find some new must-visit destinations to save towards in the future.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

Non-fiction cleaning releases seem to be selling brilliantly at the moment. If How the One-Armed Sister Sweep Her House was literally a cleaning manifesto focusing on a disabled woman and her genius cleaning solutions, it would be a huge hit.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Narrated by a travel blogger who is too stubborn to use a map, Looking For Alaska becomes a sprawling exploration of Canada, from a writer busy searching for an elusive American state. There’s even potential for a sequel called Looking For Hawaii.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A literal version of Nevernight would have to follow a group akin to stormchasers, who chase daylight across the globe, determined to never see the sun set. Kind of like reverse vampires… Empire of the (Anti-)Vampire?

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Have you ever wondered what other people’s houses smell like? Well, wonder no longer! Expert sniffers have been deployed across the world, tasked with a simple challenge: to enter a wide range of people’s houses, and describe the scents they discover within.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

If this title was literal, it definitely wouldn’t be a YA thriller. Two people can keep a secret… and they successfully do! No drama whatsoever.

I hope you enjoyed my twist on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic! Are there any books that you can think of which would be vastly different if their titles were literal?

Thank you for reading,