Friday, 27 February 2015

Time for Voting for the Oddest Book Title of the Year again...

I'm slowly recovering from the nasty bug, and my brain is no longer stuffed like a thick duvet!

My characters have been quiet - plotting their next moves I suspect.

It's also given me time to catch up on some reading, and looking into various things I need to get on with this month.

Yes, I know I was meant to be resting, but I could sit still at my desk and catch up - it's only moving around or standing up for more than a few minutes that gets me!

So to this year's oddest titles (Diagram Prize)- there's some obvious contenders to win this year.

1. Advanced Pavement Research:... (and more about concrete, design and construction. I'm a bit concerned why pavements need rehabilitation.) It's a Souvenir guide to a two-day pavement symposium.

2. Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love Them.

3. The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.

4. Nature's Nether Regions.

5. Strangers Have the Best Candy.

6. The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home.

7. Where Do Camels Belong.

The titles in the last few years haven't had as much variety as those in earlier years of the prize, so it's good to have more choice this time.

I'm trying to decide between voting for no. 2 or no. 3.

You can read more over on the Bookseller website, and see the covers - they look quite good together.

But if you want to vote- and remember your vote can decide the winner- you need to pop over to the We Love This Book website to do so. Just click on the vote box to go to the form.

Voting ends one minute into 21st March 2015, and the winner is announced on 27th March.

The winning title doesn't receive a prize, but the publicity that inclusion in the competition brings the book, probably increases sales that otherwise might not have happened.

I couldn't resist opting for 'The Madwoman in the Volvo'. That title just appealed to me, with the image it suggested. :D


Patsy said...

Maybe it's just me, but those titles don't all sound odd. 1 for instance sounds perfectly sensible given the subject matter and 3 might be if it's a biography of a Volvo owner.

Nicola said...

Glad you are feeling better, Carol. I think Nature's Nether Regions is deliciously funny. Have a lovely week.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Where do they find them! Hope you're a little better each day, Carol.

Carolb said...

I suppose it's how you look at book titles, Patsy.

The concrete one is understandable, but I suspect it's the detail that the rest of the title went into (that I paraphrased) that made it odd. :)

Carolb said...

Thanks, Nicola.

That Nether Regions book is a definite contender for the title. :D

Carolb said...

Thanks, Rosemary, it's a slow recovery.

People nominate the books and then a shortlist is decided for judging. Amazing what non-fiction can get away with. :-)

Maxi said...

I'm thinking the 'Divorcing A Witch' one. Many divorces are nasty at the best of time - I pity anyone who feels the need to purchase said book!

Carolb said...

Now I hadn't considered that aspect, Maxi, but now you mention it... :D