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August 14, 2010 7:49 AM   Subscribe

Of Course I've Read This, Way Easier to Watch Than Read, This Is The First Book I've Read In Six Years and more delightful Better Book Titles.
posted by griphus (23 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome site! Thanks.
posted by reenum at 7:54 AM on August 14, 2010


I hate hate hate the way it looks though. I have to go down a page past the "title" image and description on EVERY page I go through to see the new title? Really?
posted by RustyBrooks at 8:04 AM on August 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is great.

The Stieg Larsson one cracked me up. I swear I see more people reading that series on the subway than I see listening to iPods.
posted by danb at 8:05 AM on August 14, 2010


That Blankets one is good, and way less mean than any substitute title I woulda made up.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:09 AM on August 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


People sure are conflicted about reading. Schools' fault, I suspect. Graduates have no love of reading, only guilt. This is what comes of assigned literature. Novels shouldn't be part of school curriculum. Should be outside curriculum. Outlaw culture. Novels are rock 'n' roll, not discipline. That's why this site resonates, makes people laugh with guilty relief. School makes people hate books. Make novels seem work. Hate books like hating sex. Fools.
posted by Faze at 8:11 AM on August 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


Good, but not as good as "Infinite Heft"
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:12 AM on August 14, 2010


So uh, these aren't so much titles as they are one sentence reviews.
posted by empath at 8:16 AM on August 14, 2010


I read the Dan Brown entry and thought "just barely."
posted by oddman at 8:17 AM on August 14, 2010


I too am not crazy about the design, but as soon as I got to Lolita I was sold.
posted by ifjuly at 8:18 AM on August 14, 2010


And it reminded me of Books a Minute.
posted by ifjuly at 8:19 AM on August 14, 2010


I bought "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read" so I don't need this site.

(and no, I haven't read it. For all I know it's blank inside)
posted by mr vino at 8:41 AM on August 14, 2010


Ha! Fun find, thanks. I might be tempted to participate. But yeah, the design is really annoying. If you must include that stuff on every page, do like everybody else and stick it in the sidebar already.
posted by Gator at 8:41 AM on August 14, 2010


It really disappoints me that Stieg Larsson's book "Men Who Hate Women" (Män som hatar kvinnor) was retitled "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" for American release. And a site dedicated to better book titles didn't even mention that? Clearly, they suck too.
posted by McGuillicuddy at 9:25 AM on August 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


Way Easier to Watch Than Read?

Oh, hell no. Kubrick nailed the film, but that meant creating painfully graphic and violent scene after painfully graphic and violent scene. I watched it once, but never again. Reading it was a much less visceral and unpleasant experience for me, and the play with language was not a problem in the least.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:32 AM on August 14, 2010


I think it's telling that "Guns, Germs, and Steel" is the only one with the author's name in the URL. Very NYTimes Bestseller, Book Club. "Of Course I've Read This" indeed. (I haven't read it.)
posted by Eideteker at 9:34 AM on August 14, 2010


Wow, I actually want to read this now.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:39 AM on August 14, 2010


These are funny. I laughed out loud at the Lolita one.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 11:08 AM on August 14, 2010


Pretty predictable stuff, actually. Wit really is dead.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 11:13 AM on August 14, 2010


The best part is that you can spot the exact date on which this guy learned how to antialias text.
posted by ook at 12:35 PM on August 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yes, that Saul-Bass-inspired format is a Tumblr theme that was cool the first time I saw it but annoying the 37th time somebody decided "hey, this will make my blog look cool", and not quite fitting for the concept. Tumblr needs a Penguin-Books-inspired theme. But mixing the "one sentence reviews" with photoshopping book covers is semi-inspired and well executed. (Note to the guy who does it "semi-inspired and well executed" is the bookjacket blurb, but if you want to be as dishonest as most book publicists "inspired and well executed")
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:47 PM on August 14, 2010


Tumblr needs a Penguin-Books-inspired theme.

Ta-da!

There was an older one that was even more Penguiny, but they eated it.
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:13 PM on August 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Assumed erroneously that Gay Jewish Magicians Kill Nazis referred to Gravity's Rainbow... Wait, you mean that's not what it's about?
posted by Lorin at 9:45 PM on August 14, 2010


Noam Chomsky's is awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 6:57 AM on August 15, 2010


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