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Most Boring Book Title?

Douglas Mangrum has started a contest to find the most boring book title ever. James Spinti has sweetened the pot by offering a $50.00 Eisenbrauns gift certificate as a prize.

My nominees:

  • Jacqulyn Anderson, 200 (Religion) Class: Reprinted from Edition 19 Unabridged Dewey Decimal Classification by Melvil Dewey (Nashville: Broadman, 1980).
  • D. A. Carson, Greek Accents: A Student’s Manual (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995). (link)
  • Pierce Furlong, Aspects of Ancient Near Eastern Chronology (c. 1600–700 BC) (Piscataway NJ: Gorgias, 2010). (link)
  • Philomen Probert, Ancient Greek Accentuation: Synchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory (New York: Oxford University Press USA, 2006). (link)

I think Anderson’s book should get special consideration for having a dull blue-gray cover and an even duller Times-type font.



  1. James says:

    Boy, that first one almost put me to sleep!



  2. SingingOwl says:

    “Aspects of Ancient Near Eastern Chronology”–Boy oh boy, gotta dash right out and get that one! LOL Have to ponder this a bit.


  3. Darrell Pursiful says:

    “Aspects” is actually a pretty interesting book…if you’re obsessed with ANE chronology….


  4. Marsha Long says:

    I also have one, “The Joys of Yiddish” by Leo Rosten


  5. Anne says:

    Ooh, I have one:

    How to Read a Book. (Seriously). Mortimer Adler.


  6. Michael R says:

    This is a classic. Past winner of the most boring book award. “Stop cocks in the Liver building”. It’s literally an inventory of all the stop cocks in the Liver building in Liverpool. Sometimes quoted as “A list of stop cocks in the Liver building” and sometimes as “Liver Building, Liverpool. List of Stop Cocks (1912)”.

    Or if you don’t like that one how about “Frog raising for pleasure and profit”?
    Anyone for “Male Genitalia of Butterflies of the Balkan Peninsula”?
    How about “Some Interesting Facts about Margarine”?
    “Fun with knotting string”?
    “New Guinea Tapeworms”?
    “Jewish Grandmothers”?
    “How to Eat a peanut”?
    “On sledge and horseback to outcast Siberian lepers”?
    “The Joy of Chickens”?
    “Across Europe by Kangaroo”?
    “The Potatoes of Bolivia”?
    “Searching for Railway Telegraph Insulators” now there’s a riveting read eh??
    “A Toddler’s guide to the Rubber Industry” I can just see you all hot footing it off to the shops for that one…
    or a past winner of a competition for boring book titles: “Highlights in the history of concrete”?

    (see http://www.survivefrance.com/forum/topics/bizarre-book-titles?groupUrl=bookworms&xg_source=activity&groupId=3339392%3AGroup%3A22252&id=3339392%3ATopic%3A50178&page=1#comments)

    (see also http://www.russellash.com/completeworksdetail87.htm)

    (see also http://www.johnbarber.com/hobbies/books.html)


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