Today, it’s the second substitute category for the RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

How do substitute categories work? Maybe you really hate short stories. You can swap in one of these substitutes instead.

Substitute Category #2: A Book With a Punny Title

I’m thinking of books with titles that are a play on words. There are plenty of them out there – here are a few.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Lynne Truss)

What could be a more perfect title for a book about punctuation? That pesky comma placement changes everything – and makes it punny! (I haven’t read this book but it’s been on my shelves for awhile.)

Birds of a Lesser Paradise (Megan Mayhew Bergman)

I’m not sure Bergman means to be funny with the title of this short story collection, but it definitely tweaks a well-known phrase.

The War of Art (Steven Pressfield)

Here’s a tiny inspirational book about breaking through creative blocks. I’ve never read Art of War, but this is a great book if you’re feeling stuck.

No Land’s Man (Aasif Mandvi)

This title is perfect for Mandvi’s book about cultural and racial identity.

The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)

Another great play on words, this time from Oscar Wilde. The book is about lies and a mysterious man named Ernest. It’s presented as a play, but it’s not difficult to follow.

Need more suggestions? Check out this list on Goodreads. Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.