I like going to bookstores and libraries. I could, and have, spent hours browsing the spines and covers that live in either one. Why? Because I like judging books by their covers. Well, and their titles. I know my mother (and most likely yours, unless you don't have a mother because you were grown in a vat or something, in which case, good for you, I guess.) always warned against such practices, but she also told me my face would "stick like that," that my friends all wanted to jump off of bridges and that the Tooth Fairy was real. Moms lie. Sorry kids, but they do.
The fun of browsing for me is guessing what the book, given its title and cover, is about. Obviously, the visual component for me is a big factor, but a good title can spark a lot of imaginary stories just as well. The following are some made-up book titles for books/stories I will write (someday):
Mister Herman And His Magical Chocolate Pie
The Catcher's Mitt
Margarine In the Sun
Godzilla Was A Baller
Nobody Is Better Than Nobody
The Erotic Adventures Of Captain Kangaroo
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Memoirs Of A Goofball
Afternoons Of Ping Pong and Death!
The Amazing Adventures Of AdventureBoy, etc.
Boogie Like You Mean It
Thirty-Second Century Wildman In Chains
The Sodapop Paradox
Our Parents' Horsefeathers
Kung Fu Hipster & the Ghosts Of Uncool
They Went To Space
Building A Castle (Notes From the Toothpick Wars)
The Plywood Brigade
Burt Reynolds Toupee' Tried To Kill Me
Which would you read? Does anybody else do this? Is it just me?