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March 10: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Humor.
It’s no secret I love a laugh, so here are some of my favorite chuckle-inducing tales.
1. Breakfast of Champions; Kurt Vonnegut. Satire at its best, a little dark, a little heart-breaking, and hysterical.
2. Flat Out Love; Jessica Park. Julie heads off to college, but a housing mistake ends with her homeless, and she ends up living with an old friend of her mother’s.
3. Gil’s All Fright Diner; A. Lee Martinez. A werewolf and a vampire stop at a diner… and then are asked to stop a zombie infestation. They think it should be easy, but they’re so wrong!
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams. A trilogy of five–Adams was just like that–these short books flow smoothly into each other. What doesn’t go so smooth–Arthur Dent’s life, but it’s hilarious to watch him bumble around the universe, asking plaintively for tea.
5. Hyperbole and a Half; Allie Brosh. Detailed drawings of dogs, and a very peculiar rendering of humans–but the art works for the story, which is strange and whimsical, contrasting some very real problems.
6. I’ve Got Your Number; Sophie Kinsella. A woman loses her phone, and finds another one, deciding to use it instead–and she can’t help but interfere with the original owner’s life. Her well-meaning ‘help’ isn’t exactly what the original owner wants, though.
7. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; Jenny Lawson. I can’t talk up this memoir enough–weird childhoods, ethical taxidermy, and some interesting tangents.
8. The Princess Bride; William Goldman. A longer and more meandering story than the movie (if you’ve seen it)–but those tangents are well worth the read. How can you resist pirates and thieves and adventure?
9. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror; Christopher Moore. A little boy sees Santa get whacked upside the head, and wishes Santa wasn’t dead… and a less than bright angel brings all the dead back.
10. Wee Free Men; Terry Pratchett. Everything Discoworld is funny–who can take a disc atop four elephants atop a sea turtle too seriously? But the wee free men, little blue kilted fae beings, who drink and swear incomprehensibly, are in their own level.