The Broke and the Bookish, or really much blogging at all, I guess. This week's a great chance to talk about some different books than the usual suspects because we're talking books that make us laugh. I rarely laugh out loud reading a book but here are ten that got me giggling.
1. No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene - I loved Greene's memoir about raising her large family of both biological and internationally adopted children. The only way to make a family this big work is with a good sense of humor, and Greene has plenty of laughs to spare.
2. Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger - This book is Hilarious with a capital H. Composed of letters between a misfit pain in the ass kid and the arrogant ballplayer that becomes his father figure, this book had me rolling. It's full of laughs and heart.
3. Home to Woefield by Susan Juby - This one's a fun romp of a book about a former city dweller turned idealist farmer and her newfound odd ensemble of friends that help her restore a run down farm to its former glory. Irrepressible Prudence trying to wrangle her staff of a kid who breeds chickens, a guy who lives his whole life on the internet, and the farm's grumpy old caretaker is definitely good for some laughs.
4. The Cactus Eaters by Dan White - In which hiking novice and downright funny guy Dan White decides to take on the daunting task of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Let's just say the books is way more successful than the hike.
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty - When Celia runs off to join the circus, she leaves her best friend Elizabeth behind. Elizabeth's life is illuminated entirely in notes and letters but in the most entertaining way possible.
6. The Martian by Andy Weir - Mark Watney's sense of humor makes this very science-y novel about an astronaut stuck on Mars into an unexpectedly laughter filled novel.
7. Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream - For those among us who prefer a little dark humor, artist Clementine has decided to commit suicide, but first she has to tie up some loose ends and, you know, practice. A dark topic maybe, but trying on coffins and practicing injections on chickens make for some twisted laughs.
8. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky - Dark humor at its finest again. The mother in this tale is such a twisted narcissist that you might just find yourself laughing, if you aren't cringing too much.
9. Queen of the Road by Doreen Orion - The travel memoir of a woman who has way too many shoes and a penchant for staying in bed, but is persuaded to road trip the nation by her wily husband. There's this converted motor home and this story about a tractor (I think?) and a cocktail for every chapter. What's not to love (and laugh at)?
10. Paperboy by Tony Macaulay - Paperboy is a hilarious coming of age memoir about a kid growing up in 1970s Belfast. Macaulay takes the guitar lesson after "Pammy Wynette," attains paperboy seniority in a wretched ensemble of typically '70s clothing, and can be found kicking his favorite band in appreciation. I laughed so much.
What books left you laughing?
I bought Paperboy in Belfast several years ago, before it was published in the US, and still haven't read it. I need to remedy that.ReplyDelete
Books that have me giggling are too few and far between. I haven't heard of most of these so maybe I should check them out. I could use more laughter in my life.ReplyDelete
I didn't realize that The Martian was so funny but my interest is definitely piqued after seeing it on so many lists this week! My TTTReplyDelete
I've only read #1 from your list and, I agree, it was funny and enjoyable. You can't be a mom, especially of lots of kids, without having a sense of humor!ReplyDelete
Feeling Sorry for Celia sounds like a treat -- I love epistolary books!ReplyDelete