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Subject: Books That are Fun to Read
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 5:29 PM ET
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Some of my favorite "cozies" are not mysteries, but simply cozies that are fun to read! One of the best authors is Sophie Kinsella with her Shopoholic books!!! I laughed all the way through each one, and I have read almost all of them!!! And the best part is that I feel so good when I have finished one of  them!

Then again, some cozy mysteries like Anne George's books about the Southern Sisters are great, too. But there are only eight of them, for she died after writing these. Try Murder on a Girl's Night Out (the first of the series) for fun and laughter.

Have fun! Lulie

Date Posted: 3/31/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I just finished reading "Hunting Unicorns" by Bella Pollan.   If you enjoy British humour and a bit of romance and reading about the British upper class, you will love this book!  I LOLed several times, earning me a weird look from DH every time. 

It was SO funny and enjoyable-didn't want it to end!

I don't read cozy mysteries or too many cozies, but I've had Shopaholic books on my bookshelf and they always seem to go like hotcakes.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:50 PM ET
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Stephanie Bond books are usually pretty funny.  I especially like the Body Movers series.

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 6:53 PM ET
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My go-to-books for fun are the Plum series by Janet Evanovich and The Blackbird Sisters' Mysteries series by Nancy Martin.  Love them for a good laugh!

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 7:07 PM ET
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i 2nd stephanie plum & add Jim Butcher's Dresden files or a fun read. The only professional wizard whos "helper" is a spirit named Bob who lives in a skull & loves to read erotica! Adult content & does have fun things like vampires & werewolfs etc but very enjoyable read!

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 12:11 PM ET
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David Sedaris is hilarious!  He writes mostly short essays, but he is so funny that you need to be sure you are in a place that you can laugh out-loud.  I also like the Bridget Jones books for a good laugh!

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:46 PM ET
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Shooting Gallery by Hailey Lind.

The Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.

Anything by Marianne Stillings or Erin McCarthy.

Date Posted: 4/6/2008 3:01 PM ET
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Anything by Jennifer Crusie or Meg Cabot. They are "feel good" books.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 9:12 AM ET
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Freya North's girl series (all of the books are titled a girl's name). Well, actually I've only read Fen so far, but it was really a great, fun, read.
Subject: Great Laughs!
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I'm still trying to find Hunting for Unicorns!  Also just finished and listed The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella - Great for Laughs!!!


Date Posted: 4/16/2008 5:56 PM ET
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It turns out that the Community Read for this year here where I live is a memoir that really is fun to read.  It's Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, by Firoozeh DuMas.   I find myself smiling the whole time I am reading it.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 8:36 PM ET
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You can't beat Carl Hiaasen's books for laugh out loud funny.

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 2:18 PM ET
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Christopher Moore and Robert Rankin are always good for an afternoon of giggles.

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 12:49 AM ET
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I just finished reading Hunting Unicorns which is described as "a wonderfully engaging romantic comedy set among the British aristocracy in decline." It is indeed a delightful romantic comedy that had me laughing out loud at times but it is so much more. There are multi-layers to this book and when I closed the cover I had that satisfied feeling you get when you have read a good book. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Anything by Dora Saint (pen name Miss Read), especially her earlier books that were centered more around the school children, are some of my favorite, easy-read, fun books.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 1:01 AM ET
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The Shopaholic series was great fun to read.

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Date Posted: 4/27/2008 1:06 PM ET
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MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy series and most recently, Fred the Mermaid series, make me laugh out loud.  As well as Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series.  Anytime I read those, my husband gives me funny looks because i'm laughing hysterically at a book...

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Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:09 AM ET
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Mrs. Pollifax books are GREAT for a fun read. And :The #1 Ladies Detective Agency" which is coming out with a third book this year.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Alexander Smith McCall's 'Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is actually at #9 in the series...'Miracle at Speedy Motors'.  I too totally love this group of books.

Richard Peck is an author of several young adult books set in earlier  and simpler times, but my husband and I have found them very entertaining and enjoyable.

Another author I find captivating is Peter Mayle with his series of books covering his life in Provence, France.  Splendid entertainment and informative as well.