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Subject: Mindless, Funny reading
Date Posted: 10/18/2009 6:07 PM ET
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There's currently a family crisis going on in my relation and I'm feeling so helpless and down (there isn't a single thing I can do about this situation except pray). I'd love some recs for mindless and/or laugh out loud stories. I usually read historicals (with my biggest preference being Regency). Although I will read contemporaries too. I prefer contemporaries without children in them though. Hopefully some of the books will already be on my TBR pile! If not, I'll spent a few credits.


I finally got Dragonfly in Amber from my local library (I waited for it from the middle of July) but there is no way I can start reading it yet.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 6:42 PM ET
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Jennifer Crusie (contemporary) - Anyone But You, Getting Rid of Bradley, Bet Me... They are all hysterically funny!

Connie Brockway  (historical) - Bridal Season, Bridal Favors

I hope your family situation resolves for the best!!!

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 7:21 PM ET
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Oh goody--I have at least one of the Connie Brockway ones on my bookshelf here at home. Don't have any Crusie but I'm pretty sure my library has some of them.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 7:43 PM ET
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A second vote for Crusie. If you want to add a little mystery (distracting!), Janet Evanovich, Parnell Hall, Sarah Strohmeyer, Tori Carrington.

Best wishes.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 8:50 PM ET
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I found a whole bunch of the Crusie ones at my library (I can access stuff online and actually send a request for them to pull the books from the shelves for me).

 

I just read the most recent Evanovich and laughed out loud through a lot of it so yes, I'm hunting for that type of book.

 

Never heard of the other authors you mention so I'm going to go look them up :)

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 9:04 PM ET
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Jennifer Crusie is hilarious. 

I would also suggest Lynsay Sands vampire series.  They are pretty funny. 

Divorced, Desperate and Delicious (Love Spell Contemporary Romance) by Christie Craig

Hot Wheels and High Heels by Jane Graves

Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye

Tangled Up In Love by Heidi Betts

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Babs - The ones I mentioned make me laugh out loud, Tamar Myers too. The mysteries aren't so "deep" you have to take notes, but they are books that put a smile on your face, and are good light reads for dreary or down days.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 9:58 PM ET
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I second Christie Craig, also recommend Susan Donovan and Kristan Higgins.

Date Posted: 10/18/2009 10:38 PM ET
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When I'm looking for light humor, I go back to the early books by Amanda Quick.  Ravished,  Scandal,  Mistress, and Affair are all light and funny.   These are the books I pick up when stressed or sick.  

I like Crusie as well.  But there are times that I want to hide in a humorous historical.  One with no angst, no tears. 

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 8:38 AM ET
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I am also for Jennifer Crusie.  My favorite was Agnes and the Hitman.  She writes with Bob Mayer and I was getting funny looks from the hubby and kids when I would start laughing.

Hope everything turns out okay.

 

K

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 10:47 AM ET
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GA Aiken's Dragon series is hysterically funny.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:25 PM ET
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I second the recommend on the Brockways.   Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands is a  very good one with humor, historical; all of her books have humor.

Haven't read Christie Craig yet, but a friend loves her books, says they are full of fun.

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:41 PM ET
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Another that's fun,  Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase.  Another favorite  and fun Connie Brockway , As You Desire. 

Fun contemps - Beth Ciotta (quirky heroine in Jinxed, more follow in series); Julie James - Just the Sexiest Man Alive.

Ditto above on GA Aiken and her dragons.  All her books are hilarious, wolves and lions, etc., under her other name Shelly Laurenston.  Dakota Cassidy is another who write hilarious paranormals.

 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2009 1:43 PM ET
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GA Aiken also writes under the name Shelley Laurenston.  Her dragon books have been released under both names, but with different titles.

Lynsay Sands recent books have not had the humor I expect from her.  She has changed her style.