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Subject: Need something funny!
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:00 PM ET
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I know this topic has been listed here before, but I'm looking for some light summer reading.  I love Celia Rivenbark, Laurie Notaro, the Stephanie Plum series, etc.

I'm not opposed to something more substantial most of the time, but I have a week's vacation coming up in July and I wanted to get stocked up on something fun to read so I'm not all dreary.  Some "deep" books will stay with me for a long time and kind of drag me down.  I finished "A Thousand Spendid Suns" last week and I'm STILL thinking about it!

Any suggestions will be appreciated.  Thanks!



Date Posted: 5/18/2009 2:33 PM ET
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Try Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mysteries.  I think she funnier than Plum/Evanvoich

Denise Swanson's Scrumble River mysteries are pretty good too, but her latest wasn't because it was too obvious as a solution.

SIngle White Vamipe is really funny - the third of the ARgeneau series by Lynsay Sands and her best.

And if you don't mind a shape shifter story, Here Kitty, Kitty by Shelly Laurenston is a riot.

For just a funny book, if you can find it anywhere, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy.  About as painless a history as you'll ever get.

 How could I forget Lisa Lutz and her SPellman books - BUT, she has a very unusual writing style and not everyone like it.  I read her third one, Revenge of the SPellmans - recently released - and the series is holding up so far.

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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:05 PM ET
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I liked Enchanted Inc, and Damsel under stress by Shanna Swendson..

Katie Mac Allister is a great author which is usually very funny. Though they can be alittle steamy in parts.

Mary Janice Davidson - Besty or the Mermaide series are both very funny and light reads.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 7:20 PM ET
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M.C. Beaton.  I've read some Agatha Raisin and some Hamish McBeth books and they are very entertaining. 

Subject: good summer reading
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 8:57 PM ET
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If you haven't read it, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg made me laugh out loud.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 9:19 PM ET
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E.F. Benson's Lucia books are super entertaining and hilarious.  The first is Queen Lucia.

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Thanks for everyone's suggestions.  I've ordered some and am on the lookout for others!  I really appreciate the input :)

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Date Posted: 5/20/2009 9:55 PM ET
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When I am looking for a good laugh, I read Erma Bombeck. She cracks me up.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Any of Jen Lancaster's books are laugh out loud funny.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 2:15 PM ET
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Sarah Caudwell's mysteries are very funny, too.  I love them and am so sad there are only four.

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 8:25 PM ET
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Most all of Fannie Flagg's books are funny.


Date Posted: 5/30/2009 10:35 PM ET
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Marianne Stillings and Erin MCCarthey if you don't mind a little sex and romance.  Both are great with adding a bit of comedy and creating a good plot. 

Also Janet Evanovich's Metro Girl and Motor Mouth were really funny.

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Date Posted: 5/31/2009 9:38 AM ET
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You could try '1066 and All That' if you want a totally warped view of the history of England. There are even fake exams, with directions such as 'Do not attempt to write on both sides of the paper at the same time.'
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 12:31 AM ET
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I agree with a lot of the recommendations.  I love Erma Bombeck as well.  Another excellent humor writer is Dave Barry - his books/columns are hilarious.  I think my favorite book of his is "Dave Barry Slept Here - a Sort of History of the United States."  I love all of his stuff though, with the only exception of his one actual novel that he's written, I forget the name. 

I absolutely loved the Stephanie Plum series as well.  I would recommend Jennifer Crusie - she writes comedic romances that are fun to read.  I've read nearly all of her books now that my library has.  I also enjoyed the book "How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls" by Zoey Dean - that was hilarious as well.  And I agree with the others about Fannie Flagg, she is great and the author of my favorite book ever, "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl" - though I wouldn't exactly call that one humorous, it has some humor but also some dark parts. 


Date Posted: 6/26/2009 8:21 PM ET
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I studied American Literature in college. Didn't have a chance to read too many "fun" books.
Date Posted: 7/3/2009 8:46 PM ET
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I second the person that said Jen Lancaster. Her books are hilarious and she is similar to Laurie Notaro.

Subject: Don't miss anything by Chelsea Handler
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 8:06 PM ET
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She has the talk show, is hysterical. I am still laughing over Hello Vodka its me Chelsea one....

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 8:37 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have added a bunch to my wish list . I have ordered the first 6 of Donna Andrews and I am loving them so far!

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 10:46 PM ET
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Scott Adams has written a number of books beyond just his comic strip.  The Dilbert Principle, The Dilbert Future, Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook, The Joy of Work, and The Way of the Weasel are all very funny. 

Subject: Jasper Fforde
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 10:59 AM ET
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If you like mysteries or puns or books set in an alternate world somewhat like our own, try Jasper Fforde's work, starting with The Eyre Affair.