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Subject: Favorite Laugh-Out-Loud Novels
Date Posted: 8/2/2007 6:48 PM ET
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When ever I hear someone laughing,  while reading a book........they are usually reading Janet Evanovich.  Are there any other books that make you LOL? 

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 6:54 PM ET
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Yes, But I can't think of the titles right now.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 6:57 PM ET
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Just recently I read The Nanny by Melissa Nathan, and I could not stop laughing during some parts of the book.  My husband was making fun of me, because I literally had tears coming down my face..  Really great book by the way


Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:03 PM ET
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I don't usually laugh out load while reading,.....but I am now reading TWO Laugh Out Load Books-----I Feel Bad About My Neck AND Marley & Me!!   I am also reading a , good book by Barbara Taylor Bradford, and I pick up the other two in between.  They are really funny!!!

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:49 PM ET
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I have The Nanny in my tbr pile, glad to hear it's good.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 7:51 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Long Dark Teatime of the Soul and Douglas Adam's humor is so absurd that it catches me off-guard and has caused a few LOL moments for me.

Also, my secret confession, the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, which is completely aimed at elementary-age children, makes me LOL more than any book I've ever read.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 9:48 PM ET
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Lamb by Christopher Moore.  I made the mistake of trying to read this on a plane and had to stop because my laughter was annoying the nice people sitting next to me.   Pretty much anything written by Chris Moore makes me LOL, but Lamb was the best.

ITA on Douglas Adams and I'd add Robert Rankin in there as well.  Fandom of the Operator and Snuff Fiction both made me snicker and giggle.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:25 PM ET
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My most recent laugh out loud is "Last Days of Summer" by Steve Kluger.  It's a coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn in the late 30's-early 40's.  Joey Margolis is nine-years-old, a huge baseball fan and a character you'll never forget.  The whole book is a collection of letters, postcards, notes, report cards, newspaper articles...it's hilarious, heart-warming and impossible to put down!  I sent a copy to my brother and his wife made him leave the bed the first night he got it, he was laughing so hard.

Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:30 PM ET
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anything by Laurie Notaro. Also Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy (about pregnancy)


Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:45 PM ET
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Maddy Hunter's Passport to Peril Mysteries!

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 8:37 AM ET
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Clyde Edgerton's Walking Across Egypt was hilarious.  And I love  Fannie Flagg.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 11:03 AM ET
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Red Dwarf by Grant Naylor.  Better than Douglas Adams.  Made in to a BBC production.  It seems I read half the parts aloud to a friend I was traveling with over summer.  He was trying to read Ann Rand's, Atlas Shrugged, and I was driving him crazy. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 11:31 AM ET
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Marley and Me was definitely laugh out loud. And The Frog King by Adam Davies was also really funny--it's a book told in the POV of a single guy in NYC).

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 11:34 AM ET
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Frohike is right, Christopher Moore is hysterical! My fav is The Stupidest Angel! (any book that has a main character that is a crazy former Bmovie Warrior woman who runs around in a leather bikini carrying a sword has my vote!) But you have to read them in order (I didnt but its a good idea.) They go...."Practical Demon Keeping", "The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove" and "The Stupidest Angel."

Another funny author is Neil Gaiman, "Then Anansi Boys" is really really funny but you have got to hear the Audio version of it, the man who narrates it is really one of the best I've heard he has great voices and the perfect Accent for the characters.

Antoher funny one I've read recently is by Koontz (oddly enough.) LIfe Expectancy has two main characters who have the funniest diologues.


Date Posted: 8/3/2007 2:43 PM ET
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Any Nancy Drew fans out there?  Chelsea Cain's Nancy Drew parody, "Confessions of a Teen Sleuth" (an adult book) is laugh out loud like I haven't read in quite a while.  Literally, like once every couple of pages I crack up.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 3:45 PM ET
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I love the YA series about Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. It starts with Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. I laughed out loud through all the books!

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 5:38 PM ET
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Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella made me giggle all the way through.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 6:58 PM ET
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The Shopaholic series makes me laugh right out.  I've gotten some funny looks while reading those!


Date Posted: 8/3/2007 7:27 PM ET
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Vicky, yes, yes, yes to Last Days of Summer. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of that one and I LOL'd all through it.

Kerry, Red Dwarf ran for 9 seasons on the BBC and all of the shows are available through amazon, if you're interested.  Love the books and tv show. 

Penny, I wholeheartedly second the audio version of Anansi Boys.  It helped me keep my sense humor in check on the long commute to work. 

Thought I should also add Big Trouble by Dave Barry, especially the audio book.  LMAO throughout the entire book.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 8:26 PM ET
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My daughter just started reading a book by Louise Rennison and she is laughing through the whole thing.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 3:18 AM ET
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Agnes Browne was one of the funniest books I've ever read.  It's about a woman recently widowed trying to raise her kids in Ireland.  It seems depressing, but it was quite funny.

Also, the Bed and Breakfast Mysteries by Mary Daheim usually get a chuckle out of me.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 10:00 AM ET
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Not fiction (well not really) but Dave Barry, there's funny!!  Anything by him cracks me up.  For fiction you can't go wrong with Terry Pratchett, I think each of his books get funnier, course it's very British humor.  Currently reading Guards! Guards! and literally laughing out loud on almost every page., e.g. the guard captain holding off a mob with a little dragon as a weapon, asking them the Dirty Harry question - you're asking yourself does he have any flame left?  well how lucky do you feel?  ROTFLOL   Anyone who likes Douglas Adams will howl at Pratchett, same type of humor, much more of it.

Cheers, Margaret.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 10:32 AM ET
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I think the Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross are hilarious.  Miss Julia is a hoot.  But you should definitely start with the first one. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 11:51 AM ET
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I've recently discovered Dr. Walt Larimore's Bryson City series and I laughed out loud during the first one and put his 2 sequels on my Wish List! 

Philip Gulley's books also have some laugh out loud moments.

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 12:34 PM ET
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Carl Hiiasin's (spelling) books are very funny - try to read them in order, as there are reappearing characters.  Also, I enjoy Bailey White's books - they are nonfiction, but hysterically funny, especially if you are a teacher or were raised in the south.