Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Reading Series 2012: A Touch of Humor*

Few things are as cathartic as a good laugh.  I mean one of those that makes you lean over and really howl until you can hardly breathe.  A really GOOD laugh can relieve stress, brighten your day, and take the edge off a bad mood.  In case you’re needing one of those, I have a few suggestions where you might find one.

If you prefer your humor with a sarcastic bite, JenLancaster is an author I can’t recommend enough, especially her early work.  Lancaster is the queen of snark and can turn a phrase so witty and dead-on, it will leave me snickering for days.  Start with Bitter is the New Black to see if you might want to indulge further.  If you prefer your sarcasm in the form of fiction instead, Jane Heller and Jennifer Crusie are also good bets.  Need more irreverence?  Try Christopher Moore, Tim Dorsey, or Carl Hiaasen.

If you’d rather have your humor served with a heaping side of the absurd and outrageous, Jenny Lawson’s recent “mostly true memoir” Let’sPretend This Never Happened should be right up your alley.  Lawson proves that, without a doubt, truth is always stranger than fiction.  (Side bonus, Jenny Lawson interviewed Jen Lancaster about the release of Lancaster’s new book, Jeneration X, with hilarious results)  Other great bets would be Tina Fey’s Bossypants and David Sedaris’s Naked.

Finally, if you’d like something that’s plain old hilarious, here are more authors you should consider checking out.

Dave Barry (one of the kings of comedy)
Sarah Strohmeyer (the Bubbles series)
Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next series)
Charlaine Harris (yup, vampires and humor)
Terry Pratchett (if you think you don’t like fantasy, you have never read Pratchett’s Discworld books)
Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy remains one of the funniest books I’ve ever read)

Do you have something to add to the list?  Leave a comment!

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