Saturday, July 9, 2011
Laughing and Books
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There is a lot of sadness and worry in our world and as an antidote to that I adore reading books that are funny or make me smile. Do you too?
I think funny books are rare and that humor is difficult to write, and of course, we each have a unique sense of what is funny. I might think something is hilarious and you might have an opposite reaction.
I list here a few books that have given me some chuckles or smiles, and please add your own suggestions for funny books in a comment here.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.
The Boat Who wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat and his The Dog Who wouldn't Be.
Three Men in a Boat: Not to Mention the Dog by Jerome K. Jerome (written about 1896)
Laughing Matters: Learning to Laugh When Life Stinks by Phil Callaway.
Years ago I read P.G. Wodehouse, and I think I may read one of his books again.
Round Ireland with a Fridge. Tony Hawks. Hitchhikes around Ireland with a refrigerator, as the result of a bet, with many stops in pubs. So funny I bought his A Piano in the Pyrenees, which I didn't read yet.
For books that make me cry and laugh, consider Barbara Johnson. She was a Christian motivational speaker and great humorist, who deals with tragedy in her life including death of a child, serious car accident, estrangement from an adult child and more, and yet, loves to share laughter. Her book titles are what grabbed me, and I bought five of them, including Plant a Geranium in Your Cranium; Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life; and Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death.
I look forward to hearing about new books for me to buy that will give me a chuckle so give me your ideas here please.