Saturday, July 9, 2011

Laughing and Books

Laughing Star
Originally uploaded by cindy47452

Hi friends.

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.


Chatty Crone said...

I can't think right now - but I so - agree with you - reading humor is good for you!

Mildred said...

Thank you for this list of books. That photo is priceless!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Crystal Mary said...

I have never read any of those books...but I love a good laugh.
One of the funniest books I ever read was, "They're a Weird Mob."
It's about an Italain journalist who goes to live in Australia to write in the newspapers back home all about what its like to migrate there. He speaks perfect English so his editor decides he is the best for the job. BUT, English and Australian are very different and he gets into all kinds of trouble with the language. It is so funny..

Patty said...

I love comedy, will have to check this one out, Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death. I see I will be making a trip to the library tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're having a terrific week-end.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thanks for the list. I can always use a good chuckle!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I HAVE to get Living Somewhere between Estrogen and Death!! LOL! I am mostly SURVIVING somewhere in the between it seems! LOL! Thank you for all the good suggestions. blessings ~ tanna

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I'm already getting such a laugh out of that photo that I'm not sure I can stop laughing long enough to read your list. You are so right - there's nothing like a fun book to put us in a good mood. Thanks for the list. laurie

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

The Wilder Life had me laughing out loud--and always Jen Lancaster makes me chuckle. I've wanted to read the Ireland one for years--I must!
And I do love me some Wodehouse and Bryson. said...

Nothing better than a good book in my opinion. I find that very few make me laugh out loud and I LOVE that! If you've never read any of Carl Hiaasen's books, check him out! He has a wickedly good and slightly twisted sense of humor and he always make me laugh:)


melody-mae said...

Thank you first for the list of books. I love reading anything I can get my hands on!
Secondly, thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. I means a lot to me. I stopped by here to say thanks and now am your new follower as well!

~Ren~ said...

I wish I had some suggestions for ya.. I can't remember the last time I read a funny book :)

Amrita said...

Dear Terra , thank you for encouragiong comment on my blog.

This post so lightened my heavy heart tonight.

I haven' t read the books you mentioned, but PG Wodehouse is my favourite. I love reading humour books too.