The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 7

Amazing Read Challenge LogoA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: I've always found it fascinating that so many of our funniest artists lead such unhappy private lives: think comedians like Buster Keaton, W. C. Fields, and Lenny Bruce, or writers like John Kennedy Toole, and Dorothy Parker. So for last week's challenge to read about someone who intrigues us, I read the recently published biography of one of my all-time favorite seriously funny writers, Kurt Vonnegut.

But with this week's challenge, we want to lighten things up a bit. We challenge you to read something that makes you laugh, and HCPL has plenty of books that fit that bill. We've got nonfiction that will make you titter, snicker, giggle, chuckle, chortle, snort and guffaw, like Tina Fey's Bossypants, and David Sedaris' Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

We've got fiction to tickle your funny bone, split your sides, crack you up, and have you in stitches, like Jennifer Weiner's bestselling The Next Best Thing, Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic, and How I became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely. In short, if it makes you whoop, roar, shriek, scream, LOL or ROFL, we want you to read it and share it with us!


One of the funniest books

One of the funniest books I've read recently was Withering Tights by Louise Rennison. A British author, Rennison writes young adult fiction that is laugh out loud funny. I can't wait for the next book in series!

Great! It's got to be good to

Great! It's got to be good to live up to that title, right? Thanks, Kimberly!
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

I really enjoyed reading The

I really enjoyed reading The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. It is the first in a series about a dysfunctional detective family. Izzy Spellman and her family are hilarious in all of their outlandish exploits.

You had me at 'dysfunctional

You had me at 'dysfunctional family.' A character named Izzy and 'outlandish exploits' are just icing on the cake. Thanks for the recommendation, Cathy!

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

I have decided to reread

I have decided to reread Being Dead Is No Excuse : The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays. It is very funny and if you grew up in the South, the rules and regulations about funeral food etc. ring true. Lots of recipes included.

I've read "Being Dead" and it

I've read "Being Dead" and it is a real hoot. I just read a couple Spy vs Spy books because they never fail to tickle my funnybone.