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Daisy_Loo2
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Know a funny book?

I meet with some friends and discuss books, our own little book club, and have read all of their suggested reads. I really like all the books, however, I am looking for a discussion book, with lots of laughs...at no additional cost!! I've read Kite Runner, My Sisters Keeper, The Invisible Wall, Night, Snow Flower & Secret Fan, Midwives, The Double Bind, just to name a few.

I've just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, thought it was quite funny in moments & would recommend this book. But, I'm still looking for more.

It will be my turn to suggest a book, and I'd like to take the group in a different direction. I'd like to read a book that will make me burst out in laughter, and have a gripping story line. I'd LOVE to hear suggestions!

Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!
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tinival
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Daisy:
If your group consists of women then I would recommend "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" by Lorna Landvik.

We started our book club with this read and it was a big hit. It has really fun characters that everyone can identify with in some way. It is light-hearted at times but still has some meat to the storylines.

Hope this helps.
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tinival wrote:
Daisy:
If your group consists of women then I would recommend "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" by Lorna Landvik.

We started our book club with this read and it was a big hit. It has really fun characters that everyone can identify with in some way. It is light-hearted at times but still has some meat to the storylines.

Hope this helps.




Yay! I'm so glad to hear someone else also enjoyed this book! I thought it was really good and I loved the title and the cover.
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Daisy_Loo2 wrote:
I meet with some friends and discuss books, our own little book club, and have read all of their suggested reads. I really like all the books, however, I am looking for a discussion book, with lots of laughs...at no additional cost!! I've read Kite Runner, My Sisters Keeper, The Invisible Wall, Night, Snow Flower & Secret Fan, Midwives, The Double Bind, just to name a few.

I've just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, thought it was quite funny in moments & would recommend this book. But, I'm still looking for more.

It will be my turn to suggest a book, and I'd like to take the group in a different direction. I'd like to read a book that will make me burst out in laughter, and have a gripping story line. I'd LOVE to hear suggestions!

Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!




The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich is really funny and you will laugh out loud but there is no gripping story line. These are mystery type stories but they aren't mind benders by any means. I recently started reading Christopher Moore's books and they are also very funny. His books have vampires and other strange creatures but they aren't too deep either. I've also read some Mary Kay Andrews' that are pretty humorous. These were romance stories that had a little more to the story but I don't know if you could call them gripping. The same for Jennifer Cruisie's books and Olivia Goldsmith. Fannie Flagg and Phillip Gulley write books about small town life and the characters are pretty funny. I really liked both of their books. Gulley's are a series. Marley and Me is a great true story by John Grogan. Marley is a puppy that his family adopts and it changes their lives. It will make you laugh and cry. Where The Heart Is by Billie Letz will do the same thing.

I don't know if these are any help to you. I just picked some from my book list that I have enjoyed. Good luck and I hope you find some great reads. :smileytongue:
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Hi Daisy--------Tim Dorsey writes wacky, offbeat South Florida mysteries. His book Orange Crush covers some important issues in an irreverent way as we follow an incumbent governor on the campaign trail in an RV . This is fiction and the governor's viewpoint has been radically changed. Thrilling in the sense that you want to see how it turns out. Funny characterizations. Also Carl Hiaasen writes offbeat Florida mysteries that are funny and satirical.
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Re: Know a funny book?



tinival wrote:
Daisy:
If your group consists of women then I would recommend "Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons" by Lorna Landvik.

We started our book club with this read and it was a big hit. It has really fun characters that everyone can identify with in some way. It is light-hearted at times but still has some meat to the storylines.

Hope this helps.




Gosh! I loved that book: That was so good! It was so light hearted but true tolife also.
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I'm a Fanny Flagg fan, too (say that 10 times fast.) "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" has to be the funniest book I've read in years. Really quirky characters in strange situations, even by Flagg standards, but written with her usual humanity.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. --Oscar Wilde

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foxycat wrote:
I'm a Fanny Flagg fan, too (say that 10 times fast.) "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" has to be the funniest book I've read in years. Really quirky characters in strange situations, even by Flagg standards, but written with her usual humanity.




I love her books. It's so easy to lose yourself in the world she creates. Her characters are the best! Phillip Gulley's books are very similar. He has a series about this little town and the people are funny, kind hearted, obnoxious - everything but boring. I've read all of them so far and they crack me up too.

I think I already posted this (I'm losing my mind this month) but I saw this great title on the back of a book I was reading. It's a book for young adults by Carolyn Mackler. It's called The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. I am definitely going to find out more about that one. She also has Vegan Virgin Valentine. It sounds like she has a sense of humor at least! :smileyvery-happy:
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Daisy_Loo2 wrote:
I meet with some friends and discuss books, our own little book club, and have read all of their suggested reads. I really like all the books, however, I am looking for a discussion book, with lots of laughs...at no additional cost!! I've read Kite Runner, My Sisters Keeper, The Invisible Wall, Night, Snow Flower & Secret Fan, Midwives, The Double Bind, just to name a few.

I've just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, thought it was quite funny in moments & would recommend this book. But, I'm still looking for more.

It will be my turn to suggest a book, and I'd like to take the group in a different direction. I'd like to read a book that will make me burst out in laughter, and have a gripping story line. I'd LOVE to hear suggestions!

Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!


Hi there,
The funniest book I've read in awhile is A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Moreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel. It's a memoir of a relatively normal and happy childhood (No Glass Castle trauma here!) I was reading this on a plane and kept laughing outloud - the guy next to me thought I was nuts, but I didn't care!
The cottage of content is better than the palace of cold splendor and where love is, all is. ~Charles Dickens in David Copperfield
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Hello Daisy,

Two books that I can recommend are "The Night of the Avenging Blowfish" by John Welter (laugh out loud funny for both genders) and a non-fiction book "Early Bird" by Rodney Rothman. (also laugh out loud for both genders. I can't believe they haven't made a flick of "Blowfish" yet (Vince Vaughn would be great as the main characer). Have just started "Winkie" a book about a teddy bear arrested for terrorism. The concept is amusing but so far not far enough into it to say if it's funny or weird yet.
Hope this gives you a few more choices.
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Hello - I just finished "You Suck" by Christopher Moore and I would second another poster's vote for his books. (His book "The Stupidest Angel" is a good read for Christmas). I'd also agree with the poster who recommended "Early Bird" by Rodney Rothman.

If you like mysteries, "Seeking Whom He May Devour" by Fred Vargas is funny, in a dry, quirky way.
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I just bought four of Moore's books -- I couldn't decide which one to start with!
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becke_davis wrote:
I just bought four of Moore's books -- I couldn't decide which one to start with!




I hope you enjoy those Becke. I have. I am currently in a discussion for one of Dorothea Benton Frank's books The Land of the Mango Sunsets. The book is pretty funny and has some good characters and quirky, sarcastic comments. I'm really enjoying it so far and I will definitely read more of her books.
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Becke, it doesn't matter which one you start with - he'll have you laughing in every one!! :smileyhappy:



becke_davis wrote:
I just bought four of Moore's books -- I couldn't decide which one to start with!


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Wrighty wrote:

becke_davis wrote:
I just bought four of Moore's books -- I couldn't decide which one to start with!




I hope you enjoy those Becke. I have. I am currently in a discussion for one of Dorothea Benton Frank's books The Land of the Mango Sunsets. The book is pretty funny and has some good characters and quirky, sarcastic comments. I'm really enjoying it so far and I will definitely read more of her books.




That's probably going to be the next one I buy. Too many people have recommended it to me for me to ignore it!
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Definitely read it Becke. In fact, read any of her books - they're all great! And do tell what you think of Moore's books when you read them!



becke_davis wrote:

That's probably going to be the next one I buy. Too many people have recommended it to me for me to ignore it!



Message Edited by LizzieAnn on 07-13-2007 03:09 PM
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Daisy_Loo2 wrote:
I meet with some friends and discuss books, our own little book club, and have read all of their suggested reads. I really like all the books, however, I am looking for a discussion book, with lots of laughs...at no additional cost!! I've read Kite Runner, My Sisters Keeper, The Invisible Wall, Night, Snow Flower & Secret Fan, Midwives, The Double Bind, just to name a few.

I've just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, by Mark Haddon, thought it was quite funny in moments & would recommend this book. But, I'm still looking for more.

It will be my turn to suggest a book, and I'd like to take the group in a different direction. I'd like to read a book that will make me burst out in laughter, and have a gripping story line. I'd LOVE to hear suggestions!

Thanks ahead of time for your thoughts!




Another funny author is Davis Sedaris - his books will have you laughing, especially Me Talk Pretty One Day. Also, Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff was a scream!
The cottage of content is better than the palace of cold splendor and where love is, all is. ~Charles Dickens in David Copperfield
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I recently had a pretty fun read called The Rabbit Factory - by Marshall Karp. And, as a bonus, the second novel "starring" the same main characters, just came out. It's called A Bloody Mess.

Others that have made me laugh are...

A Walk In the Woods - by Bill Bryson
The Road to Gandalfo - by Robert Ludlum (and then - The Road to Omaha)

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Daisy_Loo2 wrote:
I'd like to read a book that will make me burst out in laughter, and have a gripping story line.

Not sure about the quality of the story line, but I just have to feel really sorry for anybody who doesn't laugh out loud at any PG Wodehouse.

Neat book with more meaning than at first hits the eye is Morley's Parnassus on Wheels.

Funny in a different way is Mary Kingsley's Travels in West Africa. She is supported by that wonderfully dry English sense of humor as she travels alone, an unescorted English woman, through Africa. Great book.
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I love the old Wodehouse books, even though they are corny you can't help but laugh. Another favorite from the days of yore is Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. I need to read that one again -- the first time I read it, it made me laugh out loud.