Monday, October 15, 2007

Teen Read Week

Yesterday marked the beginning of ALA's Teen Read Week with the theme of lol@yourlibrary. In keeping with this theme I thought I'd write about some funny books that I've enjoyed but it occurs to me that most of the books I read are not exactly laugh out loud funny. I know there are some, but I do tend to gravitate toward heavier subject matter. I will confess that even though it isn't meant to be a comedy, I did find myself laughing out loud at times while reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Some of the things that came out of Christopher's mouth were just hilarious! Another book that comes to mind is the Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin. Though I read this several years ago I do remember laughing out loud at some parts and crying at others. It was recently made into a movie starring Scarlett Johansson (which I did not see, so I won't comment). Jimmy Buffett's books are also entertaining and light. I really wanted to head to the tropics after reading A Salty Piece of Land. Some of his characters are outrageous. I guess I should branch out and start reading some lighter stuff. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me lighten up my reading?


rdewar said...

WHile it is a bit ahead of both of our times in terms of nostalgia, "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid", by Bill Bryson is starting out as a very entertaining read and a good look at what it was to grow up in the 1950s. I am learning and laughing (inside) as I read through Bryson's memoirs about growing up in Iowa.

Anonymous said...

A humorous book for high school girls to read would be "Sloppy Firsts" and "Second Helpings" by Meg McCafferty. The story itself is not the funny part; it is Jessica (the narrator)'s sense of humor and the way she sees the world that makes it such a fun read. Just thinking about the book cheers me up. Haha.