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A Book List For Mila Pt. 4

Published January 18, 2014 by Malia

The requested theme this time?  Books that are funny.  I don’t typically read books that are considered funny, but I’ve come up with what I consider to be humorous books.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir

Okay, I’m not just putting this first because my ad for my blog went live on the author’s blog (thebloggess.com) this week.  This book is written by the author of the blog I just mentioned.  I can honestly say that this book is the funniest book I’ve ever read.  I read it over my breaks at work, and I usually ended up laughing so hard I would be in tears.  This led to co-workers thinking that something was terribly wrong.  Anyway, not quite sure where this rabbit trail is going, but the point is, this book is hysterical.  It’s filled with stories of taxidermy, animals, arm condoms, HR, and her struggles with mental health issues.  One word of warning, the author cusses a lot.  I know that bothers some people, and doesn’t bother others.  Personally, I think the content is worth the read.

Bossypants

Tina Fey has got of be one of my very favorite female comedians, and her book was a fantastic read.  What I really appreciated about the book was that she showed her journey from being a drama nerd to being a successful writer.  She doesn’t gloss over things like her time spent working at a YMCA at weird hours, or being part of the comedy minority (mainly, being a female).

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  (And Other Concerns)

Okay, I’ll be honest, I’m currently reading this.  I’m half-way through, and I can honestly say I love this book.  She’s incredibly down to earth.  She’s really honest about not fitting in, and when she has made decisions that could have been incredibly career damaging. Also, the story of her going on a Broadway audition with zero dance experience is fantastic!

James Herriot’s Dog Stories

This book is a collection of stories from the All Creatures Great and Small series.  This book runs the gambit from absolutely heartbreaking to rolling on the floor laughing.   I personally recommend the stories about Tricky Woo and Cedric the Boxer.

Pretty Much Anything By Dave Barry

I’ve been a Dave Barry fan ever since I was a little kid.  If you’re looking for a good laugh, you really don’t have to look much further than his stories on toilet snakes, parenthood, and things that would make a good name for a rock band.  He’s also has a blog (http://blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog/) that has all the news you wish wasn’t true…

Snickers From The Front Pew

This is one of the best books I’ve read regarding growing up a PK (mine will be just as awesome…provided I ever finish it).  They cover everything from food to church sports leagues to trying not to laugh during funerals.

And that pretty much does it for me for tonight.

A Book List for Mila, Part 1

Published November 30, 2013 by Malia

So, I’ve been promising my friend Mila that I would compile a list of book recommendations for her.  I thought it would be fun to share the list with others as well.  By no means is this a complete list (or a long one, for that matter), but I’ve got to start somewhere.  Also, I’m not including some books that I know she has already read (like Lord of the Rings).  

Redwall

Okay, stick with me, because by far this is going to be the silliest sounding book series I list.  This series follows the adventures of several different animals living in a medieval world.  The stories are brilliant and heartbreaking.

Discworld

There are 40 books, so far, in this series.  The books cover everything from technology to insurance.  A very humorous take on serious fantasy novels.

The Wheel of Time

There are 14 books in this series, and it’s a very long, very detailed story.  I’ll be honest, I’ve not gotten very far in this book series.  However, what I’ve read has been quite excellent, and everyone I know who has finished it has really liked it.

A Song of Ice and Fire

This is a fantastic series, but be prepared to have your heart broken.  Don’t get attached to characters, because it’s likely they won’t survive.  A word of caution, this series doesn’t shy away from describing anything.  Definitely not child friendly.

-Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson’s Peter Pan Series

Initially, I didn’t want to read these books, because much as I love Dave Barry, I didn’t think the overall idea of an update to a classic story was a good idea.  I was wrong.  If anything, these books have made me love the original even more.

Okay, that does it for this week’s list.  I’m thinking I’ll make this a weekly thing, until I have shared all the books & series that I can come up with.