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Jun 15, 2008, 10:17am

Can anyone recommend me something lighthearted? I've been reading a lot of serious books lately and its depressing me. The last humorous book I read was incompetence by Rob Grant was I found quite funny but I am willing to try anything.

Jun 15, 2008, 10:59am

Well, anything by Terry Pratchett, but my personal favourites being Witches Abroad, Reaper Man, Guards, Guards and Small Gods.

I still have my childhood collection of Just William books and they still make me laugh.

Robert Rankin is funny too and some bits of Ben Elton but he does try a bit too hard.

And the Red Dwarf books are funny but since you already like Rob Grant you might know that already.

Edited: Jun 15, 2008, 2:19pm

There are lots of good suggestions in the Humor Group thread. For very light humor it is hard to beat P.G. Wodehouse. For more modern stuff, I like the two Christophers Christopher Moore and Christopher Brookmyre. Try The Island of the sequined Love Nun or One fine Day in the Middle of the Night.

Jun 15, 2008, 4:23pm

Thanks for your quick replies!

I've checked the humor group thread out, theres loads of authors there that I want to try. Also theres some authors here that I might try too - my TBR pile has grown significantly!

Aug 8, 2008, 12:06am

The ones I would recommend are all mysteries, oddly enough:
* One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
* Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
* Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

If you read romance, try:
* Take a Chance on Me by Susan Donovan
* Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson

A new book that had me smiling and chuckling a bit, although not completely lighthearted, was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

A fellow bookseller who likes funny is also a big fan of Evanovich and the forementioned Christopher Moore. I know she really likes Jeff Lindsay's Dexter books, too, and I believe she finds them funny, but they must be dark funny since the lead character's a serial killer.


Aug 13, 2008, 7:02am

thank you renneemarie. The guernsey literary and potato peel society looks quite good as does skinny dip.

Sep 26, 2008, 3:09pm

This is the latest read I'm busy recommending to everyone in the world - Tiny Deaths by Rob Shearman. The humour is black and decidedly quirky but if that is your kind of thing I yelped out loud a number of times!

Sep 26, 2008, 3:26pm

Not sure where your interest lie, but a few years ago, I finally read my eBook copy of Al Franken's book, Oh, the Things I Know!.

It's not political; it's not inane. It IS the funniest book I've read in probably the past ten years, though. I rarely laugh out loud when I read humor. MrsHouseLibrary decided it was time we started reading in separate rooms by the time I finished Chapter 2.

Sep 29, 2008, 4:24am

Thanks for that! I haven't tried either author before so will have a look see. I always love being recommended new authors to try!

Apr 4, 2009, 1:12pm

How about A Confederacy of Dunces. Or perhaps The Master and Margarita for some fanciful and satiracal humor.

Apr 4, 2009, 1:30pm

Have you ever tried The Cat Who Came In From The Cold by Deric Longden? I wet myself the first time I read it!

Apr 4, 2009, 1:32pm

Mary Roach is pretty funny. I especially like Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers.

Edited: Apr 4, 2009, 6:52pm

I'm reading The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon at the moment and think it's quite funny so far.

If you like comics: the Calvin and Hobbes books by Bill Watterson.

Also very nice: A smile in the mind: witty thinking in graphic design.

The uncommon reader by Alan Bennett. The Queen becoming reluctant to perform her duties because she's taken to reading. :-)

Also worth a look: the tag hilarious.

Apr 4, 2009, 3:47pm

Oh, I forgot, a couple of funny mysteries you may not have heard of:

Ian Sansom, The Case of the Missing Books

Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection

Apr 4, 2009, 6:52pm

I found The case of the missing books such a deception! Promising plot, so badly written. :-(

Apr 4, 2009, 7:41pm

Really? I enjoyed the humor of the two cultures. The plot was really secondary to me.

Apr 5, 2009, 6:53am

Good someone liked it ;-)

Apr 18, 2009, 6:17pm

How about some good ol' fashioned Brit humor like Three Men in a Boat, Right Ho, Jeeves or maybe even Zuleika Dobson?