Books that make you laugh

by Andrea Cooley

summer reading laugh out loud booksIt’s time for another round up of some of my favorite books. This time, I picked 6 of my favorite, laugh-out-loud books. Any of them would be a great addition to a day at the beach, a long road trip, or a weekend away. They are light, quick, and most importantly, funny! The characters are quirky and believable and just a little big outrageous.

Here are my quick reviews:

Where’d You Go Bernadette
I don’t know how many times I’ve loaned out my copy of this book, and I don’t think anyone hasn’t liked it. In a nutshell, Bernadette, reclusive wife and mother of a teenage daughter, goes missing, and the daughter is determined to find her. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s hilarious, even if the ending is a little unbelievable.

This is Where I Leave You
The main character’s life is turned upside down when he catches his wife sleeping with his boss. Then his dad dies and he has to sit shiva with his dysfunctional family. It’s a story about coming home and growing up and how your family can always bring out the best and the worst in you. It was recently made into a movie with Tina Fey. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s good.

The Rosie Project
A genetics professor who is relationally challenged creates an algorithm out to find the perfect wife. The results of the “project” are quite entertaining and of course he falls in love with a woman who doesn’t meet any of his criteria.

Mr. Penumbrum’s 24 Hour Bookstore
When a web designer loses his job during the recession, he starts working at an obscure bookstore. He discovers the bookstore’s clients are part of a secret society. This one is more entertaining than funny, but it’s a great story, especially if you’re a book lover.

One Plus One
This is the story of an overly optimistic single mom and a random road trip she takes with her 2 teenagers and a man she just met. There’s a smelly dog, a math competition, and a little romance. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking how it would be a great movie. I liked this better than the author’s best seller, Me Before You.

Empire Falls
It’s been a long time since I read this, and I don’t remember all the details of the plot, but I do remember the characters. That’s the sign of a good story, right? The main character is recently divorced and runs a diner in a small town full of colorful people. I think part of the reason I liked it is because it reminds me a little bit of Luke from Gilmore Girls!

What’s the funniest book you’ve read this summer? I’d love to add it to my list!

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  1. Where’d You Go Bernadette made me laugh so hard (I think you recommended it to me!). Also, Bill Bryson’s book on Australia, In a Sunburned Country, made me laugh so hard, I had trouble breathing. But don’t let that dissuade you! :)

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