Laugh out loud

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying that laughter is the best medicine, so to ensure we all stay in optimum health, enabling us to read more books (and write some reviews), this month its time to read something funny, witty, amusing, hilarious, or at least a book that makes you smile! Did you know that laughter stimulates five different parts of the brain, so reading a humorous book can actually help keep your brain from aging? (Another good reason to read something fun!). So what kind of literature makes you laugh? Do you like black humour, comedy, joke books, satire or parody? Hopefully there’s something here to tickle your funny bone…

  • The Hitch hikers guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. This is an amusing classic science fiction story about Arthur Dent and his good friend Ford Prefect (who is secretly an alien). Minutes before Earth is destroyed by the Vogons, (who need to make way for an intergalactic highway), the two adventurers hitch a ride in a passing spaceship…

  • Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. A very funny series featuring a female bounty hunter, named Stephanie Plum. Read about her antics in a series of seventeen books, starting with “One for the money” (or if you’re already a fan, place a request for the latest instalment “Smokin Seventeen” on order at the library now).

  • One of our Thursday’s is missing” by Jasper Fforde. The sixth book in the comic fantasy series, Thursday next. Includes plenty of parody, puns and wry observations about the literary world.

  • Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham. Something different from his usual legal thriller, the title says it all.

  • Catch 22” by Joseph Heller. Published in1961, this is a classic you may like to try. It’s a comedic attack on military establishment that has survived the test of time.

  • Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett. This is the latest hilarious instalment of Sir Terence’s comic fantasy Discworld series, consisting of 39 novels, 6 short stories and more. Read all about Discworld, and meet all its wacky characters- witches and wizards, gods, Death, trolls and a librarian who has been turned into an ape.

  • Bridget Jones Diary” by Helen Fielding. Seen the movie? Now read the book (before you watch the musical) The original, laugh out loud, chick lit novel.

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella. Another one for the girls! If you like shopping you’ll love these books! They follow the hilarious life and shopping adventures of Becky Bloomwood. The latest release is “Mini Shopaholic”.

So, what books make you laugh out loud?