Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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John Scalzi
KateM
4

I feel like it was inevitable that I would read Redshirts from the day I was born. I’m fairly certain my love for Star Trek was encoded in my genes, passed down on my father’s side of the family, though my mother became a Trekkie convert later in life. In Star Trek the joke goes: “Kirk, Spock,...

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Lucy Knisley
Adelina
5

Graphic Novel meets Cooking Memoir.

Our strongest memories are often linked to our senses. It was delightful to follow Lucy Knisley down memory lane. Her book appeals to three senses: sight, taste and smell. Plus, she tickled my funny bone. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon visual...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Em
4

The Princess continues her innocent and weirdly terrifying adventures in this second installment of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, only this time she’s got her baby brother to take care of. We get a few hints about her mysteriously absent parents and more carnage courtesy of the Princess...

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Tom Watson
Thane
3

Stick Dog may be the perfect e book to read on an ipod or smartphone. It's short, which makes for good, quick episodic reading, when you're bored and just want to look at your phone for a few minutes. It's full of simple illustrations that look good on a really small screen. And it's also pretty...

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lily
5

My Dirty Dumb Eyes is dementedly funny and illustrated excellently. Vivid depictions of Hanawalt's strange mind left me laughing so hard I was in tears. She analyzes the television show the Bachelor, Planet of the Apes, and other worthy pop culture phenomena by questioning them...

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Gary Shteyngart
Alison
1

When the title of a book includes a form of the word 'absurd,' you should expect foolishness and senselessness:  unfortunately, Shteyngart's novel is more frustrating than it is compelling.  The first person narrator is, indeed, absurd, but to a degree that might be described as...

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Tim Federle
Becker
3

Nate from Better Nate Than Ever is back, and this time he's legitimately living in New York City with his aunt, in rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical as second understudy for E.T. himself. While it was great to hear Nate's voice again...

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John Scalzi
Colleen
4

Fans of both Star Trek and Galaxy Quest will enjoy this homage to 60s sci fi tv shows. The story revolves around Ensign Dahl, newly assigned to the starship Intrepid, who notices that all the low-ranking officers never come back from away missions. Is it bad luck? Or something more...

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Jim Gaffigan
Em
4

I picked up this book because I wanted to give audiobooks another chance. I figured this would be a safe choice since it’s read by Jim Gaffigan, and I already know I love listening to Jim Gaffigan. There’s certainly no one else I would be willing to listen to talk about parenthood. Some of this...

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Bob Shea
Em
5

This book was awesome. I mean, really, a jealous goat  and a “show-off” unicorn become best friends and realize their own strengths and weaknesses? Aw, right? And the illustrations are ridiculous and hilarious. They’re also straightforward and vibrant in a way sure to appeal to young...

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Carrie Fisher
Emily
3

Talk about honest and humor! It is amazing that Fisher writes about how crazy she is with the expectation, nay the hope, that you will laugh at her and not with her! This is definitely a roller coaster of a read, there are highs and lows as she explores her bipolar disorder, her relationship...

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Jennifer Crusie
Colleen
4

Whenever I need a good laugh, I reach for a Jennifer Crusie novel. What the Lady Wants reminds me of an old screwball comedy, filled with witty repartee between the attractive hero and heroine who are destined to fall in love. But these characters are drawn more realistically than...

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Tina Fey
Jennifer
4

What a fun audiobook. Tina Fey reads her own memoir about breaking into comedy and acting and her experiences as a working mother. A nice, well-written, light read. I've only watched a couple of episodes of her television show 30 Rock, still I found her...

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Jan Thomas
Colleen
4

I love Jan Thomas' picture books: filled with repetition, primary colors and only a few words per page, they are great for the beginning reader--and their caregiver. Especially if you want to giggle! In Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy, Thomas shows us it is okay to be afraid of the...

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Adams, Douglas
Adelina
5

I love "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", the entire series. I love Douglas Adams' quirky British absurdist humor. 

On that note, I loved this radio play of "Life, the Universe and Everything." This is the third book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. The radio...

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Simon Tofield
KateM
5

I was first introduced to Simon’s Cat as a series of wordless animated videos when it started in 2008, but the book form loses none of the original charm. Capturing the essence of the curious, annoying, loving, bossy, and self-centered cat, Simon Tofield’s simple drawings could represent any cat...

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Allie Brosh
KateM
5

Allie Brosh was catapulted into internet fame when she started the blog/semi-autobiographical webcomic titled Hyperbole and a Half. You may recognize her work in the beast known as  “Alot” or the meme “____ ALL THE THINGS!”, or more recently, her apt and candid depiction of depression....

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Bill Bryson
KateM
4

I will admit to being a reluctant non-fiction reader, avoiding most books shelved with a Dewey number like the plague. However, I picked up Bill Bryson’s At Home on a whim once and discovered, at last, that not all non-fiction has to be dry and boring. I downloaded the audio version of I’m A...

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Terry Pratchett
Thane
3

Terry Pratchett leaves behind the usual fantasy trappings that have been the hallmark of his prolific body of work to venture into something new with Dodger. This book is essentially a piece of historical fiction set in streets (and sewers) of London in the early 1800's. Fictional liberties are...

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Justin Halpern
seanamo
3

While there weren't really any laugh out loud funny moments, like there was in Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern does share some heartwarming and humorous anecdotes in his second book. I Suck at Girls documents vignettes along his journey from first kiss, through loss of virginity, to marriage proposal...

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D. E. (Dorothy Emily) Stevenson
April
4

Barbara Buncle is in a bind: her small but steady income has all but disappeared and she needs to find a way to make money fast.  She thinks writing a book might answer her financial problems, but as she is not very confident in her imagination, she decides to write only what she knows, and...

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Gail Carriger
Bobby
3

Vampires, werewolves, steampunk, and romance.  Any of these elements alone would typically have me scoffing without cracking open the cover.  But in an effort to expand my reading horizons and based on a colleague’s recommendation, I made it past my initial prejudices and enjoyed this...

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Rick Kirkman
Thane
5

Baby Blues is a good comic strip. It consistently delivers quality jokes on a daily basis. Its characters are engaging, sympathetic, and pretty funny. From time to time, it even pushes the boundaries of the strip format; particularly in its Sunday strips where the creators experiment with form...

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Justin Halpern
Lauren
2

Justin Halpern is more widely known for the Twitter feed and eventual book Sh*t My Dad Says. After his feed brought him fame, a book deal, and a TV show, he published I Suck at Girls, a humorous retrospective on his romantic life. From boyhood to his decision to propose to his...

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Jeffrey Brown
Angelita
4

I enjoyed the humor in this book. I am not an avid fan of Star Wars, but I am I do know enough references to understand some of the jokes in the books. I did find to be funnier than Darth Vader and Son. It's a quick read. It might even be entertaining for parents to share this with their...