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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Moonlight Reader's 30 Day Challenge: Day 07

If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? - Erma Bombeck Summer of the Monkeys - Wilson Rawls A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf - Molly Harper

07: A book that makes you laugh.


I don't read a huge amount of humor, so I have to go pretty deep into the well for these selections.


First: If Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries, What am I Doing in the Pits by Irma Bombeck. I am a child of the 1970's and 1980's, and I distinctly remember reading this book after I caught my mom laughing while reading it. Strangely, I also found it absolutely hilarious. I can't remember a lot about it, except that it induced snort-laughter.


Second: The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. Rawls is more famous for his epically sad Where the Red Fern Grows than he is for this work of fiction. I also believe, although it is again difficult to remember, that this book does have some sad parts. However, this book was read aloud to my entire fourth grade class, and I recall with total clarity that all of us found the antics of the monkeys to be serious giggle material.


Third: Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, which contains one of the funniest stories about a bear that has ever been written. Also, canned goods. This is one of those books that I read, sitting on the couch next to my football-watching-husband, and he would periodically look askance at me because I was laughing out loud. Not the fake, internet lol, but the actual laughing while reading that causes people to look at you like you are crazy.


Fourth: Molly Harper's The Art of Seducing Naked Werewolf. I love Molly Harper's PNRs. They have a much lighter, happier feel to them than most PNRs. Much chortling ensued with this one. Her vampire series is also good, but I really prefer the werewolves.


So, there you have it: snort-laughter, giggles, husband-distracting-lols or chortling. Take your laughter pick.