Every reader his or her book. Every book its reader. These are Ranganathan’s Second and Third Laws of Library Science…and concepts that I have always loved. What do these mean? To put it simply – we don’t all have to like the same books. Some of us read for education; some of us read for engagement; some of us read for escape. Me? I read to laugh. I love books that are funny. They aren’t always deep, and they aren’t always enlightening; in fact, they can sometimes be a little inappropriate…but, they are always good for a giggle.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been sitting in a busy waiting room and burst out laughing because of something that I read. Unfortunately, this is almost always followed by that awkward moment when people look towards the cover of my book, and it’s something offensive like “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern.” (Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE eReaders). I challenge you to listen to a David Sedaris audiobook while driving alone. You, too, will have the privilege of experiencing literature induced embarrassment. Trust me – other drivers WILL notice your maniacal laughter, but in the end it’s worth it. We all need a good laugh here and there.
We recently asked our Online Book Club about books that have made them LOL, literally. Here are some of the popular choices:
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris
How to Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
Bitter is the New Black, by Jen Lancaster
My Horizontal Life, by Chelsea Handler
Stephanie Plum novels, by Janet Evanovich
We’d love for you to share any of your Laugh out Loud book recommendations with us.