5 Best Books … That Made Me Laugh
March 11, 2011 33 Comments
Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston has started a new meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.
This week, the topic is 5 Books that made me laugh. I don’t laugh out loud (or cry) very often when reading books, but these books had me chuckle at the least and in some cases, laughing in inappropriate situations, such as while travelling on the train.
My first choice is A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka. In this book, an eighty-something widower, originally from the Ukraine, falls in love and marries a thirty-something woman, pink and fluffy. His daughters suspect that she’s after his money and an English passport and try anything to annul the marriage.
The woman is very forceful and moves into his house with her 14-year old son. Oh, and there is also a “bebby” on the way!
Last year, I read E-Squared by Matt Beaumont and this caused me to laugh out loud a lot! The story centres around an advertising agency called Meerkat360 and is mainly a collection of emails, text messages and blog posts by a variety of people, mostly employees of the agency.
It took me a long time to figure out what was happening but there were all kinds of hilarious events, such as a drugged dog on the loose in the office, someone answering Nigerian emails asking for money, etc.
It was seriously funny!
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella is the best chick-lit I know and one of my favorite books. Although highly unbelievable, this is a great and extremely funny story about a high flying woman who, after problems at her work, finds herself, quite by accident, employed as a housekeeper.
She can’t cook, she has never cleaned before but she can smooze her way out of things and rather than being thrown out, her employers eventually don’t want to let her go.
As you can imagine this is full of funny misunderstandings and slap-stick situations.
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis is my fourth choice. This is the story about an university teacher in his first year of employment. Certain things have happened in the recent past that may have affected Jim’s reputation amongst his colleagues and he is trying very hard to improve their opinion of him.
It only gets worse, though, as he often solves awkward situations in an unconventional way, which is embarrassing when the truth comes out, which it invariably does.
The book is not only funny, it’s also toe-curling because of all the bad decisions Jim makes.
My last book is High Society by Ben Elton. This is a roller-coaster ride featuring Peter Paget, a minor member of the British parliament. He attempts to convince his colleagues and the public that all types of drugs should be legalised.
Peter’s story is intermixed with stories about drug users, such as a heroin prostitute, a famous pop star and a British drug smuggler imprisoned in Bangkok.
The book makes you laugh and cry but things end well. At least, for some people…