Do You See the Humor in This?
Did you know that April is National Humor Month? If you have a great sense of humor, or even if you don’t, check out some of my favorite funny books!
Most people think of comic books when someone says “funny books.” Comic books were some of the first “books” I read as a child and I still have a fondness for Archie and the gang, Richie Rich, Casper and Wendy and all those other 1960’s comics. However, there are many, many other comic books to explore. Here is a sampling of what the library has to offer:
- Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
- Dilbert, by Scott Adams
- Garfield, by Jim Davis
- Peanuts, by Charles Schulz
One of my favorite genres is mystery. There are a number of mystery writers who do a great job of injecting humor into their books. I highly recommend these authors:
- Donna Andrews, author of the Meg Langslow mystery series set in the fictional town of Caerphilly, Virginia. Meg and her quirky extended family and assorted animals are hilarious, and you will find yourself laughing through most of the books.
- Lillian Jackson Braun, author of the Cat Who… mystery series featuring former newspaper reporter Jim Quilleran and his two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, who have a knack for solving mysteries.
- Jo Dereske, author of the Miss Zukas mystery series. Helma Zukas is a librarian in fictional Bellehaven, Washington, and is the stereotypical librarian–prim, proper, and absolutely hilarious. She too has a knack for getting involved in mysteries and solving them.
- Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series. Granny Apples, aka Ish Reynolds, is the ghost of Emma Whitecastle’s long-dead great, great, great grandmother. Emma can see and hear Granny Apples, who helps her solve mysteries. Granny Apples is a hoot, and it’s always fun to see her reactions to and interactions with modern culture.
- Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum mystery series. Stephanie is a bounty hunter in Trenton, New Jersey, and with the help of her friend, Lula, often finds herself in the most hilarious situations. These books are not to everyone’s taste, but I find them very funny.
There are many, many very funny fiction books out there, too many to list here, but here are three authors I like:
- Christopher Moore: His books feature an ordinary person going through extraordinary circumstances, usually involving the supernatural in some way, complete with dark humor. His books include Lamb, Fool, and Sacre Bleu. Again, these are not to everyone’s taste due to the dark humor.
- George MacDonald Fraser: The Flashman series, for fans of historical fiction. The character of Harry Flashman was first introduced as the bully in Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. Fraser relates Flashman’s adventures after he was expelled from school in the 1830s and ends up in the military, in the Eleventh Light Dragoons. Flashman is a scoundrel, almost an anti-hero, and his adventures are filled with humor and drama.
- Garrison Keillor: Author of the very popular Lake Wobegon books, set in a small town in Minnesota.
And, for science fiction fans, try:
- Piers Anthony: His books are set in the land of Xanth, where everyone possesses magic except Bink of North Village, who has to discover his magic before he is expelled from Xanth.
- Terry Pratchett: The first book of his Discworld series, The Color of Magic introduces Twoflower and the wizard guide Rincewind.
- Douglas Adams: Author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, which follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, who is rescued from Earth by his friend Ford Prefect moments before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway.
I hope these books will make you laugh, or at least chuckle. Enjoy!
∼ Vicky, Reference Librarian, Warrenton central library