Today’s Booking Through Thursday looks short and sweet but is actually really, really hard. “What is the funniest book you have read recently?” And do you know what I am really having to wrack my brain as it sounds easy but thinking back it really isn’t. I suppose it all really depends on what you classify as funny.
I suppose books that make me laugh out loud (generally on the tube when it suddenly for a rare moment goes silent) tend to be quite dry. For example Hotel du Lac in parts really made me giggle at the narrator, and therefore the authors, dry witty statements and observations of types of people. I don’t like it to be cruel, just very observational. Nancy Mitford is a prime example of an author who can make me laugh out loud, and sometimes for hours with dry, sometimes brittle, humour both in ‘The Pursuit of Love’ and in some of the anthologies of her letters.
If we are going on ‘funny ha, ha’ then I am a bit stumped I would say autobiographies by comedians are always good for a laugh. Last year I read both Dawn French and Alan Carr’s books and they did give me the wonderful pre-Christmas giggles on the tube. Alan Carr’s humour particularly translates straight from his head to page, whereas Dawn French’s was a much better book overall though both were funny.
It’s looking like actually I don’t read anything funny. In fact probably the last time I read something out loud was when I was reading my cousins some childrens books and I think I was enjoying them more than they were.
I clearly need inspiration for some more funny reads, in fact I think its best I simply beg you all to comment and leave me your recommendations of a really funny read (no joke books – too obvious) as I do like them now and again but it’s a style of book that I tend to forget, apart from at Christmas when you see all those novelty books here there and everywhere which I have to say don’t do it for me. Oh actually two did last year, I shall pop pictures of the one that really, really made me laugh. Though you might think ill of me, ha!
Honestly it made me laugh and laugh in fact books like ‘My Cat Hates You’ and ‘Pet’s With Tourette’s’ do make me giggle in book shops but I wouldnt normally buy them. The above though was bought for me by a friend who thought it was ‘very me’! But what else that isn’t novelty is out there? What funny fiction is out there, or very funny memoirs. Ooh Silly Savidge Reads I have just finished a very funny memoir that is on the blog tomorrow… I shall leave you in suspense.
In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations as I think we could all do with a nice hearty laugh now and again. So do divulge…