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Funny Books to Cheer You Up

We all have days where things just don’t go right and we feel a little down. That’s why today, we’ve come up with a great list of books that’ll cheer you up in different ways. Whether you need a good dose of dark humour or a romantic escape, we’ve got the book for you!

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”

Have you ever had days when you reflect on life, think that it’s kind of meaningless and start to wonder if you’ve turned into a nihilist? Well! The best thing to do is to laugh about life’s inevitable end, and Good Omens will help you do just that.

The end of the world is coming, which is bad news to the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who have grown accustomed to their comfortable lives in England. In order to postpone the end of the world, they decide to work together to keep an eye on the Antichrist, who is destined to be the son of a prominent diplomat. But due to infant mishandling in the hospital, they’ve got the wrong boy.

Borrow this book for a hilarious take on angels, devils, 17th-century prophets, witches, witchfinders, and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. A collaborative masterpiece by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

 

How to Party with an Infant by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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If you’re a stressed-out mum running after the little ones, this light, feel-good read with a satisfyingly predictable romance is the perfect one for you ;).

It centres on Mele, a single mum in San Francisco who has just been invited to her daughter’s father’s (aka ex-boyfriend’s) wedding. Annoyed with how perfect his fiancee is, she tries to distract herself by filling out a questionnaire for a cookbook writing contest. However, instead of answering the questions normally, she uses them to vent out hilarious stories and recipes.

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This story captures modern parenthood among richer parents with warm, self-deprecating characters you can’t help but adore.

 

Calypso by David Sedaris

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If you’re feeling a bit lonely navigating your day-to-day activities, we’d recommend checking out Calypso—a good family comedy that is confiding, approachable, funny and uplifting. 

David Sedaris is the kind of guy you just want to listen to for ages — he has the best stories to tell, mostly about his family who are full of colourful characters. In Calypso, the action revolves around the family’s beach house which he bought and named “The Sea Section” (ha, get it?).

The stories/essays range from his FitBit obsession to his brother living out his midlife crisis via juicing to nocturnal encounters with a fox named Carol. It also includes heavier themes like ageing and mortality, making it both a funny book and a tender portrait of a flawed family. Check it out here.

 

Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes from the Horrible ’70s by James Lileks

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Ranting makes us feel better, and who doesn’t love an author who does it so scathingly?

James Lileks hates everything about the decade he was born in, and this is his revenge. With a hideous collection of the worst of 1970s interior designs, you’ll learn to detest this grim period almost as much as the author himself. If the shocking pictures won’t make you giggle, the hilarious and harsh commentary definitely will. A funny read for anyone remotely interested in design, and a painful sight for anyone who takes it seriously. Borrow it here.

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“If you had a persistent rash, this would be a good room; you’d look right at home. If you wanted a decor to blend in with the exploded capillaries on your alcoholic schnozz, this would be a good room. (…)”
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