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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments If the two chosen group reads don't put a smile on your face, feel free to read another book that does.

This is quite a subjective theme this month. Read a book which makes you smile. It might be by your favourite author, a favourite genre, the front cover might make you smile for some reason, it might be a funny book, a light read, perhaps there are smiling people on the front cover, etc. etc.

Please discuss your book in this thread. Please also tell us why the book you have chosen makes you smile!

In order to receive a badge you must:
1. have completed the book before or during August 2016
2. discussed it in this thread. Discussion must be more than "I read the book and I liked it". Discussion requires something more substantial and analytical of what you read, for example, thoughts, opinions, impact it had on you, what was your favourite part, was it what you expected it to be like etc. You may also like to review the book and post a link to the review in this thread.
3. Report that you have read AND discussed the book in the reporting thread (including a brief summary of what you thought of the book).

General Rules:
1. Please mark your spoilers with the spoiler tags along with mentioning what stage of the book you are at so other's don't get a nasty shock.


message 2: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 15548 comments I started my book, Just One Day, this morning. I chose it because the cover makes me smile, and because the blurb reminds of the movie Before Sunrise which left me feeling happy and I'm hoping the book will do the same. So far, I had some smiling moments :)


message 3: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments I'm waiting for The Garden of Evening Mists to arrive for the monthly read, so I thought I'd find something from the library that might make me smile. I'l try This is Where I Leave You.


message 4: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 14932 comments I'm reading Odd Hours. Something about Odd makes me smile. :) Also, the new Harry Potter later in the month because I'm so happy to have more HP.


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments I agree about Odd making you smile Kristie. He is a fab character. It's hard not to like him.


message 6: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments I started the book And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
I started it as another groups monthly read.
I enjoyed one book by her few months back A Pocket Full of Rye and am expecting to enjoy this book too..the beginning looks promising....


message 7: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Kristie wrote: "I'm reading Odd Hours. Something about Odd makes me smile. :) Also, the new Harry Potter later in the month because I'm so happy to have more HP."

Do tell how it is.just thinking about HP makes one happy.


message 8: by Cherie (last edited Aug 01, 2016 03:58PM) (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments TrudyAn wrote: "I'm waiting for The Garden of Evening Mists to arrive for the monthly read, so I thought I'd find something from the library that might make me smile. I'l try [book:This is Where I ..."

Isn't it awful that we never get together until someone passes away? The last time I saw my father and cousins was when my uncle died. It was the worst of times and the best of times, because we had such a good time talking and catching up.


message 9: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments Sarah wrote: "I agree about Odd making you smile Kristie. He is a fab character. It's hard not to like him."

I never thought of Odd for this subject, but I agree. He makes me smile too. I really need to read the next books!


message 10: by siriusedward (last edited Aug 01, 2016 02:20PM) (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Cherie wrote: "TrudyAn wrote: "I'm waiting for The Garden of Evening Mists to arrive for the monthly read, so I thought I'd find something from the library that might make me smile. I'l try [book:..."

True.i t is a sad thing that we are not able to meet up more when our near ones are living.then life is too busy.too many things to do and learn..


message 11: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments Cherie wrote: "Isn't it awful that we never get together until someone passes away? The last time I saw my father and cousins was when my uncle died. It was the worst of times and the best of times, because we had such a good time talking and catching up.."

So true. We are often so busy with our day-to-day lives that sometimes important relationships are neglected.

The book is an easy read, and I made my way through a good part of it today. I have mixed feelings about it, but there are definitely some great one liners, and it has definitely made me smile. :)


message 12: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 15548 comments I'm 40% done with Just One Day and so far it made me smile a few times but the main character also annoys me. She's this really well-behaved girl who never does anything crazy, but then she does and all the time she's still whiny and clingy and still not just living in that moment and I want to kick her.


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments You're comment made me smile Peggy :-)


message 14: by Renee (new)

Renee (elenarenee) | 1649 comments Cherie wrote: "Sarah wrote: "I agree about Odd making you smile Kristie. He is a fab character. It's hard not to like him."

I never thought of Odd for this subject, but I agree. He makes me smile too. I really n..."


me too I love Odd


message 15: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 14932 comments I'm 35% in already and enjoying it. :) It really is a fun series.


message 16: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments I enjoyed the book And Then There Were None...very much..it definitely put a smile on my face after reading it.this was my second agatha christie.
I chose it as it was a monthly read book by another group.
I loved how the book started...the attitude of each character as they embarked on a journey...and the scene where the indictment of each person was given was the one i loved...along with the scene where the Dr went missing..just vanished...
And the last letter...
It is very superficial i guess..but it was very enjoyable..
Guilt and the various way people reacted to it...
Mr.Lombard was the most honest about his nature but i disliked Vera very much as she was very much of a hypocrite and ready to judge others when her crime was very great...and as for the General i could sympathise with him...the Dr was guilty of medical negligence and the servants of Murder..Miss Brent was self righteous but she was not responsible for murder...and Lombard was guitly...but he did not hide it or try to color it...the judge was passing a judgement...
The mystery was well done


message 17: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments I have finished This is Where I Leave You. This is yet another novel about a dysfunctional family, complete with history and emotional baggage, that circumstance has brought together for a few days. I am always suspect of a writer of adult fiction who feels the need to resort to scatalogical humour. The book also includes many slapstick-type moments - one involving a birthday cake, another a baby monitor; most are unrealistic. This type of "humour" hasn't appealed to me since I was a kid, and it was a huge distraction from the story. I also tired of the constant objectification of women.

On the positive side, the book deals with issues faced by many families (infidelity, divorce, lesbianism, infertility, death of a spouse/parent, past grudges, past loves), though not in any unique way. Some passages were truly funny, and there were a number of great turns of phrase. It was a quick and easy read. I am feeling generous, so have given it three stars.

Has anyone else read this book? I would be curious as to what you thought of it.


message 18: by Peggy, Moderator (new)

Peggy (pebbles84) | 15548 comments I finished Just One Day. Although the middle part was mostly me being annoyed by the main character, it got better in the last part and I can say the book made me smile :) the last part was like a romantic comedy which is not anything brilliant and often unrealistic, but does leave you happy and smiling.


message 19: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 887 comments Yup and smiling is very important...


message 20: by Janice, Moderator (new)

Janice (jamasc) | 51488 comments Deleted duplicate messages.


message 21: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 14932 comments I finished Odd Hours. As usual it made me smile. There was one section where I was laughing out loud at some dialogue and had to explain myself because I was with other people. lol

I have to admit that I think there are some writing issues in the book. For example, Koontz loves to go into a lot of detail every so often and it messes with the pacing of the books. Somehow I always give allowances for that (as well as a couple of other issues) in these books. I really enjoy Odd and his stories.

This particular installment added a couple of characters to the storyline that look like they may be sticking around for a while. I found these characters interesting and will be looking forward to learning more about them in the next installment.

I think this is the first time one of the Odd Thomas books has left me with more questions than it answered. There was some strange stuff going on in this one and it wasn't all wrapped up in the end. I'll be looking forward to getting some of those questions answered in the next installment as well.


message 22: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments I've just started reading This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. The title alone makes me smile. This is book 2 in a series and i thought book 1 was crazy, stupid, weird but incredibly fun. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments so i'm hoping for much of the same with this one.


message 23: by Renee (new)

Renee (elenarenee) | 1649 comments siriusedward wrote: "I enjoyed the book And Then There Were None...very much..it definitely put a smile on my face after reading it.this was my second agatha christie.
I chose it as it was a monthly read b..."


This is one of my all time favorites. The book has such a creepy atmosphere. It also has one of the best endings I have ever read.


message 24: by Annerlee (new)

Annerlee | 2713 comments I wasn't sure I could take part in this one... but I've just got hold of a book with an amazing title... Quest for the Holey Snail
Quest for the Holey Snail by Rob Johnson

How could that not make me smile..? It's got a mystery, a time machine, everything! It's probably hit or miss on the humour front, but I could do with a lighthearted read, so... I just need to finish one of the 4 other books I have on the go

The title also starts with a Q, so it's ideal for geocaching in Botswana. That's how I found it (lol)


message 25: by Cherie (new)

Cherie (crobins0) | 20686 comments It sounds like it will fit the bill, to me, Annerlee. The title makes me smile too. I hope it is as fun as it sounds!


message 26: by Joan (new)

Joan Annerlee, it sounds like as much fun as the film "Time Bandits"


message 27: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2500 comments TrudyAn wrote: "I have finished This is Where I Leave You. This is yet another novel about a dysfunctional family, complete with history and emotional baggage, that circumstance has brought together..."

I have read it TrudyAn - for one of my live book group reads. I did not enjoy it at all, it was, as you mentioned, slapstick and sometimes crude humor that does nothing for me and I thought it was a waste of my time - definitely not a book group discussion book IMO, so surprise, surprise, I gave it one star.


message 28: by TrudyA (new)

TrudyA (trudyan) | 1666 comments Lilisa, yes, I was overly generous with the three stars. If I hadn't been reading it for the theme read, I doubt that I would have finished it.


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments I'm a third of my way in to the book I'm reading for this theme. It is absurd. For stupid and crazy than the first book. But it's so much fun. It's making me laugh that's for sure. Here are a couple buts I've highlighted. It might be a case of "you had to be there" but they made me laugh.

In spoiler tags due to expletives :-)
(view spoiler)

There are a lot of spiders in this book. As the title of the book suggests. And they do nasty things so it's definitely not a book for people with spider phobias. Some parts of the book are a bit graphic with violence but it's funny. Think old b movie style horror flicks. Many people have classed it as horror but i really don't see that. It's just nonsense and funny. But that's just me. I have a weird sense of hunour.


message 30: by Lilisa (new)

Lilisa | 2500 comments TrudyAn wrote: "Lilisa, yes, I was overly generous with the three stars. If I hadn't been reading it for the theme read, I doubt that I would have finished it."

:-)


message 31: by Tasha (last edited Aug 12, 2016 02:53AM) (new)

Tasha I read Wesley the Owl The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl. I love owls and who wouldn't smile at this cover?! He is so cute and the story was a cute one as well. There were some funny moments in this story as well definitely making me smile. :)

I learned a lot about owls including that they mate for life and that the male/father owl is the one who works tirelessly to bring home the food for the babies and momma in the nest, working constantly to keep his family fed. They are very smart and sensitive as well. Wesley lives with his human all his life and has bonded with her. It's a wonderful little 'love' story. While not a page-turner it's a cute, lovable story.


message 32: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments I started listening to Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls a few days ago. I always think of David Sedaris as someone to listen to rather than read. Last night I was listening before bed when Sedaris got to a section about what he did to animals as a little boy. I knew I couldn't handle damage to baby sea turtles before bed, so switched to another book.

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant is awesome! Fred is a nerd who was tortured in high school, now has a boring life, and since becoming a vampire has found that his life is no more interesting than it was before. Then he attends his 10 year high school reunion and things start to get a bit more interesting. The dry, matter-of-fact way Fred goes about his life, with his conflict-avoidant personality, leads to some pretty funny moments and observations. While Fred wants a more exciting life, he also likes safety, so I'm interested in seeing how he does through the rest of the book.


message 33: by Kristie, Moderator (new)

Kristie | 14932 comments I've already finished my book for the month and reported, but felt the need to state that I am also re-reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone this month. I love this fun series. There is really something about it that makes me smile.


message 34: by Lara (new)

Lara | 1426 comments I finished The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant, and it was a treat. I recommend it, although it was originally published as a bunch of separate short stories, so there is some repetition to help those who hadn't read an earlier story. Not too much, and the voice is dry and perfect. The audiobook narration is spot on as well.


message 35: by Sam F (new)

Sam F | 246 comments I finished Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson which I thought would make me smile/laugh. I love his other books and have often laughed out loud while reading them. I've read the funny parts to my daughter to make her laugh as well. Unfortunately I didn't find this one as funny. He still writes with characteristic wit and sarcasm, but it wasn't laugh out loud funny. As I was reading it, I learned that he does write a follow-up to this book, returning to the island after living in the states. I will read that one in the future to see how things have changed.


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 18222 comments I finished This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It. I've rated it 4 stars although it's really a 3.5. I liked it for the first half but then it started to grate on me. It wasn't so funny or perhaps it became samey that i didn't notice it was funny. I thought the plot was easier to understand than that of book one so it was a better story in that respect. As much as i loved book 1 and the first half of this book, in particular the humour, i think there is a limit to how much of it i can take. And clearly i have reached it. I probably won't bother continuing the series if another one is released in the future. For now, I've killed another series.


message 37: by Lori Z (new)

Lori Z | 1897 comments I read G'Day to Die for this month's theme. This book is part of the Passport to Peril Mystery Series and all the previous ones I've read have all made me smile, so I thought this would be a good bet for this theme. Plus bonus, it's on my geo-cache challenge!

There's a few things that make me smile with this book and series. First I enjoy the goofy word play of the titles. Then there are the characters. The main character, Emily Andrew is a tour escort for a senior citizen group and anything that can go wrong will, with this quirky set of characters. Of course, there's a murder which is nothing to smile about, but you have to laugh as you follow Emily's deductive reasoning, along with her Nana's help.

Anyway, I really enjoyed another tour with Emily and company and gave it 4 stars.


message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan Guard | 695 comments I chose to read Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter by Diane Kelly. This book is the latest in the Death, Taxes and ... series featuring Tara Holloway. She is an IRS agent living in Dallas tasked with hunting down people who are cheating on their taxes. She is a 5'2" bundle of energy raised in East Texas that works hard at being taken seriously. I have thoroughly enjoyed the series, Tara reminds me of the Stephanie Plum - just in a very Texas way rather than New Jersey. If you're a Plum fan I think you would enjoy this series also.


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