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message 1: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia (pandoraphoebesmom) | 1378 comments 20.1 - The Most Improved Player - Cindy AL - April Fool
April Fool...read three 1000+ page books and write reviews of each without using your computer...April Fool! Read a humorous book of any type and write a short review.


message 2: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Granted, I am half asleep- but I totally fell for that at first.


message 3: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments OMG, you had me for a moment there. I was like, is it suppose to be 100? And then my heart stopped beating. lol, anyone have an suggestions?


message 4: by Nicole (last edited Mar 01, 2010 08:10PM) (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments I do indeed. Any of Laurie Notaro books are hilarious. I especially loved I Love Everybody.

I also think Jen Lancaster is extremely funny.


message 5: by Donna Jo (new)

Donna Jo Atwood | 3157 comments Kathryn wrote: "OMG, you had me for a moment there. I was like, is it suppose to be 100? And then my heart stopped beating. lol, anyone have an suggestions?"

How about CPR?


message 6: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments Nicole, do you know which books are REALLY funny? The Sookie books ;)

I'm a big fan of Christopher Buckley. Not all of them, but some are great. Thank You for Smoking is one of the funniest things I've ever read.

I also love P.G. Wodehouse. There are dozens, and many are short story collections. Jeeves is the most famous character, but I also love the others.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments Christopher Moore is supposed to be a humorist author.


message 8: by Diane (new)

Diane | 742 comments Hahahaha, you really had me going there! Too funny!


message 9: by Diane (last edited Mar 01, 2010 08:17PM) (new)

Diane | 742 comments Would Christopher Moore books qualify? Chelsea Handler?


message 10: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Ashley wrote: "Nicole, do you know which books are REALLY funny? The Sookie books ;)

I'm a big fan of Christopher Buckley. Not all of them, but some are great. Thank You for Smoking is one of the..."


Are you being serious, or being funny? lol

Anyhow, I am a big fan of Jen Lancaster and her new book is out May 4 and according to the library system I am going to be the 6th person to get a copy when they get them in! WOOHOO. It is called: My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments I think The Gospel According To Biff and Stupidest Angel do


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Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Diane wrote: "Would Christopher Moore books qualify?"

I can't think of a single book of his that wouldn't fit this task. :o) His new one comes out in May too.


message 13: by Erin (NY) (new)

Erin (NY) (erin_p) | 629 comments Would The Princess Bride work?
Thanks!


message 14: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments Nicole wrote: "Ashley wrote: "\I'm a big fan of Christopher Buckley. Not all of them, but some are great. [book:Thank You for Smoking|40465..."
Are you being serious, or being funny? lol


Well, I wonder if it is dated now. I think you are a bit younger than I am. When I first read it, smoking was treated very differently than it is now. I just re-read it recently and still thought it was funny, but I'm old.


message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments I watched the tv series Jeeves and Wooster so maybe I will check out one of those books.


message 16: by Cait (new)

Cait Poytress (caitertot) | 662 comments Ashley wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Ashley wrote: "\I'm a big fan of Christopher Buckley. Not all of them, but some are great. [book:Thank You for Smoking|40465..."
Are you being serious, or being funny? lol

Well, ..."


Lol, I thought she was asking you if you were being serious or funny about the Sookie books. ;o)


message 17: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments I think she was joking because Nicole is trying to fit them all in to the the challenge. lol


message 18: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments I didn't know anyone had even noticed at this point because I wasn't super gung ho about working them in (as in I was not going out of my way) but between Leora's Spring Cleaning Task and Bridgit's series task, I now have 3-7 in there, which are all the one I got for Christmas that I have not read yet.


message 19: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Cait wrote: "Ashley wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Ashley wrote: "\I'm a big fan of Christopher Buckley. Not all of them, but some are great. [book:Thank You for Smoking|40465..."
Are you being serious, or being fun..."


Yes I was!


message 20: by Alice (new)

Alice (aliceg) | 429 comments lol you had me going there too! i re read the first line three times thinking is she seriously saying THREE books over 1000 pages EACH???!!!!


message 21: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) So what are we meant to do? Please can someone explain?


message 22: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Fiona (Titch) wrote: "So what are we meant to do? Please can someone explain?"
Read a book that is funny and write a short review when you post for the task


message 23: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Nicole wrote: "Fiona (Titch) wrote: "So what are we meant to do? Please can someone explain?"
Read a book that is funny and write a short review when you post for the task"


Thanks Nicole x

What sort of book is classed as funny? Can I read Peter Kay's Biography?


message 24: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Fiona (Titch) wrote: "Nicole wrote: "Fiona (Titch) wrote: "So what are we meant to do? Please can someone explain?"
Read a book that is funny and write a short review when you post for the task"

Thanks Nicole x

W..."


I am going to think there must be a range since there are different types of humor out there. I would just double check any choices with Cindy!


message 25: by Cindy AL (new)

Cindy AL (cangelmd) | 664 comments Granted, I am half asleep- but I totally fell for that at first
OMG, you had me for a moment there. I was like, is it suppose to be 100? And then my heart stopped beating. lol, anyone have an suggestions?
lol you had me going there too! i re read the first line three times thinking is she seriously saying THREE books over 1000 pages EACH???!!!!


Mission accomplished - LOL. I especially like Ashley getting into the spirit of the thing bringing Sookie into it.

Nicole is exactly right - read a book that is humorous to you and write a short review. I should have put this in too, it would be great if the review told us why you think it is funny or what about it appeals to you if the book is obviously funny - like Christopher Moore or a joke book.

My definition of "funny" is pretty broad. The first time I ever laughed out loud while reading a book was on the school bus at about 12,reading the questing Beast chapters of the Once and Future King, not a book generally thought to be humorous.
Sorry, it took awhile to get here, but you guys figured this out on your own.


Sarah (Mood Reader) (bookworm1887) | 467 comments Can we read a book that is listed on goodreads humor genre list?


message 27: by Ashley FL (new)

Ashley FL | 732 comments Ohhhh. . . ok, I get it, Nicole. That's what I get for reading the boards while half watching tv.

I was joking about Sookie, because I had just read about your quest to get them all in on another thread. But actually, they are pretty funny!

I read a few Jen Lancaster books for the Winter Challenge, so I might do another one of those (being a reality tv addict, the new one appeals to me). Or maybe just Wodehouse. Because I Love Those and they make me happy!


message 28: by Cindy AL (new)

Cindy AL (cangelmd) | 664 comments Can we read a book that is listed on goodreads humor genre list?

Of course


message 29: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments You know...I get what you mean Cindy. I laugh out loud at books that are not inherently humorous. Case in point: Blue's father in Special Topics in Calamity Physics has made me lose it a few times (I have read some of his little speeches out loud to my husband).


message 31: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments I wonder if The Ski Mask Way would qualify! Esp since many of us Seasonals have had great amusement talking about that book.


message 32: by Katie (new)

Katie (katieisallbooked) | 263 comments Celia Rivenbark is probably the funniest author I've ever read.

I'll second Laurie Notaro, too.


message 33: by Bridgit (new)

Bridgit | 515 comments All these could work too: Janet Evanovich
Carl Hiaasen
Harry Shearer
Personally, I find Jasper Fforde very funny
or any comic book - like The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Dilbert

David Sedaris
Mary Janice Davidson


message 34: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments I wonder Katie MacAlister would be considered humorous. She primarily writes romance but there's so much HUMOR in it that I don't feel bad going down the romance aisle to pick her books up.

With titles as...
Ain't Myth-Behaving
The Corset Diaries
Hard Day's Knight
Blow Me Down


message 35: by Fiona (Titch) (new)

Fiona (Titch) Hunt (titch) Think I will read The Sound of Laughter if this is approved?


message 36: by Cindy AL (new)

Cindy AL (cangelmd) | 664 comments Fiona, that sounds perfect.

Tanja, if it is funny to you, it is funny! The idea is to get at least one good laugh.

It is very personal, I find Carl Hiassen darkly funny, but Douglas Adams to me is more absurd than funny, I miss a bit with English humor.


message 37: by Cindie (new)

Cindie | 1665 comments Nicole wrote: "You know...I get what you mean Cindy. I laugh out loud at books that are not inherently humorous. Case in point: Blue's father in Special Topics in Calamity Physics has made me lose it ..."

I loved that book!


message 38: by Usako (new)

Usako (bbmeltdown) | 1341 comments Absurd is funny ^.^ Monty Python is a great example of absurd humor. The Complete Monty Python's Flying Circus; All the Words Volume One!


message 39: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Bridgit wrote: "All these could work too: Janet Evanovich
Carl Hiaasen
Harry Shearer
Personally, I find Jasper Fforde very funny
or any comic book - like..."


I have been meaning to start her Stephanie Plum series (is that right?). I have the first book. Maybe I will have that be my funny book.


Jayme(the ghost reader) (jaymeiltheghostreader) | 2915 comments I have a Janet Evanovich book. It's the first in its series. I can use that and that way I don't have to borrow from the library.


message 41: by Kate (new)

Kate (kathrynlouwca) | 1028 comments Jayme wrote: "I have a Janet Evanovich book. It's the first in its series. I can use that and that way I don't have to borrow from the library."

Hey, great minds think alike!


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) I have to say - I read your task and almost choked. I like big books, but three? THEN I got the joke. It took me a while to realize that April Fool's does fall during this challenge, LOL!


message 43: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Cindie wrote: "Nicole wrote: "You know...I get what you mean Cindy. I laugh out loud at books that are not inherently humorous. Case in point: Blue's father in Special Topics in Calamity Physics has m..."

ME TOO! It seems to be a book people either strongly love or strongly hate. I just finished it about an hour ago. I am still kind of floating in the world of the book. I won't forget it any time soon and with as much as I read, I forget a lot of books.

PS- Sorry to hijack the task post...just dying to discuss it with someone who has read it!


message 44: by Katy (new)

Katy | 621 comments I looooove Lisa Lutz's Spellman series of mysteries. I laugh out loud on every one - highly recommended! And I think the newest one is coming out this month - excellent!


message 45: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 198 comments Nicole wrote: "Cindie wrote: "Nicole wrote: "You know...I get what you mean Cindy. I laugh out loud at books that are not inherently humorous. Case in point: Blue's father in [book:Special Topics in Calamity Phys..."

Well I guess I will just have to go get this book next from the library!


message 46: by Rachel Lee (new)

Rachel Lee (rlcwt9) | 271 comments Katy wrote: "I looooove Lisa Lutz's Spellman series of mysteries. I laugh out loud on every one - highly recommended! And I think the newest one is coming out this month - excellent!"

That is the book I have slated for this task too. I love the Spellman series!


message 47: by Jen B (new)

Jen B (jennybee618) | 322 comments Wow, so many good suggestions I don't even know where to begin! I'm reading Special Topics right now. I'm having a little trouble getting into the long-winded style of it, but I do agree the father is hilarious. Maybe b/c I've worked in an academic setting for too long -- I know way too many people who are actually like that!

Also have the Spellmans and Jen Lancaster on my shelf...and I think Carl Hiaasen is hilarious, too (Skinny Dip is my favorite of his). Too many choices!


message 48: by Nicki (new)

Nicki H (nickihermann) Would Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson work for this task? It is definitly a humorous series but it is a bit on the short side so not sure it is okay for a 20 point task...its only 173 pages...


message 49: by Jennifer N. (new)

Jennifer N. | 422 comments Would A Confederacy of Dunces work for this task?


message 50: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1314 comments Nicki wrote: "Would Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson work for this task? It is definitly a humorous series but it is a bit on the short side so not ..."

I think the rule is 100 pages or more. You can read less than 100 pages for 5 point tasks (but sparingly)


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