As you probably know, our dear Lauren is vacationing and she’s (perhaps unwisely) turned Books, Tea, and Me over to ME today! I’m Katie. I write over at Words for Worms on the regular, but I’m always flattered when people ask me to guest post. Thanks, Lauren, my ego is now GIGANTIC!
My all time favorite movie is Mary Poppins, and not simply because of the animated penguins (though let’s be honest, those don’t hurt!) There is a scene (including a delightful song) where the crew end up enjoying their tea on the ceiling because their laughter simply bubbles them up to great heights… Therefore, let us talk about funny books! Let’s do a top 5 roundup, shall we?
1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I was given Me Talk Pretty One Day about 10 years ago as a birthday gift. It’s one of the first books I can remember laughing aloud at. And I’m not talking “LOL” because that no longer means “laughing out loud.” The internet savvy all know that “LOL” really means “that was mildly amusing at best.” Sedaris had me audibly chortling- giggling at high volumes. Humor is a tricky and everyone’s got a different take on it. Sedaris might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I urge you to give him a shot if you haven’t yet.
2. Daisy Fay and The Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg. I absolutely adore Fannie Flagg. She’s got a down home Southern charm that is impossible to resist. She has a gift for creating quirky small town characters that just warm your heart. Some of the shenanigans her characters get into just tickle me. Daisy Fay’s foray into beauty pageants made me laugh SO HARD. Sure, it helps that I once participated in a “scholarship program” that required parading around in prom dresses, but it is seriously funny stuff. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Fannie Flagg is my happy place!
3. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Yep, I think The Bloggess is one of the most hilarious broads on this planet of ours. Her memoir was the sort of book that would be dangerous to read while drinking a beverage. Snarfling liquids through one’s nose really hurts. Not like I know or anything. I’m much too classy to have ever had that happen… For my birthday this year, my friend went to Jenny Lawson’s book signing and got me an autographed copy of her book. Then she made me this AMAZING picture so it’s LIKE I WAS THERE!
4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I have loved this book since high school. Bridget is so awkward and silly, but she’s neurotic in such a relatable way. The parts that made me laugh the hardest were Bridget’s cooking escapades. I’m a hot mess in the kitchen, so blue soup? Yes, yes. That could have been me.
5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I absolutely adore Mindy Kaling. She was hysterical as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, she’s fabulous on The Mindy Project, and she wrote an autobiography. Her “concerns” are off-beat and endearing. I totally have a girl crush on her. How could I not? She got famous by impersonating Matt Damon and Ben Affleck with a friend. Just… Just picture it for a second and try not to laugh. You can’t. Because it’s ridiculous. And wonderful… Just like Mindy Kaling.
What are some of your favorite books when you need a laugh? Come on, don’t be shy. Share with the group!
Special thanks to Lauren for giving me the reigns for the day! I had a blast!