Book Genre: Humor and Comedy

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Franz Kafka
Michael
3

Amerika by Franz Kafka was published in 1927, after the author's death. It was his first novel, and it was left unfinished.

The main character, Karl Rossmann, is sent to the USA after a scandal in which a housemaid seduces him. After landing in America, ...

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Janet Evanovich
Manon
2

I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels.  In this case, however, I give the book two stars for a few reasons.  Although the books are still humorous and easy to read, as someone who has read all the others, I have started to recognize canned phrases and humor.  The...

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Arthur de Pins
Angelita
4

This graphic novel is a part of a series, and it is the first of the series. This is definitely a quick read, but when I was done reading I was unhappy because I will have to wait for the second book. I believe the books are first published in another language, then translated to English. I am...

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Stephen Chbosky
Kristen M
5

This was one of those weird instances where I saw the movie before reading the book but as soon as I finished the movie, I put myself on hold for the book. The books is written as a collection of letters that Charlie sends to a never named "Friend". These letters tell of his day to day...

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Nora Ephron
Jennifer B.
1

To borrow from Roger Ebert: I hated, hated, hated this book.  Here's why:

  • Norah Ephron reads it herself, in a monotone.  Instead of using any inflection in her voice, she just talks louder at times....
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Adam Mansbach
Hope H
5

If you've had any part in helping to raise a small child, or if you plan to, you need to read this hilarious book about the follies of actually putting that child to bed. Adam Mansbach perfectly captures the sleep-deprived anger and frustration inherent in trying to convince a toddler to go...

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Lemony Snicket
Kristen M
3

The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket is about the adventures of a little lump of coal, in a little tux, who dreams of becoming an artist despite what all the naysayers and phonies say on his quest. Soon he  becomes discouraged and settles for something that is better than nothing. It is only...

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Daniel Manus Pinkwater
Hope
3

Arthur Bobowicz is sent out of his home with a very important task- he must pick up the turkey for the family's Thanksgiving dinner, even though nobody even likes turkey. Finding himself unable to locate a single turkey in the entire town of Hoboken, he ends up meeting a mad scientist who gives...

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Jenny Lee
DawnM
4

The first few pages of this story made me think it was going to be similar to the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It is the story of a sickly boy whose life takes a dramatic change when he gets a service dog… up to this point it reminded me of Wonder… but this service dog can talk! The...

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James Patterson
Dawn
4

Jamie is the new kid at school and he uses a wheelchair. He just wants to be treated like a normal student. He lives with the Smileys, Jamie's name for his aunt and uncle and cousins who will not laugh. Jamie's cousin Stevie, one of the Smileys, is his main bully. Jamie loves telling jokes so...

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Drew Magary
Charles
3

Someone Could Get Hurt is a memoir about parenting, written by someone who prior to parenthood was clueless about what it was like to actually be a parent.  The author, Drew Magary, paints a vivid, hilarious, hyperbolic picture of what parenting is like when you still haven’t given up your...

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David Sedaris
Brett
3

A just-okay collection of autobiographical essays from the author of When You are Engulfed in Flames. The first entry is hilarious: Sedaris relates the story of how his quest to find the perfect stuffed owl resulted in a macabre visit to a London taxidermist. Other essays are...

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Keith Knight
Sarah Anne
5

Keith Knight is insightful, funny, irreverent and clear-eyed in his observations about the world around us. His illustrations are fabulous, and you don’t even have to wait for his Life’s Little Victories to cross your path, they are here in abundance with so much good reading. His social...

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Andy Riley
lisab
3

Ok – I’m a little late to the party but when the Bunny Suicides crossed my desk I knew it was time to read it. Cute little (but expressionless) rabbits that “off” themselves in very unique ways. This is the book for people who like sick humor or if you’re just in the right mood for something a...

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James K Benton
April
4

Franny K. Stein is not your average girl by any stretch of the imagination. She prefers bats to cute, cuddly pets, and tinkers with her dolls so that they spew goo or bite the heads off other dolls when squeezed. She is, in fact, a brilliant young mad scientist...but also a lonely one, for her...

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Rob Harrell
Monica
4

In the small towns of 1860s England many towns have monsters worth bragging about, but not Stoker-on-Avon whose monster leaves a little something to be desired.  Rayburn has been feeling depressed, and not his monster-y self, leading his town to be the laughing stock.  With the help of...

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Jeffrey Brown
DawnM
4

This fun book is more than your typical graphic novel.  It includes comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings depicting common events faced by any average middle-schooler but all this takes place in a galaxy far, far away..
Recommended to Star Wars...

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Justin Halpern
mmcgowan
5

Sh*t My Dad Says was hysterical!  A father's son has moved back home after he and his girlfriend break up.   His son is trying to find happiness again and he goes back into time with experiences he and his Dad has had and he posts quotes  that his father had said online....

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Kristen M
3

Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and...

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Sebastian Faulks
April
4

In his introduction, Sebastian Faulks frankly talks about why he wrote this novel and that it is meant to be an homage to P. G. Wodehouse’s fantastic literary creations, Bertie Wooster, young man about town, and Jeeves, his inimitable gentleman’s personal gentleman.   I am a big...

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Susan E Isaacs
Angelita
3

I enjoyed this book because the author asks so many questions that we often times ask our God. But as she goes through her trials and tribulations, so understand why she's questioning the actions of God and the universe. I easily put myself in her shoes.

I love the humor that is put in...

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David Sedaris
Rebecca
3

As I have previously noted, I have an unfortunate inability to connect with a lot of comedy. I'm not sure why this is, but it's true of most comedy media, whether books or movies or stand up or sitcoms. 

I do, however, like...

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Graeme C Simsion
Georgia
4

Don Tillman is an unmarried university professor with Asperger's. Though he is intelligent and attractive, he cannot find a woman who he can maintain a relationship with. He starts what he calls the “Wife Project” to find a compatible woman for him to marry.  Throughout the “Wife Project”...

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David Sedaris
Cori Jackamore
4

Give yourself a break during the hectic holiday season, or any other time of the year, by listening to David Sedaris read his Holidays on Ice, a collection of Christmas (and other holiday) stories including "The Santaland Diaries," "Dinah, the Christmas Whore" and "The Dunbar Family...

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George Saunders
Bobby
4

George Saunders is a brilliant writer and widely unknown until this year.  Tenth of December broke him out into the writing limelight with its wide critical acclaim and appeal.  What I love about Saunders is that his stories start in everyday settings - suburban homes, dysfunctional...