Help…PLEASE.

You guys.

I am in dire need of book recommendations. DIRE NEED.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that last week some crazy stuff went down at work and basically everyone got laid off and I got spared for the time being. It’s been so stressful and terrifying to not know how long I’ll have a job for and to think about having to find a new job right before the wedding (….you know…THE WEDDING THAT IS IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS?!?) makes me want to vom. Oh and did I mention that we are moving into our apartment on the 9th of June?!

EEEEP. I AM GOING CRAZYPANTS.

What I’m looking for: Something light and wonderful and that will take me away from the present reality. Bonus points if it makes me laugh. I can’t handle dark/sad/depressing/possibly will make me sob buckets  right now  (even though you KNOW I love those kinds of book). I need happy. I need light and fluffy.  I need FUN.  Any genre of adult or YA fiction.

Go forth and bestow your literary knowledge on me, please and thank you. I know you will steer me in the right direction, my dear readers.

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

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  1. Have you read any Sophie Kinsella? She’s always my go-to for a light, fluffy, laugh-out-loud kind of book. Or Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books?

    • I have NOT! I believe my sister has one of her Twenties Girls books or something like that. And I have not read Janet Evanovich either although my IRL bff RAVES about those! Thank you! I’m going to check out the Kinsella on my sister’s shelf to see what it is! Thanks Melissa!

      • Twenties Girl wasn’t my favourite of hers, but the Shopaholic books are just awesome. Plus, the main character gets herself in such a financial mess that it makes your own problems seem to pale by comparison — it’s funny, and would probably be perfect for you at this moment!

        I devoured half of the Stephanie Plum series shortly after dropping out of my practicum, which was one of the all-time low moments in my life. It was the perfect distraction when all I could do was cry and wonder what I was going to be when I grew up since I had failed at teaching. So hopefully they’ll do the trick for you too!

      • I highly recommen those two authors too.

    • I have to agree with the Stephanie Plum books. So much fun!

  2. I am TELLING YOU – go read 7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker. It is literally the most PERFECT pick me up book ever.

  3. Sarah Reads Too Much says:

    Laurie Notaro – especially The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club. Very light and funny.

    I’ve been there – everyone around you laid off. It sucks, and I know you’ll make it through okay.

  4. My go-to for funny, light, enjoyable reading is Diana Wynne Jones. She wrote Howl’s Moving Castle, but I really like Dark Lord of Derkholm, which is a parody of the “evil lord in a fantasy castle” story, and the Chrestomanci stories.

    For grownup laughs, my favorites are Jasper Fforde, Christopher Moore, and Carl Hiaasen. Jasper Fforde’s stuff has the bonus of a literary slant, and the Thursday Next books start with The Eyre Affair. One of the books later in the series has Thursday sitting in on an anger management group for the characters of Wuthering Heights.

    Christopher Moore is more madcap, random humor, and it can be a little dark. If you want a vampire book parody, I recommend Bloodsucking Fiends. Lots of people also like Lamb, which is a retelling of the Gospel, according to Christ’s boyhood pal.

    Carl Hiaasen is the darkest of the three, and he writes thrillers set in Florida about bad people getting their comeuppance. The least cynical one I can think of it Lucky You. He also wrote the book the movie Striptease is based on, and the book is way better. Same title.

    I hope you find something good!

    • How could I forget Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson? I laughed so hard I kept waking up my husband while I was reading. It’s nonfiction, written by The Bloggess. If you’ve liked any of her blog posts, you’re likely to find her book funny.

  5. Jpetroroy says:

    Try My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. Utterly charming.

  6. Have you tried the Flavia De Luce series by Alan Bradley? They are mysteries but the main character is quirky and fabulous…..

  7. If you’ve never read anything by Christopher Moore, I would recommend his books. I’ve read most of them, and the ones I’ve read have been really funny. The first one I read (which is still one of my favorites) is A Dirty Job. My other favorite book of his is Lamb, which Alice mentioned above. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman is also hilarious and fun.

  8. It isn’t fiction but have you read Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? It’s totally hilarious and so much fun–one of the most hysterical, upbeat books I’ve ever read. I had a perma-smile reading it. Hope you find a good read!

  9. You have to read The True Meaning of Smek Day by Adam Rex, which is the only book to ever make me break into uncontrollable laughter at multiple points. SO funny. It’s middle grade, but reads a little more grown-up than that, I think. J. Lo the alien is my all-time most favorite character. I literally don’t think it’s possible to be sad while reading Smek Day.

  10. Man that’s horrible. I sincerely hope that everything works out. Luckily you have an amazing man who will stand by your side no matter what <3

    Let's see….
    any of the Jessica Darling books
    Princess for Hire series by Lindsey Leavitt (princess + travel = super fun)
    Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
    Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
    The Extraordinary Secret's of April, May, and June by Robin Benway
    Tina Fey's book
    Mindy Kaling's book
    The Penderwicks series (it's like a modern day Anne of Green Gables and oh so charming)
    Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins (hilarious!)
    All American Girl by Meg Cabot
    Lovestruck Summer by Melisa Walker (music + Austin, TX + summer love)
    Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford (great on audio)

    I hope you find the perfect book to help take your mind off of things. Princess for Hire did that for me most recently.

    Steph

  11. Not fiction but maybe David Sedaris? He always makes me laugh!

  12. How many times have I been telling you to start reading ANYTHING & EVERYTHING by Jennifer Armentrout?! Please start with Half-Blood! Then you can go on to Pure, Obsidian, & Tempting the Best Man. You will love her!

    Yea, Shopaholic is good. Pretty Little Liars was good too, very fun & easy/light reads. Did you read Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin yet?! Love all her books!

    Touch by Jus Accardo, it’s about mutants/people with powers!!!!

  13. Oh and the Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder was such a fun read, I breezed right through that one. It’s like Mean Girls, lol.

  14. Have you read Jennifer Crusie yet? I can’t remember! If not: BET ME! Read it. Love it. You’ll thank me.

  15. *Uglies
    *Delirium
    *Sisterhood Everlasting
    *The Spellman Files

  16. Have you read Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell? I highly recommend that, it’s so witty and clever!

  17. I’m so sorry to hear you’re so stressed! Hope things ease up soon (:

    As for something that will make you laugh: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. It’s FANTASTIC and hysterical.

    If you want something that’s more of a classic, there’s always Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy if you haven’t read it already.

    The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley is more middle grade, but it’s completely adorable and enchanting. And it’s perfect for anyone who loves books, so yeah. haha

    I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter is great and upbeat.

    And, of course, anything by Stephanie Perkins.

    Lastly, I’d suggest An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

    Hope this helps!! (:

  18. The Heist Society Series by Ally Carter (her Gallagher Girls books are good, but I haven’t read them all so I can’t vouch for their total lightness.)
    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (There are a some serious moments, but the first book is mainly light, or at least Sophie is so sarcastic and adorable she makes it light.)
    A Quick Bite and Single White Vampire by Lynsay Sands (Surprisingly light and fluffy)
    Hissy Fit or Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews (long but funny)
    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Little serious, mainly hilarious.)
    All Jacked Up by Lorelei James (More smut than light, but some serious moments.)

    Also, it might make you feel a little bit ridiculous but reading old childhood favorite could help. Like kid’s story books you liked. That sometimes makes me feel better

    I hope you get through this stressful time with lots of funny books and good times. Remember that sometimes letting the little things go, makes the big things much more enjoyable. 🙂

  19. Lamb by Christopher Moore is the funniest thing I’ve ever read.

    Light YA I think of 13 Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. .

  20. I just finished Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern — hysterically funny, light reading & I highly recommend!

  21. I disagree with the Shopaholic books. I guess by the time I got to book three, I was frustrated with the MC and was all “HAVEN’T YOU LEARNED YOUR LESSON YET?” Maybe that’s just me though. There’s a lot of love above for those books. :-/

    -Populazzi by Elise Allen is a really fun read. Nothing depressing or sad. I laughed out loud.
    -Catching Jordan was great and a really quick read. Nice love story. 🙂
    -Bunheads by Sophie Flack was really wonderful. The MC is 19, so that’s a nice change. No heavy subject matter – just about a ballerina trying to find her way and figure out what she wants in life.

    Basically, making this list has made me realize how little “fluffy” stuff I read. I need to scour this list just as much as you because my read list is WAY depressing. 🙁

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  23. I’m not a fan of the Shopaholic books, myself, but I’ve heard a lot of other people like them. So it’s worth investigating. 🙂

    Stephanie Plum books, though, are a definite go! I’ve read that series since I was twelve (totally should not have been reading them when I was twelve, but what are you gonna do?), and I once literally fell off my bed because I was laughing so hard from one of them. Just for the record, though, the last couple haven’t been quite up to par with her previous books, so I’d steer clear of those if you’re just starting.

    Other recommendations:

    Contemporary romance:
    Practice Makes Perfect (or any of her FBI trilogy) – Julie James
    Yours to Keep – Shannon Stacey
    Welcome to Temptation or Bet Me – Jennifer Crusie
    Anything by Jill Shalvis. Some have more serious elements in them, but they’re always good for laughs and a swoon-inducing romance.
    Sex, Murder and a Double Latte – Kyra Davis

    Historical romance: (Pretty sure you don’t read this genre at all, but I figured I would toss a couple out there, just in case. Now’s always a good time to start!)
    What Happens in London – Julia Quinn
    Mr. Impossible – Loretta Chase

    • Those are good recommendations! I will add some to my wishlist.
      Shannon Stacey and Jill Shalvis are good writers – funny, upbeat.
      Shophie Kinsella’s stand-alone novels are super her Shopaholic series not so good but the others are.

  24. Oh! And Meg Cabot! Specifically Every Boy’s Got One, which is my favorite of hers. The Size 12 Is Not Fat series is fun, too.

  25. Georgia Nicolson series is my go-to laugh-invoking books! Love those!

    I hope things get better soon!

  26. i hope things will come together fine.
    i will pray for you.
    girl v. boy by yvette collins (think thats the name)

  27. Are you Experienced? by William Suttcliffe. I’ve given this to people who were feeling very low (like, major break-ups, firings, etc) and it’s never failed to lift spirits. Plus – BONUS – it’s travel related (backpackers in India) so you’d love it!

  28. I agree with Magan, the Shopaholic books weren’t my thing, but I REALLY love her standalones! Twenties Girl, Can You Keep A Secret.. For fluffy chicklit I’d also add Jill Mansell, she and Sophie Kinsella are insta-buys for me when it comes to this genre, I’ve yet to read a book by her that I didn’t like.
    Also, Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm was really good! As were Past Perfect by Leila Sales, Fake Me A Match by Lauren Barnholdt and You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. And if you’re into historical romance, the ones by Sarah MacLean and Sophie Jordan are wonderful!

    I’m so sorry to hear about the situation at your job! And I can totally get you going crazy with every you have going on! 🙁

  29. I’m not sure if anyone’s mentioned them yet but I ADORE Leila Sales’s books. Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect. They are so fun!

  30. Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy. This guy travels with different aliases, complaining to companies about the most ridiculous things, and it is hilarious. You don’t even need to read this whole book! You can pick it up whenever, read a note or two and put it back down. The great thing is though, it is easy to read the whole book too. Once you read one letter, the next letter gets even crazier and funnier.

  31. Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry (Big Trouble) are both hilarious.

    Shanna Swendson’s Enchanted Inc series is hilarious and sweet urban fantasy/chick lit. You cannot go wrong with those.

    Beauty Queens by Libba Bray = also hysterical.

    If you haven’t read it, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a humor must-read.

    Jasper Fforde for literary humor.

    For more recs, I have a top ten list on this very topic: http://readeroffictions.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-love-to-laugh.html

  32. I’m telling you, Jill Mansell. Her books are light and very funny.

  33. Light and funny (with a decent dose of romance):
    -Molly Harper – Hilarious! Either the Naked Werewolves or the Nice Girls books are total brain candy for me.
    -Susan Elizabeth Phillips – My go-to recommendation for people who need a break. It Had to Be You or Ain’t She Sweet are my favorites
    -Jane Graves – Really good chick lit

    Hope this helps! Good luck with everything. 🙂

  34. Sophie Kinsella is my go-to for funny chick-lit. I love the Shopaholic series. If you don’t want to start the series, her stand-alones are great. I loved The Undomestic Goddess and Remember Me?.

  35. Anything by Kristan Higgins. I especially love Until There Was You. (And I think it’s on sale for Kindle and Nook right now)

  36. sorry to hear that, but hang in there, we are all here with you!
    For a good laugh, yes Sedaris, except his latest book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk that did not make me laugh at all.
    to dream away, have you read The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton? fabulous! here is my review: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/05/03/2012-21-review-the-forgotten-garden/

  37. I’m not usually the light and happy type, but I’ll do my best. It sounds like you could use a good read right about now. I hope everything works out for you. You definitely deserve some good luck.

    Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: This is a fun book, even though it has some sad parts. It has music halls, cross-dressing, lesbians, coming of age stories, love, and general Victorian loveliness all at once. It’s one of the few books that are generally classified as “light reading” that I’ve really enjoyed.

    The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: It’s a classic bit of fantasy that is thoroughly enjoyable. This was one of my favorites as a child, and even now I list it among my favorite books of all time. With the movie coming out in December (I am so excited!) now would be the perfect time to get (re) acquainted.

    The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter: I know it sounds gruesome from the title, but it’s not really. This is a collection of fairy-tale retellings that are really quite brilliant. They range in tone and length, but they all have excellent writing and a great imagination. Short stories always do the trick for me when I’m having a rough time.

    Persuasion by Jane Austen: Really, I could recommend Pride and Prejudice or Emma as well, but Persuasion is my personal favorite. It starts out a bit sad, but it’s Jane Austen, so you know that all will end well. Also, her writing is just beautiful. What more could you ask for?

    A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne: I know what you’re thinking; this has to be stuffy and boring. I thought so too, but I was really surprised by how readable and compelling Verne’s writing is. Verne’s books are, first and foremost, great adventure stories. If you want escapist literature that is also intelligent, I think Verne is definitely worth a try.

    Anyway, I hope these are at least a little bit helpful. Whatever books you end up reading, I hope they keep you from going too crazy pants. <3

    • Oh, I almost forgot my favorite YA books.

      The Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud: This was probably my favorite YA series back in high school. The first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, is especially funny and exciting as well as incredibly interesting and intelligent. They get more complex, in-depth, and mature as they go. Luckily, if you want to read the first book as a stand alone book, you can. I haven’t read the most recent one, a prequel published in 2010, but I can assure you that the original three are totally worth your time.

      Annals of the Western Shore by Ursula K. LeGuin: I think I might have already recommended these to you? I don’t remember. Anyway, they are amazing books, written in the most beautiful style, containing thoughtful and complex themes, all while being easy and enjoyable to read. The three books all stand alone and are connected by the world some shared characters only, so you can read only one of them if you want. I think my favorite was Voices, which was largely about how powerful books and reading are, but all of them are good. These are some of the only YA books that I read for the first time as an adult and still enjoyed.

      The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman: I’m sure you know all about these, so I won’t bother describing them too much. While the last book has some pretty sad stuff at the ending, the first one is almost entirely an exciting adventure story. I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

      Other YA books I enjoyed include The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson, Idlewild by Nick Sagan, and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.

  38. Let’s see here’s a list of awesome light no sob reads:

    Anne Of Green Gables except for the last chapter, but you will fan girl your face off over Prince Edward Island and GILBERT BLYTHE BE STILL MY HEART.

    Awkward by Marni Bates – hilarious YA that is totally sweeeeet.

    The Princess Diaries by Meg Fricken Cabot. Dude you will love. Also? I think they’d hold up to a re-read.

    The first 3 Harry Potters aren’t sobby at all. And you need to fricken read them if you still want to be my friend 😉

    Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews – I know it’s not normally your thing but omg the book opens with the main character getting pissy that she has to deal with a vampire while her Boone’s Farm Hard Lemonade is getting warm LOLOLOL. And I was reading it last night just cackling like a loon in bed.

    Bossypants by Tina Fey but on audio that is the best way to read it.

    • Anne of Green Gables is awesome — and hilarious too. I’d forgotten that you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, and those books would be the perfect escape from reality! I totally second April’s suggestion of Bossypants on audio — Tina Fey is HILARIOUS.

    • I just needed to second (third?) the GILBERT BLYTHE BE STILL MY HEART. I mean, he’s like my first (and most enduring) boy book crush.

      And I just recently read Harry Potter & they’d be great for the mood you’re in!

      I liked Bossypants, but I LOVED Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I read it during my lunch break one day & had to put it away because I was LOLing so loud it was embarrassing.

  39. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is hysterical and lots of fun!

  40. I LOVE Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, and This Lullaby.
    Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series is great and not as heavy as they sound.
    Best wishes!

  41. This one seems just soooo unintelligent, but that is the point right? Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. It’s mystery and really cute love story taking place in a brewery. It’s super-cute…written by the same lady who writes One for the Money, Two for the Dough, etc. Those are all also good, quick reads that are not depressing and funny mysteries.

  42. I just finished The Summer My Life Began – AWESOME. And Bloom, by Julie Lindsay. And The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls was pretty fun in a summery way. Good luck, I hope things calm down for you soon!

  43. Best escapist reading… PRINCESS DIARIES. That is all. Meep. Michael Moskowitz… THAT is all.

  44. 🙂 the ivy by Lauren kunze! It’s a funny beginning about college life during freshman year. Full of unforgettable characters and exciting drama!

  45. Have you ever read The Journal of Mortifying Moments? Hilarious.

    Lesley
    byporchlight.blogspot.com

  46. Is it sad that I actually read through most of the comments on here and noted some of the book suggestions? I think it’s wonderful how many suggestions have been made.

    As for my personal suggestions, I would go with Jen Lancaster’s books because she makes me laugh personally with her writing. Plus, you could always go back and reread a Stephanie Perkins book since she is awesome and so are her books!

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