I don't know about you, but after a pandemic of almost a year and last week's power outages and freezing cold temperatures, I could use a few books that make me laugh out loud.
And what makes me laugh out loud? Some odd juxtaposition of jocularity, unexpectedness, and great truth.
Here are a few that worked for me...
Sci fi/Fantasy: Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic and Small Gods; Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Princess Bride.
Nonfiction: A.J. Jacobs' Drop Dead Healthy, It's All Relative, and The Year of Living Biblically; Dreyer's English; All Creatures Great and Small.
Light Fiction: Life According to Lubka; A Breath of French Air; The President's Hat; The Switch.
Comics: Strange Planet and Stranger Planet.
Classics: Three Men in a Boat; Italo Calvino's The Cloven Viscount and The Nonexistent Knight; The Importance of Being Earnest; Don Quixote; Excellent Women; Gulliver's Travels; Candide; James Thurber's The Wonderful O and The 13 Clocks; Tom Sawyer; A Confederacy of Dunces.
Kid books: Hank the Cowdog; Sideways Stories from Wayside School; The BFG: Winnie-the-Pooh; The Wind in the Willows; The Adventures of Treehorn; Where the Sidewalk Ends; Anne of Green Gables.
Picture books: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; The Monster at the End of This Book; Diary of a Worm; I Want My Hat Back; Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes; A Kiss for Little Bear; King Bidgood's in the Bathtub.
And don't forget my favorite joke book, A Pretty Good Joke Book.