Listening to a TED talk recently, the presenter spoke about our “to do” lists. Americans have something like 150 undone tasks at any given time. That list is what we think about 50-80% of the time and it makes us anxious, unhappy and sick. Among other things, the speaker recommended practicing gratitude. This is incredibly beneficial, one should be grateful.

There are other strategies people can use to feel better also. Some are more favorable than others. For example one may take a long nature walk and feel the warmth of the sun upon your face, or, one may sit home and drink an entire bottle of Pinot alone. As stated, some manage better than others. Taking a nature walk can be quite risky, you may be run over by a herd of frolicking deer or bitten by a rabid squirrel. Ba dum tsh.

Now, the Biblio-Coach recommends something else, LAUGH! Whatever you decide to do, leave the interior to do list behind and enjoy a much needed break. Your body, your mind and your family, friends and coworkers will thank you. You will relax for a little while, that is the point.

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And fear not my anxiety-ridden friends, I know what you’re thinking. While it is true that there are people who have died laughing, know that this is unlikely to happen to you. People have also died from getting hit by an ice cream truck or falling out of a tree while apple picking but you are not going to stop eating ice cream and apple pie, are you? So laugh while you can.

The following list is organized from amusing to the most hilarious. If you like what you read, try some of the author’s other books. The hilarious entries are written by the same author, Christopher Moore. There is no one writing creative, smart, humorous fiction better than him according to me, the Biblio-Coach. So, hopefully you find something different from what you normally read and get a much needed break, just for fun.

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman- An old curmudgeon, a noisy family moves into the neighborhood, antics ensue. There’s more to it than that but no spoilers here; a quality shorter read. Amusement will be had.
  • The Pig Trilogy by Joseph Caldwell-this trilogy is part mystery, part romance and part funny. Each can stand alone. The first one starts with a man setting off to ancestral Ireland to feel properly sorry for himself like one can only do in Ireland after rejection from the one he had chosen to love. The humor is subtle and entertaining. Set in modern day Ireland. Use an Irish brogue for each character while reading and it will be even more of an enjoyable mind vacation.
  • Pride and Prejudice and Vampires by Seth Grahame-Smith. You may have missed the zombie craze of a few years ago, if so try this one. Not totally for zombie aficionados (I am not) nor Austen classicists (I am not that either); it is a little glimpse at two genres that do not normally cross and is quite worth your time.
  • Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry. What can you say about Dave Barry other than he is consistently funny? I imagine you could probably say other stuff too but I don’t know him so I won’t. As the title says, he tries to defend Florida. Enough said.
  • Fool by Christopher Moore; listen to this one on audio if you can. By far the funniest, most bawdy and outrageous story you will ever hear/read. This is a comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear from the perspective of the jester, hence the title, Fool. Moore’s writing is always smart and funny and if you haven’t experienced it yet you must immediately do so. However, not for the delicate reader. Highly recommended!
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Moore takes a story we think we all know and has us: Laughing. Out. Loud. Creative and funny. Biff is the Messiah’s best buddy and has been resurrected to tell the story of the early life of the Son of God that we don’t know, the missing years. Also highly recommended!

If none of these work for you, the Biblio-Coach is sorry. It appears you either have no sense of humor or worse and you should immediately seek the advice of a professional.

Are there any books that have made you laugh? Please share.