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10 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

They say laughter is the best medicine. It is scientifically proven that laughing not only relieves physical tension and stress but also boost our immune system. So, in order to give you good and hearty chuckle, we scanned our bookstore and came across with these 10 book titles. Some of these books are old, some new – some are for young readers and some for slightly older- but all humorous reads and will surely make you laugh out loud.

Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by  P.G. Wodehouse

Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by  P.G. Wodehouse

The obscenely hilarious comedy stories in P.G. Wodehouse book, Just Enough Jeeves Right Ho, Jeeves; Joy in the Morning; Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. will give you many uncontrollable belly laughs. It contains two novels and a set of short stories each starts out with dim young aristocrat Bertie and his omniscient manservant, Jeeves. If you are still unfamiliar with P.G. Wodehouse work and want to read something that will make you laugh out loud, this is a brilliant place to start.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catch-22

Considered as one of the most celebrated and funniest novels of all time, Catch-22 is the story of the unparalleled, U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bombardier John Yossarian, who along with his fellow airmen in the camp attempted to keep their sanity with the intention of fulfilling their service requirements so that they may go back home. However, this satirical book by the American author Joseph Heller received no awards upon release, it has named as the best American novel written in the 20th century.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by  Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir by  Jenny LawsonYou’ll perhaps want to read this book in private as multiple parts of this book will give you impulsive maniacal laughter. The book skims through a series of humorous scenes, giving an intimate view of Lawson’s most terribly and remarkably human moments, causing readers to chuckle and cringe at the same moment.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

A book like no other, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy shows always to look on the bright side of life. It teaches how you can laugh even in the face of death and destruction. The story revolves around Arthur Dent, totally normal English guy, who is thrust into a seriously gigantic situation that he’s totally unprepared for. This sci-fi book, packed full of adventure and humor, helps the hero and us to learn that no matter how bad or absurd things or conditions get, you can always laugh.

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy TooleWritten in the 1960s, but published in 1980 by Louisiana State University Press, A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece chronicles the story of Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy 30-year-old man who lives with his mother in New Orleans. The novel earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in the year 1981 and sold more than 1.5m copies in print all over the world and has been published in 18 languages. 

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Bestselling author of “Naked”, David Sedaris again with his witty writing proves that he is probably the funniest writer in America. In his fourth book, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, humorist and essayist, Sedaris talks about the loss of language and recommends that the inability to express oneself articulately is equivalent to absurdity. The book contains a number of humorous stories that guaranteed to make you laugh so hard for so long.

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

Wilt by Tom Sharpe

First published in 1976 by Secker and Warburg, Wilt is a humorous novel by author Tom Sharpe revolving around the titular character, Henry Wilt. Wilt us an unfortunate assistant lecturer at Fenland College of Arts & Technology who is physically tortured and mentally harassed by his emotionally immature but physically powerful wife, Eva. And to get rid of her wife, he plans to kill her. Throughout the story, Wilt finds embarrassment and chaos, which at last lead him to find and understand his own power. Rich in humor and filled with hilarious twists, this funny novel will never let you to put down the book for a second.

Company by Max Barry

Company by Max Barry

Company is a fast-paced rough black comedy about the corporate management and office politics. The novel starts with a new employee, Stephen Jones, who enters into the corporate world after finishing his graduation. He meets there with co-workers and after a few days of his joining realize that he has no idea who its customers really are. All the characters are extremely funny that will give you a belly laugh for sure.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country

Best known writer of humorous books, Bill Bryson will never disappoint you through his writing. You will enjoy his adventures in the land of extremes, i.e. Australia and his wonderful and comic descriptions of his views on Canberra, his representation of a cricket match and the trouble he faced in a hotel in Darwin. He not only makes you laugh-out-loud with his fantastic and amusing descriptions but also amazes you with loads of interesting information he presented about the geology, ecology, history and folklore of Australia, and several unknown aspects of Australian life.

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Jasper FfordeThe Eyre Affair A Thursday Next Novel

Packed with literary references, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a funny, freaking hysterical tale set in an alternate universe, a place where books are living things. The author has marvelously and creatively put the name of his characters and situations. Published in 2000, this playfully irreverent, childishly sensational and extremely imaginative was Fforde’s first novel.

If you have any other book/s to add to the list, or if you’ve enjoyed any of the above mentioned books, share them in the comments.

Top 9 Books On Leadership

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

There is a leader in each one of us. Some are born leaders and some have to discover it within. Leadership never means popular faces with lots of followers but definitely it means a name that people look up to in all situations. True leaders are those who help you attain the path of your success and happiness.

We are here compiling a small list of great books written to improve leadership qualities. This list targets professionals, individuals and businesses.

Books That Help You to Build And Improve Your Leadership Skills

Now, Discover Your StrengthsNow, Discover Your Strengths How to Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O Clifton is a wonderful and unique self-help book helps in identifying the most prevalent human strengths. The authors advocate focusing on enhancing strengths rater than focusing on removing weaknesses. Follow up of coauthors’ popular last book, First, Break All the Rules, it comprises 34 personal character attributes named by authors as “talent themes” and explains how to develop the required skills more easily, improve employee confidence and the company’s overall performance.

Authentic LeadershipAuthentic Leadership

This is a perfect book for the millions of people who wish for authentic, moral, character-driven leaders. Bill George, the former CEO and the chairman of Medtronic, explicitly recounts many of the toughest challenges he came across—from ethical predicaments and battles with the FDA to his own journey to become a successful leader. With his book, Authentic Leadership, the author provides five essential dimensions of authentic leaders-purpose, heart, values, relationships and self-discipline.

 Jack Straight from the Gut

This is a useJack Straight from the Gutful management book by a successful businessman who has often admired for his excellent leadership skills, Jack Welch. It gives a fresh and inspiring look into the qualities of a successful leader. One of the most influential people of 20th century, John demonstrates his childhood days, his college years, his career as the CEO and chairman of GE, his leadership styles, management beliefs, philosophy and secretes of his success. He brings to light the competitive process and the struggle he made to become the CEO of GE. 

Books That Help You to Enhance the Company’s Overall Performance through Your Leadership Expertise

Self Leadership and the One Minute ManagerSelf Leadership and the One Minute Manager: The number one New York Times bestselling author, Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, teaches the skills of self-leadership through his captivating business book, The One Minute Manager. By following the techniques mentioned by Ken on his book, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide increased their efficiency, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity.

In Search of Excellence Lessons from America’s Best-RunIn Search of Excellence Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies Companies

In Search of Excellence’ is Tom Peter’s first book that sold more than 6 million copies and still is one of the most readable books of all time. Co-authored with Bob Waterman, this phenomenal bestseller comprises eight characteristics of excellent companies; namely action-stimulating, customer-oriented, self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship, profit-maximizing practices– that made these companies tick. This is the result of two decades of rigorous researches conducted by these two brilliant authors in forty-three of America’s most successful companies from a diverse array of business sectors.

Execution The DExecution The Discipline of Getting Things Doneiscipline of Getting Things Done

Written by the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International- Larry Bossidy and the legendary advisor to CEOs and senior executives- Ram Charan, Execution emphasis on the fact that any company does not become successful only through the brilliant strategies they followed but by their relentless focus on implementation. Jam packed with stories from the warfront, this book explains how the leadership is the crucial part to get ongoing financial success.

Good to Great Why Some Companies Make theGood to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't Leap and Others Don’t

Sold over 4 million copies, this massive bestseller by James C. Collins explains how some companies transitioned from being average companies to great companies and why some companies failed to achieve the good-to-great growth.         Filled with innovative thoughts, comprehensive examples, and data to support the conclusions, this nearly 300-page book is a must have for every businessman and aspiring entrepreneur.

Self-Help Books for All Aspiring Leaders

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegies has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his teachings. With his excellent ability to understand human nature and conversational style, he teaches the important principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. Originally published in 1936, this best-selling self-help book by Dale is a must-read for every entrepreneur and communicator. 

The Secret What Great Leaders Know and DoThe Secret What Great Leaders Know and Do

This is an inspiring story of a struggling and a failing leader- Debbie who learns the lessons of management in the training program offered by her company. Incidentally, the president of the company, Jeff Brown happens to be her mentor. He teaches her to be a serving leader rather than a self-serving leader. Based on the legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard’s personal experience and drawn from examples of best leaders, this book contains five essential concepts to achieve leadership success.

Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen In 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

Every year, an average of thirty books in numerous genres– including classics, suspense, mystery, thriller, children’s, YA– have been adapted into movies, and 2014 is no exception. There are a few highly anticipated movies based on bestselling books that are going to be released in coming months this year. But before they hit the big screen, make sure to read the book first to get a better foundation for all of them.

Here, we have compiled a list of such books- worth reading before they come to theatres. Have a look:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire-Academy

Targeted towards 12 years old and up, Mead’s book series is an enthralling story based on St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school where human-vampire hybrids learn magic to become the protector of the mortal vampire race. The protagonists, Lissa Dragomir and dhampir Rose are chums and shares a special bond that they can’t quite explain. After being away for 2 years, they are captured and brought back to the Vampire Academy.

Why You Should Read It: Filled with plenty of wicked vampire adversaries, this book is highly recommended for those who love action and romance.

Cast: Sarah Hyland, Zoey Deutch, Olga Kurylenko, Joely Richardson

Release Date: February 7

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

winter-tale

Set in 1916, Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin is a novel laced with fantasy and romance. It is a spellbinding love story of a burglar, Peter Lake and the heiress of Manhattan mansion, Beverly Penn. After the death of the fatally ill young woman, Peter Lake discovers the ability to bring her back from the dead.

Why You Should Read It: You’ll like Helprin’s lyrical prose and surreal depiction of a snow-bound New York in this amazing 748-page novel. A must-read novel for everyone who is looking for a story that is filled with love, beauty and justice.

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer

Release Date: February 14

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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First book in teenage dystopian trilogy penned by author Veronica Roth is set in a future Chicago where people are divided into five factions based on their personality traits (intellectual, Amity, Candor, Fearless and Abnegation). The protagonist, Tris, discovers that she doesn’t quite fit into any of the groups and hence declared Divergent. She determines to retaliate when she exposes the plan to eradicate all the Divergents.

Why You Should Read It: This is a real page turning series that will leave readers wanting more just as the The Hunger Games series did! Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good dystopian book with a lot of action sequences, a bit romance and good plot!

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd

Release date: March 21 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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John Green’s most ambitious and touching work yet, The Fault in our Stars is a poignant tale of 16-year old girl, Hazel, who is suffered from stage IV cancer and a boy named, Augustus Waters, who is afflicted with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcomameets. They meet in a cancer support group. With a shared obsession of the book written by Peter Van Houten, The Imperial Affliction, and a similar sense of sarcasm both fall in love, despite their inevitable fate.

Why You Should Read It: A truthful and hilarious novel tackles big subjects like –life, cancer, death, love. The depth of the thoughts of the characters and the fear, rage and sadness that accompanies the terminal illness will have you smiling, crying, and possibly even depressed for a few days after you read it. If you enjoy YA novels, full of witty humor and tear-jerking events, this book is just right for you.

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

Release date: June 6

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Set in a Utopian fantasy world where everything is perfect, Lois Lowry’s well-loved novel, The Giver is a story of 12-year old Jonas who has been chosen as the “Receiver of Memories”. The old receiver “The Giver,” who knows the truth of the past, trained him. Often described as the first YA dystopian novel, “The Giver” shows the dark side of a utopian society, like lack of personal liberty.

Why You Should Read It: A brilliant book to read with family and friends and will give you a lot to think about. 

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift

Release date: August 15

Dark Places A Novel by Gillian Flynn

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Libby Day was 7 when her mother and two older sisters were killed in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” The sole survivor of the brutal murder attempt, Libby testified her 15-year-old brother, Ben as the Killer. Twenty-five years later, the hardened and selfish, Libby is approached by the Kill Club, a group of murder-obsessed amateur investigators. She’s stunned to hear that most of them believe Ben was wrongly accused and the real murderer is still on the loose.

Why You Should Read It: A perfect read for every mystery and crime lover. The author has concocted such a twisted and suspenseful plot that even the shrewdest readers won’t have envisaged it.  

Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Release date: September 1

This Is Where I Leave You A Novel by Jonathan Tropper 

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The world of Judd is ruined when he had to face the pain of not only the sudden death of his father but also the betrayal of his wife Jen, who had an affair with his boss. As per the dying wish of Judd’s father, he was forced to sit down to Shiva and spend seven days and nights with his dysfunctional family under one roof for the first time in a decade. They confront their problems and deal with years of repressed bitterness, misunderstanding, and fury.

Why You Should Read It: This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper is a wickedly funny and emotionally touching novel that makes you both cringe and crack up. The author has portrayed the characters so realistically that you’ll find yourself absorbed in it even after the book is over.

Cast: Rose Byrne, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Dax Shepard, Connie Britton, Jason Bateman

Release date: September 12

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Released in 2009, The Maze Runner by James Dashner is a YA Dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. A boy named Thomas wakes up in the lift with zero memory. Surrounded by a group of boys, he was trapped in a place called the Glade that is full of horrible creatures called Grievers. 

Why You Should Read It: It is an enthralling novel with extremely captivating plot that will keep you up at all hours of the night until you finish. There is always so much mystery, dangerous twists and turns, suspense and thrill being built up throughout the story that you will be drooled over the pages.

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Release Date: September 19

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken

Unbroken penned by author Laura Hillenbrand is a true story of an Olympic track star, Louis Zamperini, who became an airman in World War II. In May of 1943, his plane crashed over the Pacific Ocean. After being stranded at sea for more than a month on a raft without food or water and having to fend off leaping sharks, he and his companion Russell were taken as a prisoner by Japanese Forces.

Why You Should Read It: From the author of the bestselling Seabiscuit, Unbroken is a perfect read for a fan of war stories. A memorable story of man’s ride into extremity, this is the evidence to the resilience of the human will power and courage.

Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Jack O’Connell, Jai Courtney.

Release date: December 25

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

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A woman named Christine wakes up in an unknown bedroom everyday next to a stranger. Each night, her memories disappear after she falls asleep. The story moves forward with a slow pace and the narrator of the story, Christine, tries to understand and uncover the hidden truths of her past. Relying on her doctor, she starts a journal to help jog her memory every day.

Why You Should Read It: Suspenseful from start to finish, Before I go to Sleep is a must read for every mystery and suspense lover.

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth

Release Date: No release date has been set yet

 

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