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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 10 Teen and Young Adult Book Series

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

Suffused with love triangles, adventure anger, tragedy, anguish, blood and strong male and female protagonists, this wonderful collection of teen and young adult book series selected by our editorial team will not only appeal to teenagers or young adults but also to those whose ages have already crossed the teen level. For everyone who wishes to jump upon the excited world of teen and YA fantasy, these amazing and adventurous series are worth reading.

Harry Potter Series

harry potter

Named after titular character, Harry Potter, this series of seven fantasy novels, including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling have been made into movies by Warner Bros Pictures. Translated into 67 languages, the series chronicles the tale of young wizard, Harry Potter and his expedition through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Suffused with the elements of suspense, thriller, adventure and mystery, the book has received a host of awards since publication.

Divergent Series

divergent seriesSet in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, this #1New York Times bestseller trilogy by Veronica Roth exposes the secrets of a dystopian world. The author spun a gripping tale of a world, where children are divided into five factions according to their abilities such as Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Candor. Beatrice Prior, the main protagonist and a strong-willed sixteen-year-old girl of the novel, doesn’t fit in the criteria. This fast-paced young adult series encompasses Insurgent, Divergent and Allegiant

Twilight Series

twilight series

American author Stephenie Meyer wrote this wonderful series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels. It tells the unusual love story of Isabella Swan, a teenage girl and a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The books in order are – Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Written by Suzanne Collins all the three titles of this trilogy has been a NY Times bestsellers. This adventurous science fiction series consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Percy Jackson and Olympians series

Rick Riordan authored this pentalogy of adventure and sci-fi books. Sold 20m copies in more than 35 countries; this series has been on ”The New York Times” Best Seller list for more than 55 months. Riordan’s YA fantasy series has been released along with four supplementary books and a graphic novel.  The books in order are- The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.

The Giver series

The Giver Series

Written by Lois Lowry, this is a tale of 12-year old boy named Jonas who receives a life assignment. The boy chose the special way that leads him to a strange unknown man- the man called only the Giver. He knows the truth and memories of the past and tells him the dark secrets that lie beneath the flimsy perfection of his world. Set in the same future era, this series contains three other books named- The novel forms Gathering Blue (2000), Messenger (2004), and Son (2012).

The Mortal Instruments Series

The Mortal Instruments Series

The author Cassandra Clare has written this series of six young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. The series consists of City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and  City of Heavenly Fire. The last novel in the series has not been published yet.

Vampire Academy Series

Vampire Academy series

A series of six YA paranormal romance books by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy is a story of teen Dhampir girl, Rose Hathaway, who is training to be a bodyguard for her Moroi bestfriend, Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir. The books Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice. The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, was being made into a motion picture.

The Maze Runner Trilogy

The maze runner series

Written by James Dashner, this trilogy- The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure, revolves around a teen named Thomas who combats to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The first book in this YA dystopian sci-fi trilogy has been made into movie in 2014 by Fox.

Delirium Series

Delrium seriesThis wonderful YA Dystopian trilogy,  written by Lauren Oliver, chronicles the story of Lena and Alex, two teens who fall in love with each other in a society where love is considered as a disease. Published in January 2011, this dystopian YA series consists of Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem.

 

Top 10 Romantic Quotes From Literature

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Author: Sherry Helms

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When you’re falling short of words to express your love to someone special in your life, then look at someone else’s can be very helpful. Almost all the great poets and writers have penned down the intricacies and mysteries of romantic feelings in the paper.

Here, in no particular order, is our selection of top 10 delightful love quotes from literature that will help you convey your deepest feelings effectively to the person you are dearly fond of. Have a look:

1. “One half of me is yours, the other half is yours, Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours, And so all yours.” —William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

2. “No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.” –– C.J. Redwine, Defiance

3. “I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” –– Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Creatures  

4. “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, Too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.” —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

5. “True love is rare, and it’s the only thing that gives life real meaning.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

6. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” –– John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

7. “Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you. I can only just see you.” –– Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

8. “I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.”–– Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

9.“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

10. “I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”–– Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster

Top Ten Most Romantic Novels: Valentine’s Day Special

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

On this Valentine Day, celebrate love with these wonderful romance novels whose essence speaks of love, whose pages and stories will please your senses and leave you experiencing a plethora of emotions. Whatever your plans for this romantic day, with or without your Valentine, these romantic books will take you into a world of love where you can have your heart’s desires fulfilled.

Here are our top ten picks for romantic novels, from medieval romances to recent classics, to try out in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen        

Pride and Prejudice

Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice is one of the most enduringly admired novels in the English literature. An ironic novel of manners, Pride and Prejudice revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, the chief protagonist and the second eldest of the 5 Bennet daughters. The garrulous Mrs Bennett wishes just to find a perfect match for each of her five daughters. It is an incredibly enjoyable story that book-lovers find irresistible because of its rich character study, depth, earnest romance, comedy and liveliness. The author beautifully narrates the trials and tribulations of a young woman in 18th century snobbish English society.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Partly autobiographical, Jane Eyre is a masterful tale of a women’s quest for love and liberty. The novel starts with the small and intelligent English orphan Jane Eyre, who physically and mentally abused by her aunt and cousins. When the girl attended a charity school, she further suffered the same hardships and tyrannies. Through it all, the girl remains strong-minded and decides not to allow such an unkind and egocentric world to squeeze her freedom or her strength or willpower. Charlotte Brontë’s timeless classic, “Jane Eyre” is a must read for anyone desiring to honor the indomitable power of determination.

Love Story by Erich Segal

Love Story

This is a funny, heartfelt, and moving story of two young college graduates, Oliver and Jenny, who meet at the Radcliffe library and get married quite a few days after graduation. It shows the beautiful bonding between two people who come from different worlds and who are opposite in nearly every way. Translated in 20 languages, Love Story ranked the top-selling work of fiction for all of 1970 in the US. Beautifully written, heartbreaking and touching, amusing and flip, Erich Segal’s outstanding novel, Love Story, still continues to make true lovers, desperate lovers, singles, readers from all around the world smile, laugh, and shed tears. Published on February 14, 1970, Valentine’s Day, this book is highly recommended to everyone who wanted to know the meaning of true love.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Based on a true story, The Notebook is a 1996 romantic and touching tale of love lost and regain by American novelist Nicholas Sparks. At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after WWII is distressed by memories of Allie Nelson he lost decades earlier.  Socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry an ambitious and prosperous lawyer, but she could not stop herself thinking about the boy who captured her heart like no other.  Then, starts a heart touching tale that moves us to laughter and tears and make us believe in the power of love. This is a truly moving love story, with all the emotions to hook you from the get-go.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveller's wife

The debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a mesmerizing love story about Henry DeTamble, a librarian with a genetic disorder that causes him to travel involuntarily through time, and about his wife, Clare Abshire, an artist, who has to put up with his regular absences and dangerous excursions.  Classified as both romance and science fiction, the book examines the issues of love, freedom and loss and uses time travel as a way to look at miscommunication and distance in relationships. Published in 2003, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a spellbinding story of fate and belief in the bonds of love.

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Gabriel's Inferno

From national bestselling author Sylvain Reynard comes a captivating and wildly passionate tale of a brilliant and enigmatic professor, Gabriel Emerson, and a kindhearted young woman Julia Mitchell. When Julia enrolls at the University of Toronto, she knows she will meet someone with whom she shared some crucial moment of her life. A fascinating and sinful exploration of seduction, unconditional love, and redemption, this is an unforgettable tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn love and forgiveness.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer converted millions of people into readers. An amazing young-adult vampire-romance novel chronicles the story of teenage girl, Isabella “Bella” Swan, who falls in love with a beautiful vampire boy, Edward Cullen. First book of the Twilight series, this is the best-ever written book that will blow your mind. Besides winning nearly every YA award under the sun, this is as timeless as well as perfectly executed tale of love.

Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Lolita

Penned down in English and published in 1955 in Paris, Lolita by Vladimirovich Nabokov is a funny, harrowing, heartbreaking, and transcendent story of a 37-38 year old European intellectual Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for a 12-year old Dolores Haze. Lolita is his private nickname for Dolores. Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, Lolita, is a captivating story that has the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows.

Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Nobody's Baby but mine34-years old unmarried Physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington wants a baby, but not a husband. However, her genius restricts her options and she’s decided to find an average or, preferably, stupid man or a man with limited intellect to balance out her genes. Written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and published in 1997, this is an incredibly amazing story of a nerdy professor who has never known family importance fall in love. Filled with lot of humor, engaging characters, enjoyable contemporary romance, spellbinding plot-line, feel-good ending this book is a must-read for everyone.

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

The Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams is an amazing and extremely poignant story of headstrong Scottish beauty Jennifer Merrick who was abducted from her convent school by the Duke of Claymore, Royce Westmoreland. Known as “The Wolf,” Royce’s very name strikes terror in the hearts of his enemies. But the proud Jennifer does not easily surrender to the powerful and brutal English warrior. Besides, she challenges his will until the day the rogue guy takes her in his powerful embrace. And suddenly she finds herself trapped in a mystifying web.

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