Book’d in Burbank Authors Share Their Favorite Funny Reads
The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, April 10th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to sponsor this amazing night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share details on the books that make them laugh no matter how often they read them.
“I have no recollection of why, many years ago, I picked up I’ll Take It by Paul Rudnick, but I’m eternally grateful that I did. I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but I’m one of those horrible people who, when confronted with something funny, says ‘Huh. Funny’ with a stony face and this book made me, yes, laugh out loud. It’s delightful and if you haven’t read it yet, I envy you because you get to enjoy it for the first time. Although, I suspect, not the last.”
“The books that always make me laugh are A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. When I was young I had a very hard time reading. Shel Silverstein’s The Light in the Attic was one of the first books I learned to read on my own. I loved his quirky sense of humor and his funny stories. In a world filled with extra worksheets to help my fluency, full of dull stories that weren’t interesting, he was the one who made me laugh and want to read. He wrote poems about girls who ate whales, and kings whose mouths got stuck together with peanut butter. The What if’s that crawl in your ear at night, and Peggy Ann Mackay who couldn’t go to school because she had every disease under the sun. Those were worth reading. Those made me smile. And everyone should smile when they read.”
“The book that made me laugh the hardest when I read it was John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. It had been recommended to me by a friend, and as I went along, I had to stop reading several times to call and tell him how funny a certain line was. There’s a line where the main character looks like “a dinosaur egg about to hatch”, which is one of my favorite lines from any book, ever. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much while reading a book as I did when reading Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. The book opens with an absolutely ridiculous exchange between the teenager heroine and a gross vampire, and I was immediately amused by this girl who didn’t take her job capturing paranormals too seriously. The author did such a great job weaving hilarious dialogue around dangerous situations that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud!”
What book still makes you laugh?
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