In my inbox this week is an email from regular reader Gry, who lives in Oslo, Norway, where the news has been terrifying and heartbreaking:
I live in Oslo. (‘nuff said, I think) I am also a very serious bookaholic.
Whenever I have a spare minute, you will vind I have my nose buried in a
book (or its electronic equivalent). So what kind of book should I choose
when the world has suddenly turned dark, violent and bloody?
My usual fare of action-packed SF and Fantasy books are just too bloody (pun
intended) relevant right now – some of my favorite authors tend to end up
with too hefty body counts for me to be entirely happy with them right now.
Or, occasionally, as in S. M. Stirling’s books (which I am usually very
happy to reread) the villains’ personalities are also too bloody (pun
intended, again) similar to what I imagine the local contribution to world
terrorism (sort of hanging onto my composure by my fingernails here) is
likely to be. So no go.
Another all-time favorite is Lois McMaster Bujold. The theme of her latest
book is mortality, and despite her genius as an author, it is not one I
would want to read (or reread) right now, but something like her A Civil
Campaign, is just about what I need. Because it is fun. And light-hearted.
And incredibly well-written. And has a happy ending. And did I mention fun?
I can do with a bit more fun in my life right now. So perhaps the Bitchery
can help out with their favorite happy, light-hearted and fun books?
I totally understand the desire for fun, lighthearted, and happy books right now. We’ve talked about comfort reads that provide respite from grief and unhappiness in the past, but we haven’t done a happy, funny, light-hearted recommendation list.
My immediate recommendations are for books that make me laugh out loud, and that are on the goofy-humor side of amusement, such as Spoiled by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (my review), or Exclusively Yours and Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey, which cracked me up as well.
What books made you laugh, and feel happy? Anyone got any suggestions?