Funny girls and Mo Willems

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At the Library with Chantelle Taylor

When I read I like to escape; I love to step out of my reality for a few moments into something nice and exciting. I want to be taken “away from it all” not hear about other people’s horrors.  Now having said that I do like a good scary mystery, I like a dead body book occasionally and don’t even mind crying sometimes. What I don’t like to step into when I read are depressing horrible books, I will say it again, like dystopian fiction. I think the world is crappy enough without having to read about crappier alternative versions. Today I am going to focus on funny, its freezing cold, I am beyond sick of shovelling, and I want something to lift my spirits.   

At the top of my list is the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I love Stephanie Plum and sometimes I like to pretend I am Stephanie Plum. If I am ever in a coma, this is what I want read to me.  And for heaven’s sake get the audiobooks; don’t let some hack read them to me.  Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter in Trenton New Jersey. She is not the best bounty hunter, she is not the worst and sometimes she doesn’t make enough money to pay her rent on time; but she always gets her skip, even if she does blow up a few cars or a funeral home along the way.

I have a very hard time recommending titles to follow up Stephanie Plum, but one I do enjoy is the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Charley is the grim reaper and it is her job to convince people go into the light. Charley is also a private investigator and when people die under suspicious circumstances she helps them to find their murders. This series isn’t quite as light and fluffy as Stephanie Plum, but it has a plucky heroine with a great sense of humour who always gets her man. Plus, it has a hunky guy, how can you go wrong?

Not a fiction lover? There are a plethora of hilarious memoirs written by bloggers and celebrities. Bossypants by Tina Fey –Warning! Don’t listen to this book while driving; the cops will never believe you were laughing so hard you hit another car. Kelly Oxford’s Everything’s Perfect When You are a Liar; Oxford is a stay at home mom who became a Twitter sensation and is now living in LA working on a TV pilot. Anyone who can re-kindle my love for Troop Beverly Hills is okay in my book.  Want more? Mindy Kaling’s Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns), Sara Silverman’s The bedwetter : stories of courage, redemption, and pee, Jenny Lawson aka The Blogess’Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) are all so funny and not to be missed.

What about something funny to read with your kids? You can never go wrong with Mo Willems; Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus or anything Elephant and Piggie. These books are as much fun for the adults as they are for the kids and should be on everyone reading list.  

Maybe you would like to escape the winter blues, but you’re not a reader; check out The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, Pitch Perfect starring Anna Kendrick or 30 Rock starring Tina Fey, one of the best TV series of the last 10 years. All these title and more are available on dvd at your library.

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Chantelle Taylor is the youth services librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.

Organizations: Cumberland Public Libraries

Geographic location: Trenton New Jersey, Oxford, Los Angeles Troop Beverly Hills

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