Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Help! Happy / Funny Books Wanted!

Like most people, my taste in books changes frequently. Based on my mood. Based on book genre fatigue. Based on what's new. Etc.

Lately, I'm in the mood for contemporary fiction that will make me laugh and leave me with a smile on my face.

A few examples:

Anything by Jen Calonita, Joanna Philbin, Elizabeth Eulberg, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith

*The problem is I've read all of their books!

Adult Fiction:

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Anything by David Sedaris (which is real-ish)

I need more books!

What books can you recommend that are light, funny, and have happy endings?

YA preferred but will appreciate anything!


  1. I'll have to think about this one. I've read so many fun books lately but most are adult romance. I'm not sure it would be your thing.

    Maybe Love Like the Movies. It gets a little frustrating at times but it's cute and light.

    1. Adult romance works. I particularly love regency romance like Julia Quinn and Sarah MacLean. I want to try Eloisa James too.

  2. Try Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number. It was a happy read to me :)
    Actually I'd recommend Colleen Hoover's books, but there were parts that made me tear(not cry) so I'm not sure if you wanted that, but it did plaster a smile to my face. Big time. :D

  3. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick is great, hilarious and definitely has a happy ending, hence the title :) I gave it 5 stars!!
    And it was way better than the movie, even though the movie was fabulous!!
    Michelle ~ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

  4. I know what you mean, I've been needing more light-hearted books recently. I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (Adult) and the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter (YA). They always make me laugh and smile. There is some seriousness to them but they are definitely fun!

  5. I really loved American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin. It was lots of fun and overall very cute and happy!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. I can highly recommend any contemporary book by Kasie West. I think for now the only one that's out is The Distance Between Us and I adored that book! :D

  7. Jill Mansell's books always leave me smiling. Her books are always quite light :)

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexis is hilarious! I have taught it in my English classes and students laugh out loud. :)

    1. I'll throw another big thumbs up for Sherman Alexis ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY - totally hilarious!

  9. I second American Girl on Saturn. If you don't mind reading LGBT books then I recommend Know Not Why by Hannah Johnson and The Student Prince by FayJay (Fanfiction of Arthur/Merlin).

  10. I recommend Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep a Secret (chick lit) or Gordon Korman's I Want to Go Home (YA) :) Those really have me laughing out loud!

  11. love Contemps and I love a good Happy Ending that leaves you smiling and feeling content....so other than the great authors you listed here are a few other go-tos of mine:

    Ally Carter - love her Heist Society and Gallagher Girls series, really fun lighthearted YAs

    Meg Cabot - love her! She does YA and Chick Lit, my favorites for lighthearted would be her Boy series and/or her Heather Wells series

    Eileen Cook - she writes both as well but I love everything she writes

    Anything by Sarah Dessen usually ends in a happy note

    Sophie Kinsella - writes adult but I've Got Your Number and Can You Keep A Secret were both very fun

    Anything Jill Mansell writes (chick lit)

    Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham - also chick lit but very fun

    I guess I should stop already...Hope these help! :)

    Jenn @ Tale of Two Doxies

  12. Jennifer Echols--the earlier books when they had the cartoon covers: The Boys Next Door, Major Crush, The Ex Games. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart is pretty cute. And Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series is hilarious. :)

  13. Kody Keplinger always manages to bring a smile to my face. Her books are perfect contemporaries for spring/summer!

  14. I wish I could help you, but I don't read a lot of funny, light contemporaries, and especially ones that you haven't read yet. I hope you find something that you'll like.

    Well, I guess you could try My Big Nose and other Natural Disasters by Sydney Salter. It's not the best, but it's fun and it's funny. You might enjoy it.

  15. Okay she's YA, but I've never laughed so much while reading a book let alone a series. Katie Maxwell's "The Year My Life Went Down the Loo" series is just...I got kicked out of the library for laughing too loud.

    Also the Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz are a MUST READ. These are Adult Contemporary Fiction (mysteries though)

    Hope I helped :)

    Rebecca @ Vicariously!

  16. You mentioned The Rosie Project which is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I love David Sedaris. I am only about 20 percent in but a book called Chasing Prophecy by James Moser is pretty funny. Romantic funny. Again I am not into it but so far I would recommend it. I have funny books on my list if I get to them I will let you know.

  17. Well, how about "Please, let me be a Seiyuu!", perhaps? www.amazon.com/Please-Seiyuu-Hollow-Voices-Volume/dp/1495318923

  18. Alison, have you ever tried any of Christopher Moore's books? My absolute favorite is Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. If you don't mind religious satire, it is amazingly funny!

    The Stupidest Angel by Moore is also very good.

  19. Have you read any books by Rachel Hawthorne? She has lots of teen, cuties summer read that always end in a HEA.

  20. Oh my gosh this is right up my alley! You definitely have to try some Sarah Mlynowski, specifically Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) - this books is 100% FUN. Also, E. Lockhart is a genius - try the Ruby Oliver Series. Then there's Lauren Myracle - check out the ttyl series and Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks. AND THEN. Sarah, E., and Lauren all got together and wrote a book of EPIC proportions - How to Be Bad. It's in my holy grail of YA books and you def need to check it out if you want something fun :)

  21. In the laugh like a nut memoir category, 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened' by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess) is hysterical. Not YA, but an easy read.

  22. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Anything Sarah Dessen, The Distance Between Us(one of my faves) by Kasie West, Attchments by Rainbow Rowell(so much love). Do you like New adult? There's some not so dark ones there too.

    Happy reading!

    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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