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50 Novels to Read When You Need a Good Laugh

50 Novels to Read When You Need a Good Laugh
Posted on Thursday July 15, 2010 by Staff Writers Let’s face it: Sometimes you really need to get away. Between the economy, the war, and nightly news filled with spills of who knows what, it’s a good idea to take a break every now and then and actually laugh. That’s where these novels come in. They’re drawn from different genres, eras, and even continents, but they’re all pretty much guaranteed to give you a good laugh and help you ignore your troubles for a while, whether you’re a college student or beleaguered member of the rat race. So sit back, put your feet up, and pull one of these off the shelf. Classics New and Old This sampling of stories from past centuries to present day is a good way to get your feet wet with comic novels. Catch-22, Joseph Heller: One of the all-time classic war satires. Science-fiction and Fantasy These genre-based tales spoof the darker, denser fantasy works that came before. Fractured Love Stories American Life British Humor Coming of Age Mystery and Adventure

Book Country: Discover New Fiction with the Genre Map Publishers, booksellers, and readers describe books by their literary categories, or genres. It's how books are placed in stores and sold online. We created the Genre Map to help you find the right genre for your book. Roll over the map with your cursor to see the different genres. 74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games If you haven't read the Hunger Games you really should! They're pretty awesome. Check them out: 50 notable works of fiction Wilson’s marvelous first novel takes events similar to those of the Arab Spring, adds a runaway computer virus, an unconventional love story and the odd genie to create an intoxicating, politicized amalgam of science fiction and fantasy. — Elizabeth Hand By Ivan Doig (Riverhead) In this subtle and engaging narrative, a 12-year-old boy tries to figure out the adult world, including his saloonkeeper father. Doig, 73, delivers a slow-paced novel filled with the joys of careful and loving observation. — Jon Clinch By Jess Walter (Harper)

30 Books I'm Glad I Read Before 30 In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. Japanese Folktales selected and edited by D. L. Ashliman © 1998-2008 Top 100 Fiction A contemporary list, with an international flavour and a respect for the classics, The Best Books: Top 100 Novels of All Time list contains many of the great works of fiction you'd expect, but with a few surprises to add a little spice to the collection. Which books would you omit and which would you add to our list? Please let us know in the comments section below. 50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.”

30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday The Web is grand. With its fame for hosting informative, easy-to-skim textual snippets and collaborative written works, people are spending more and more time reading online. Nevertheless, the Web cannot replace the authoritative transmissions from certain classic books that have delivered (or will deliver) profound ideas around the globe for generations. The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday.