The Completely Normal List of Absurd Books

Embrace the ridiculous and absurd today because on November 20th, it’s National Absurdity Day! On this holiday, we should rejoice in the illogical, unreasonable or nonsensical. Life has absurd moments, why shouldn’t we celebrate them? A wonderful way to do so is to incorporate the absurd in your literature collection. Read on to discover a completely normal list of definitively absurd books!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
charlieandthechocfactoryBoth this book and its sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, are rich in humor and the absurd. Dahl’s imagination runs wild as the story unfurls in a strange chocolate factory owned by an eccentric. These oddball fantasy novels include such strange events as a girl blowing up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum, children being carried away on rivers of chocolate, a group being launched into space in a great glass elevator and other bouts of madness. This story has a sweet lesson to get across, which is that children who try their hardest to be good and to avoid those common temptations (gluttony, greed, envy, etc.) will be rewarded.

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Guinness Records for the Books

Books are amazing things — they can open your mind to new ideas and take you places beyond your imagination. But you know what else these multi-purpose tools can do? Help you set world records. To celebrate Guinness World Records Day and Guinness World Records 2017, we’ve put together a list of ways books have been used to make history.

Most Books Toppled in a Domino Fashion
At the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 14, 2015, Sinners Domino Entertainment of Germany broke the record for most books toppled in a domino fashion with 10,200 copies of Guinness World Records 2016. Watch it here:

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My Mother is a French Fry & 5 Other Book Titles I Couldn’t Resist

A few months ago, I was walking through the Flagship Half Price Books store on my way to get a cup of coffee and I noticed a book called One of Our Thursdays is Missing.  Instantly, I snatched it up and continued my journey to the coffee pot.  I had no idea what the book was about.  I had never read anything by the author, but I had to have it.  I had to read it. Why? Because the title was just too good to leave on the shelf.

As I excitedly showed this book to my co-workers (who secretly think I am insane), I wondered how often I base my book purchases on the title alone.  Here are a few books I have bought solely because they had a great title:

 

1. My Mother is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed Up Life, by Colleen Sydor. Teen Fiction, easy read, good story.

2. Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet, Please Shut Off the Sun, by Mike Resnick. Science Fiction, short stories, great for Sci-Fi fans.

3. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies, by Sonya Sones. Teen Fiction, interesting form. Story is written as poems as if from a teen’s diary or composition book and interspersed with email messages. Good story.

4. One of Our Thursdays is Missing, by Jasper Fforde. Hard to classify this book, as it’s both mystery and fantasy. You may want to look for it in general fiction. 6th in the Thursday Next series, highly recommended.

5. Half-Price Homicide, by Elaine Viets. Mystery, 9th in the Dead-End Job Mystery series. Working for Half Price Books, I just couldn’t pass this one up. Easy read.

6. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler. Teen Fiction, won the Michael L. Printz Award and made the ALA Best Books for Young Adults list.

What titles have you felt were too good to leave on the shelf?

Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

 

You Know You’re a Booklover When…

A true booklover knows that National Book Lovers Day is every day, but to the rest of the world, it’s celebrated on August 9.  Now, we booklovers are guilty of doing things that might seem pretty strange to others, but we’re too busy with our nose between the pages to care.

We asked you guys (the HPB booklovers) on Facebook what your bookish quirks are. Here are some of the top answers and our favorite responses.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A BOOKLOVER WHEN….

You spend your lunch break reading instead of eating.
You don’t need no stinking food! Well…maybe a little bit, but at least you’re feeding your brain with the sweet, sweet nectar of the newest bestseller.

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Spreadsheets and lists are your new BFF.
It ain’t easy keeping all your book business in order. Books you’ve read, books you want to read, books you own…you know, so you don’t buy To Kill a Mockingbird for the millionth time. In the words of DJ Khaled…

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11 Random Places We’ve Been Caught Reading

What I am about to say is going to scare some people, but if you can’t be honest during Get Caught Reading Month…you’d better not get caught.  I read whenever I’m stopped in traffic.  The moment I pull up to a red light or a traffic jam, my book opens, and I’m transported to another world where traffic ceases to exist—at least momentarily.  My co-workers find it fascinating to watch as I pull into the parking lot, book in hand, park and then continue to read until I’ve reached a good stopping point.  They also comment whenever I walk down the hallway, my head buried in a book.  Honestly, it’s not hard for me to get caught reading, but luckily I work in the perfect place, with people who love to read just as much as I do.  Here are some of the crazy places our bibliomaniacs have been caught reading.

While waiting for take-out food.

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At the movie theater before the previews begin.

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