40 Books That Will Make You LOL

I love to laugh. Laughter relieves stress, decreases pain, relaxes your muscles, improves your mood and protects your heart. Even just hearing laughter primes your brain and makes you ready to smile and join the fun. Studies have shown that incorporating more humor and laughter into your daily routine increases energy and enables you to stay grounded, focused and alert. 

Always looking for ways to improve my health, and have a little fun, I polled 3,000 HPB Bibliomaniacs and asked them: What books make you laugh? And without further ado, here are 40 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud (LOL).

                 

Okay, even some of those titles made me laugh. Now, I have to admit, I have never read Nora Ephron nor David Sedaris, but I believe I’m about to start. I also must admit, I have been giving The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to friends and relatives ever since I read it my freshman year of college. I mean, that series tells you the answer to life, the universe and everything, and teaches you how to fly. Who wouldn’t want to read that?

What about you? What book made you laugh out loud? — Julie

40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

You know that book. The one you read in one or two sittings. The one you practically swallowed whole. What an exhilarating experience –– to be so captivated by a book that you cannot bear to do anything until you get to the last page!

I polled our ~3,000 HPB Bibliomaniacs around the country about which books they devoured. And they had much to say on the topic. So, if you’ve never read them, give these books a try. Without further ado, here are 40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down.

                                      
There seems to be something for everyone on this list — mystery, romance, biography, contemporary literature, classics, even paranormal. So, did your favorite quick read make the list? Add yours to our list by making a quick comment below.

— Julie

40 Classic Books You Should Have Read in School

Earlier this month Jim Swayze challenged you to read Classic Literature, but if you are anything like me, you wonder when a book stops being a regular book and starts being a “classic.” Interestingly enough, no one really knows. In fact, essays have been found debating the topic since the early 19th century. The term “classic” is accepted to mean that the book is noteworthy and stands the test of time. However, the noteworthiness of the book is also very subjective.

So how are you to know whether the book you are reading is a classic? Well, lucky for you, our employees know books. We conducted an extensive and amusing poll, consisting of the ever-so-technical question, “So, what do you think?” Without further ado, here are our employees’ selections for 40 Books You Should Have Read in School, a.k.a. Classic Literature.

 

 

 

  

So, how many of you read that list saying, “Read it. Read it. Hated it. Want to read it. Never heard of it . . .” ? Wow! You are like me. If so, I know that you will be itching to read those books that you haven’t read, and why not enter to win a $50 HPB gift card in the process. You have one more week to sign up for the HPB Reading Challenge: Lit Classics.

Tip: Les Miserables is almost 1,500 pages. A Christmas Carol is a little more than 100 pages. I’m just saying.

Did we leave out your favorite classic lit from our list? Let us know in the comments below.

— Julie