Autobiography/Biography, Fantasy, Humor, Juvenile Fiction, Short Stories

And Timmy strikes again!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn runs away from his drunk father down the river and meets up with a runaway slave, Jim. He nearly gets caught many times.

Other books read this month:

The lesser-known Roald Dahl collection: In typical Roald Dahl style, these wacky books are funny.
The Vicar of Nibbleswickle
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
Danny the Champion of the World
George’s Marvelous Medicine
The Minpins
The Twits

The Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: These stories are the prequel of Peter Pan.
Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Shadow Thieves
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Peter and the Sword of Mercy

The My Father’s Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannett: Elmer rescues a dragon and goes on a few adventures with him.
My Father’s Dragon
Elmer and the Dragon
The Dragons of Blueland

And randomly:

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Sleeping Dog by Donald J. Sobel
The Littles by John Peterson
The Sword in the tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
Double Fudge by Judy Blume

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and became our third president.

Humor, Romance

Eleanor Oliphant is just fine by Gail Honeyman

I loved this book I loved this odd, quirky character Eleanor. Written in Eleanor voice you laugh, feel compassion and sorrow for this woman. Raised in numerous foster homes she is intelligent, speaks perfectly and has a relegated structured life. She fights severe depression. She has no friends and is fine. Life begins to change for her as the IT person at work Raymond enters her life. Eleanor lacks a filter and says exactly what she feels that can and does lead to awkward social situations. Getting a Brazilian wax was hysterical. You can’t help enjoying Eleanor.


Fantasy, Humor

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Moist Von Lipwig gets hanged and winds up with a job, a guard who doesn’t sleep eat or use the bathroom to keep him honest, and a building full of undelivered letters that may just be talking to him. Luckily Moist knows how to land on his feet, the trick is not to slow down. He finds himself in direct competition with one of the most dangerous men in the city. Between arson, contract killers, a horse from hell, and a woman he lovingly calls Spike, he never realized an honest job in a post office could be so fun!


Autobiography/Biography, Humor

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This is the autobiography / Memoir of Amy Poehler. She played Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, and worked on SNL. It’s chock-full of her sense of humor and talks about a lot of different things. It isn’t chronological but rather connects thoughts, topics, and ideas to each other and reads more like when you actually hear someone talk about themselves. I enjoyed it, she’s funny.


Humor, Short Stories

Kerplunk by Patrick McManus

Patrick McManus is a very good comedic author. He primarily writes funny, semi-autobiographical short stories about camping, fishing, and his childhood. Most of the ones in this collection are stories from his adult life, including one about how when their boss joined their annual hunting trip he fixed the car, actually shot things, brought a TV, and took all the misery out of it which took all the fun out if it too. So they hooked him up with one of their friends ex wives who was perfect for him but hated hunting so they all ended up happy. And one about he’s sorry he didn’t have anything written for a magazine column but you see what happened was this whole convoluted adventure…


Humor, Science Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


I enjoyed the radio series based on this novel back in the 1980s. That introduced me to the book. Then there was the 2005 film, which was extremely faithful to the book—indeed, incomprehensible without it. So I re-read “Hitchhiker’s Guide” because it jumped off the shelves at me. And because Richard Dawkins dedicated his book to Douglas Adams and quoted him extensively. And because a friend told us she met her true love because he said “Forty-two” when she asked him a question. It’s still a quirky, silly, funny and thought-provoking book almost 30 years after it first came out. In 1979 Adams predicted drones with cameras, e-readers, and virtual reality devices. He was also quite prescient when he wrote: “He was desperately worried that one day sentient life forms would forget how to [count]. Only by counting could humans demonstrate their independence of computers.” Too true!


Humor, Romance

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith


What a pleasant surprise this little gem of a book was. It concerns a husband and wife who are attempting to run an ice house in Florida when seemingly sabotage is afoot. The characters are very likable and their dilemmas difficult: to wit, an impending lawsuit and physical and medical problems on the husband’s part. Complications arise and the husband takes off to his native Scotland with his next door neighbor. The wife goes through a searching moral inventory when she is missing/resenting him. Funny and delightful. I recommend this book as a good read.