Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Books for Rainy Days

Summer is almost upon us, but you wouldn't know it just by looking out the window, at least not around here. Rain, thunder, rain, heavy coulds and some more rain, that's pretty much all we see.

I don't know about you, but the weather affects me terribly. Rain usually makes me depressed and withdrawn, and the only thing that can truly pull me out is a funny, low-angst book. Over the years, I've found quite a few favorites I tend to reread when I need to relax, and today I want to share them with you.

7. The Lizzie & Diesel series by Janet Evanovich, starting with Wicked Appetite, is hands down one of the funniest, most ridiculous things I've ever read. The series has paranormal elements, but they are not to be taken seriously, and neither is the plot. Basically, the whole thing is like an episode of Looney Tunes - do not expect anything like character development or a decent plot, but do expect a one-eyed cat named Cat 7142 and a monkey that keeps flipping everybody off.
"The way it’s been told to me is that there are seven deadly sins known collectively as SALIGIA. Envy, Pride, Greed, Gluttony, Lusty, Grumpy, and Sneezy.” 
“I think some of those were dwarfs,” I said to Diesel

6. Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie was written... wait for it... by Jennifer Crusie! Need I say more?! Her books always make me feel better about life in general, and her sense of humor works for me every single time. Maybe This Time is a standalone, which I appreciate, and it has a light paranormal element, which I also appreciate. But like all Jennifer’s books, it’s essentially a romance, and a second chance one. Oh, and did I mention  it’s hilarious?
“A lot of really big trees had died to make that desk. His mother had probably gnawed them down, used her nails to saw the boards, and finished the decorative cutwork with her tongue.” 

5. Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford. How can a book titled Suicide Notes be heart-warming enough to earn a place on this list, you ask? Don't ask me, ask Michael Thomas Ford. It takes a truly brilliant mind to turn such a serious issue into something that can make you laugh and feel good about life. Make no mistake, this book will make you rethink some things and it will occasionally make you cry, but it will be so worth it. Ford often writes about LGBT kids and their issues and I admire him for it. Suicide Notes is just the shiniest example of his work to date.
“It's a really crappy feeling to realize that your entire outook on your life can be controlled by some little pill that looks like a Pez, and that some weird combination of drugs can make your brain think it's on a holiday somewhere really sweet when you're standing naked in the middle of the school cafeteria while everyone takes pictures of you. Metaphorically. Or whatever.” 

4. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. When it comes to Harvey's Drake Chronicles, I have just one word for you: Lucy. Harvey poured her considerable sense of humor into this one character and the end result is a series I keep going back to even now, long after she finished it. This series is a very light young adult paranormal romance that can make me feel great at the worst of times.
“I hadn't had a chance to read an entire novel in weeks.
Whatever the others might say about politics, civil war, and hunters, the real evil was lack of reading time. If they all read more they might freak out less. And if I was going to live forever I was going to have to start a reading list."

3. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Don't you just love Carriger's books? She really brings something new to the table. Her humor is different and interesting, her language just exquisite, and Alexia a character so easy to love. Emily Gray narrates this series beautifully, I highly recommend the audio. In any case, read this series if you haven't already. It's guaranteed to make you smile.
“Miss Tarabotti was not one of life's milk-water misses--in fact, quite the opposite. Many a gentleman had likened his first meeting with her to downing a very strong cognac when one was expecting to imbibe fruit juice--that is to say, startling and apt to leave one with a distinct burning sensation.” 

2. Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. When it comes to making readers laugh, no one is better at it than Darynda Jones. Charley ows her insane popularity solely to Darynda sense of humor. Those of us who've been following the series from the start have learned to expect this from them both. Laughing ourselves into stitches is a common occurence when you hold a Charley Davidson book in your hands. The fact that Reyes is steaming hot and that we also have a brilliant cast of secondary characters is just a really cool bonus.
"Got it. Have you seen my pants?"
"Speaking of which, how did you get home without them?"
"I borrowed a pair of you sweats. I ran into a convenience store with them on. I talked to neighbors out in their yard when I pulled up. And only after I got inside did I realize they had 'Exit Only' written across the back."
"You stole my favorite sweats?"
"I wanted to die."
"It's weird that sweats would make you suicidal. I'd analyze the crap out of that if I were you."
"Do you actually wear those in public?"
"Only when I go out in them.” 

1. Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander. There's very little I could say about Shattered Glass that I haven't said already. The fact that it's here as number one, chosen over Charley Davidson, speaks louder than words. Austin Glass is my go-to guy whenever I'm feeling tired, sad or just plain lonely. He can make me laugh in a matter of minutes, and his heart-warming honesty always leaves me thoroughly entertained and happy. For this book, I'd highly recommend the audio version since it's one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of listening. The narrator is Austin and his voice is truly remarkable.
“Out of curiosity, when do I grow up and become a fullfledged man with a penis?”
“When words like ‘hump day’ don’t make you giggle like a twelve-year-old,” he retorted, blowing smoke my way.
“Wow, that long?” 

Of course, we mustn't forget the Kate Daniels series, which was on my list last week, or Molly Harper's Naked Werewolf series, or Carrie Harris' Bad Taste in Boys and many, many others.

What's the funniest books you remember reading? Recommendations are more than welcome. :)


  1. Oh that Charley kills me. hahahah! I don't know what it is about rainy days, but it makes just want to read in bed the whole day. It doesn't matter what. It just inspires me to read. :)

  2. Ah yes I'm curious about the new Evanovich one.

  3. Funniest book...hmmmm, well Soulless was pretty dar amusing. The earlier Steph Plum likewise

  4. I adooooore Charley too and I feel like binge reading Seventh & Eighth Grave is something I must indulge in soon!!

  5. Thank you so much for this list Maja because I'm glad you, the weather definitely affects my mood and what I want to read. I haven't read some of these so I'll be sure to check them out.

  6. This is a wonderful list Maja - thanks! I love Charley who always makes me smile. I would love tostart the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger one day.

  7. Exit only. *dies* I really, really need to get caught up on those books Maja! And I need to read the Drake Chronicles, I've heard nothing but amazing things about it:) And now that you've put me on the spot and asked me about funny books I can't think of a single one aside from the Stephanie Plum books. It's going to come to me 5 minutes after I leave this page ;-)

  8. Summer is just ending in our country and it's going to be the rainy season already! o_o So thank you very much for these recommendations!

    I have had the Drake Chronicles on my TBR for years already. I'm baffled that our local bookstore sells the sequels but not the first book. :/ I'll have to settle with getting it on Kindle, then! Lucy definitely sounds like my kind of girl. ;)

    I've also really wanted to read the Charley Davidson books for forever! The only adult PNR series I've finished is the Night Huntress series (LOVED--also incredibly funny), and I'm looking for another one to love. ;)

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  9. Oh I adore this list! I've been all about the funny books lately. I SO agree about Shattered Glass. I know I listened to it recently so it's still in my mind but I can imagine listening/reading this one over and over. Austin is probably the funniest character I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
    I think I need to grab a Janet Evanovich book. I'll go add it to the wish list right now actually!

  10. Sigh. I love MAYBE THIS TIME. Such a great mood read. And North . . .

  11. I LOVE THE LIZZE & DIESEL STORIES!! They're just ridiculous fun. I wish she'd write more, for sure! There's just something about stories with a wicked sense of humor.

  12. I bought Shattered Glass and hope to get to it soon. Feed is mighty long - I didn't really realize it at first :) I'm bookmarking this page (AGAIN!), because I haven't read anything on your list. Which probably means that I need to lighten up a little, lol.

  13. Big yes to Charley and Kate Daniels. I sometimes just reread passages because they are so funny. If you like high school boys humor, I'd highly recommend Swim the Fly series by Don Calame. The audiobooks are great, but these had me laughing so hard I was crying.

  14. Oh the weather actually makes me sick. :( But a good book does help. You know I need to read all these contemps you have listed here. I'm adding them to my list. I'm so going to have to read Dani Alexander. Loved that quote! LOL

  15. Weather effects me with temps, I don't handle heat well at all and sometimes rain gets me too.

  16. Rainy weather makes me want to read something light and funny too. Thank Goodness, we finally have sunny days here. I was very surprised to see Suicide Notes on your list. I’ve seen its cover many times, but I thought it’s a heavy and depressing book. Thanks for information, I might check it out.

  17. Confession I have the boxed set of The Parasol Protectorate and haven't opened it. *hangs head* Awesome list Maja I am making notes

  18. I don't mind rainy days because they give me an excuse to settle down on the couch with tea and a book, rather than running around like a crazy person.
    Looks like I will need to try Shattered Glass :)
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics

  19. We had the wettest rainiest May. I was really starting to lose it... and I like rain. The one good thing about it is cuddling up with a good book. Great list! I added Suicide Notes to my TBR shelf.


Thank you for stopping by and commenting. If you're a fellow blogger, I'll visit and return the favor as soon as possible. If your're using Google+ to comment, please make sure that your blog link is clearly visible on your profile.

Unfortunately, this is now an award and tag free blog, but I do thank you for your consideration.