This year it is more important than ever to find some humor in the world and turn toward those things that bring us warmth and laughter. The mood already seems to be lifting somewhat, with more hope peeking out along with the sunshine. With this is mind, I wanted to mention some authors and books that provide levity—taking us through to brighter days ahead. Many of these are older titles, convenient if you want to start a well-established series or need something to amuse you while you wait for your holds to arrive. I have separated these roughly by genre, although many can be considered crossovers or even parodies.

Humorous “Classic” Fiction Authors:

PG Wodehouse, Oscar Wilde, James Thurber, Kingsley Amis, Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace

March's Featured Reviews

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Recent Readings

I just finished listening to Carol Burnett’s wonderful This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection. If you can, get the audiobook version of this one, it is like being reunited with a dear friend.

Right now, I am reading March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, ill. Nate Powell (the Groton Reads graphic novel selection that is simply amazing); A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness; Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers (for the GPL Mystery Book Club!); and listening to Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Did I miss something? Do you know about other books that make you laugh out loud or quote to others? I always love hearing from you ( and want to thank you for all the fabulous recommendations!

Until next time: Be well and be well-read!


So, who am I, anyway? I am a resident of West Groton, with a husband, 4 teenaged children and a Samoyed puppy-all of whom are systematically destroying our house during the COVID crisis. I am currently working part time at the Groton Public Library and in a former life I was employed as a Director or PR/Marketing at a high-tech consulting firm. My BA is in Psychology, but most of my time was spent in college earning a Concentration on the Novel. That is all to say that I make no claims at being an expert of any kind and my thoughts, opinions and mistakes are solely my own. I am just a person whose passion for books has continued to grow from the moment I was first able to grip and gnaw on them, and I have been devouring them ever since.

Mar 01, 2021 / Joelle M Egan