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hey, I started school about three weeks ago and the stress of homework and parents are getting to me. i need a book that will take my mind off of reality, something that I can laugh about and just relax. Genre  isn't a big deal, i just need something new.


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Sep. 5th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Garden Spells
Sep. 5th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum-novels are my popcorn for the brains books.
Sep. 5th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
Seconding this! They helped me over some really rough time this spring.
Sep. 5th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
The Pretty Little Liars books are like written crack- not a shred of literary value but enjoyable (in a guilty pleasure sort of way) and incredibly addictive.

Some people find the Shopaholic books light and funny. I suppose they are but by the second book, I mostly just wanted to hit the main character over the head with her shoe and call her a dumbass.

I will think of some better ones..

Sep. 5th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
-Anne of Green Gables
-The Book of Awesome
-Pendragon series - for a somewhat younger set but has good world-building and thus escape-ish. Not comedy though. Can be a bit on the darkish side at times but not overly-so. Sort of in the Harry Potter realm in terms of tone, and target age range (including maturing with each new book).
- now, this is a kids book, but trust me: I Want To Go Home by Gordon Korman is one of the funniest books I've read in my life. The kid has this deadpanned sarcasm and outlook on life at summer camp which is hilarious.

Still thinking...
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Sep. 5th, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you like them. They really are fun and entertaining and the antidote to "blah" books, aren't they?
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Sep. 5th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
There is very little that makes me happier in this world than knowing someone loved the same book I did because I shared how much I enjoyed it. So I'm quite happy to hear you liked them, and that you're continuing to enjoy her works.
Sep. 5th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
Once upon a time, I had an apartment fire, and was pretty stressed out about it. Two books were able to transport me somewhere else so I could forget my troubles.

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle felt familiar, yet new enough that I enjoyed reading it immensely. I'd watched the movie dozens of times as a kid, and meant to pick up the book for ages. I was glad I did, right then.

Onion Girl by Charles de Lint was the second, and it immersed me in an urban fantasy landscape where fairy tale creatures seamlessly blended into a gritty cityscape. My problems felt much smaller next to Jilly Coppercorn's.

Those two authors have become my go-to writers when I need to escape for a while. It helps that they're both wonderful and kind human beings.
Sep. 5th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul by Douglas Adams
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett.
Sep. 5th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
Anything by A. Lee Martinez, but I particularly recommend:

"Too Many Curses"
"A Nameless Witch"

All stand alone books. Definitely not "reality".
Sep. 7th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Oo, I second this. A Nameless Witch especially.
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