Any recommendations for light hearted books to lift the spirit?

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Any recommendations for light hearted books to lift the spirit?

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  1. Try the “#1 Ladies Detective Agency” series… very light, fun, and hearwarming book about the first and only female detective in Botswana, Africa.

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  2. Where’d you go Bernadette. I think that’s the title.

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  3. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg.

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  4. Our souls at night, The Guest Cat, Nightbird (Alice Hoffman)

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  5. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

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  6. Anything by Mary Kay Andrews!

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  7. Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman

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  8. Jan Karon – Mitford Series

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  9. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

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  10. Three Men In A Boat, by Jerome K. Jerome. The misadventures of three young men on a two week camping trip

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  11. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

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  12. For comedy: Dave Barry!

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  13. The Blossom Street series by Debbie MacComber

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  14. The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared.

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    • I got this book right before we had to place my dad in a nursing home. He passed a few weeks later. I haven’t been able to get myself to read it. Is it really uplifting, or more bitter sweet?

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  15. Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross

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  16. David Sedaris books

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  17. David Sedaris and Christopher Moore

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  18. I also love Alexander McCall Smith.

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  19. The Rosie Project, Attachments, My Family and Other Animals

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  20. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

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  21. James Herriot’s books. I Capture the Castle. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Breathing Lessons. #1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Cannery Row, Travels With Charley. Travels With Alice. Enjoy!

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  22. Try anything by Fannie Flag but especially I Still Dream About You

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  23. Bridget Jones series.

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  24. There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell: A Novel of Sewer Pipes, Pageant Queens, and Big Trouble by Laurie Notaro.

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  25. I love the Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross, she always seems to lighten my mood!

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  26. Jan Karon wrote a series of books about an Episcopal minister living in a town called Mitford. Great books. Gentle humor!

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  27. The cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory.

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  28. I enjoy autobiographical. One of my favorites is Carol Burnett’s This Time Together

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  29. ephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

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  30. Any by Lorna Ludvik: Angry Housewives eating Bonbons or Patty Jane’s House of Curl are 2 fun reads😊📚

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  31. Second for A Man Called Ove and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore or The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.

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  32. Anything by MC Beaton, but especially the Agatha Raisin series. Set in the Cotswolds and always a mystery. A friend calls her a miss Marple’s tart. Lol

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  33. Fannie Flagg is always a lot of fun.

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  34. Jill Connor Browne’s Sweet Potato Queen books.

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  35. Harriet Beemer Takes the Bus

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  36. ephanie Plum series

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  37. Sophie Kinsellas Shopaholic books!

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  38. I am not sure if it is super lighthearted but I love Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve read several times because I love the characters and their stories. And as always with BK novels there is just so much good information!

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  39. Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

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  40. For that, I enjoy reading Richard Paul Evans books.

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  41. Erma Brombeck’s The Grass is always Greener Over the Septic Tank

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  42. The Storied Life of AJ Fickry

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  43. The Cat Who…. series by Lilian Jackson Braun

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  44. Jan Karon. The Mitford series.

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  45. Just read “The Charm Bracelet”, “The Hope Chest” and “The Recipe Box” by Viola Shipman this spring as I recovered from stomach surgery. Perfect light, sweet, heartfelt, genuine reading.

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  46. The # 1 Detective Agency series by Alexander McAll Smith.

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  47. The Lumby series by Gail Fraser

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  48. This group is AWESOME!!! Thank you so much for your wonderful book ideas! I don’t know where to start – you generously shared so many titles to choose from. There are just those times in life where you need to read something light and happy to pick up your spirits! Thanks again!! ❤️👏

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  49. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

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  50. Mark Twains short stories

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  51. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. LOVED this book. By same author of A Man Called Ove. A great message with quirky, great characters!

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  52. Anything by Jean Shepherd. The movie A Christmas Story ( which he narrates), is loosely based on his growing up n the ‘40s.

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  53. French Women Don’t Get Fat

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  54. A Fine Romance, Falling in Love with The English Countryside by Susan Branch

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  55. Jan Karon, definately!

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  56. A Walk in The Woods by Bill Bryson

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  57. Fannie Flagg, Elmwood Springs series. Start with Welcome to the World Baby Girl.

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  58. any book by sarah addison allen i love them

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  59. Try Dorothea ! Fun and mostly pretty light, without being dumb – and set in my happy place, the Lowcountry of South Carolina. 🙂 Or {{Elin}}, similar, but set in Nantucket. Both write good stories, with serious undertones – but handled with a lot of humor and positivity.

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  60. If you’re a fan of the Queen, Alan Bennett’s novella THE UNCOMMON READER is a wonderful little book. It has been a favorite of mine for several years now, and I’ve read it several times just because it cheers me. I recently had my book club read it, and they all loved it. And they all said they laughed out loud!

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  61. Sofie Kelley mysteries

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  62. Bitter is the New Black by Hen Lancaster

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  63. Janet Evanovich series with Stephanie Plum. Don’t judge they make me laugh out loud.

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  64. Bonkers Jennifer Saunders’ autobiography

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  65. Jennifer Chiaverini quilt series

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  66. Can’t Wait to get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg

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  67. Jenny Lawson’s books are hysterical!

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  68. ephanie Plum series. Makes you guffaw out loud

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  69. Rosemont series by Barbara Hinske. Cozy mysteries are fun.

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  70. Her Kiss Carlo is delightful, too.

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  71. arCrossed by Barbara Dee.

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  72. It depends on your age, but The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer made me chuckle out loud 😆

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  73. The lumpy series by Gail fisher or the harmony series by Philip gulley

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  74. I loved the James Herriot books for that very reason! All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, etc. they were laugh out loud funny and very heartwarming! I loved them all.

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  75. Anything by Sophie Kinsella, but especially My Not-So-Perfect Life, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, This is How by Augusten Burroughs, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, or Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson.

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  76. The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun. Fast, quirky, and humorous reads. Or C. A. Belmond’s “A Rather ” serious series. I consider both authors my happy place reads!

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  77. I like Alexander McCall Smith, either the Scotland Road series or No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I always smile throughout while reading his books.

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  78. Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins

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  79. Fannie Flagg books are always light hearted and lovingly written

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  80. Nancy Thayer or Elin Hildebrand – both great summer authors

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  81. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman

    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

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  82. This Is Where I Leave you by Jonathan Tropper, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, Funny Girl by Nick Hornsby, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah,The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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  83. I highly recommend ‘How to Walk Away’ by Katherine Center-great heartwarming story!

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  84. If you want to laugh, I am laughing out loud nearly every page of Richard Russo’s “Straight Man”.

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  85. Anything by David Sedaris, Laurie Notaro or J. Tropper.

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  86. Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene is an uplifting true story of the people in North Platte, Nebraska. They kept a canteen open in the depot for the entire duration of WWII. It was a labor of love and I found such love and generosity in a time when the world’s future was uncertain. I had such a high when I was finished with the book.

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  87. The Mitford Series…The Tour series by Jean Grainger (set in Ireland)

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  88. Anything by Karen Kingsbury

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  89. Patrick Taylor: An Irish Country Doctor Series!!!!

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  90. Jennifer Crusie is good for that!

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  91. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series

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  92. Yes, The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society.

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  93. James Herriott series starting with All Creatures Great and Small. You’ll laugh and cry but overall these books make you feel really good.

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  94. All Creatures Great and Small.

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  95. Anything by Sophie Kinsella

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  96. Do not read David Sedaris’s new collection of stories, “Calypso”, in public. You will make a fool out of yourself laughing.

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  97. Chicken Soup for the Soul. They have many topics with short stories.

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  98. Try books by Fannie Flagg 😊

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  99. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Lula makes me laugh out loud.

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  100. Flat Broke and Two Goats

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  101. God Never Blinks by Regina Brett

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  102. How about anything by Fannie Flag! And yes, yes to James Herriott, especially if you love animals.

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  103. Anything by P G Wodehouse! “Pigs Have Wings” is one 🙂

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  104. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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  105. Have you read the Mitford series? (Jan Karon)

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  106. Miss Julia series by Ann Ross

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  107. Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Wonderful stories gently told.

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  108. Anything by Janet Evanovich.

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  109. The rosie project is great

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  110. Anything by Fannie Flagg

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  111. Happiness for Beginners was a good, uplifting book.

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  112. Anything by Jon Hassler

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  113. Five Charms of Arthur Pepper, Little Paris Bookshop,

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  114. Auntie Mamie by Patrick Dennis

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  115. Try books by Sarah Addison Allen as well as Stuart Woods.

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  116. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. Hilarious!

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  117. If you are open to a fun series with a religious bent to them—not preachy, just comforting and sweet, try At Home in Mitford by Jan karon and the other books in the series.

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  118. Erma Bombeck — you will laugh out loud! Or any of the Mitford series by Jan Karon

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  119. I was going to sayThe Miford series too

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  120. Anything by Jeanne Ray. My favorite is Eat Cake. Laugh out loud funny.

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  121. Jan Karon’s books

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  122. I like Accidental Tourist Anne Tyler

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  123. Good question. These are troubling times.

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  124. “The Most of P. G. Wodehouse” by P. G. Wodehouse is my recommendation for a one-stop anthology that covers Wodehouse’s oeuvre, but if you wanted to start straight in with his Jeeves and Wooster books, that would be good too. I like the short story collections “The Inimitable Jeeves” and “Carry On, Jeeves” (which contains five stories from the earlier anthology “My Man Jeeves”) and the novels “Right Ho, Jeeves”, “The Code of the Woosters”, and “The Mating Season” best. “Right Ho, Jeeves” and “My Man Jeeves” are both available for free as e-texts at Project Gutenberg and as LibriVox audiobooks. The audiobooks are read by an American named Mark Nelson who doesn’t attempt to mimic a British accent, but it still somehow works. LibriVox also has an anthology I haven’t heard, but want to listen to, titled “Wodehouse in the Strand” that contains some of my favorite stories.

    I also like the Mr. Mulliner stories, which can be found in the volumes “Meet Mr. Mulliner”, “Mr. Mulliner Speaks”, and “Mulliner Nights”, as well as scattered through his other books, but you can also get them in one volume titled “The World of Mr. Mulliner”.

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  125. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

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  126. White, may be hard to find.

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  127. How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

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  128. The Mammy series by Brendan O’Carroll. There are sad bits, of course, but they’re mostly heartwarming!!

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  129. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. Great read!

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  130. Anything by David Sedaris, funny profound, well written and intelligent quick reads. Always fun😁

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  131. Fanny Flagg’s books have great characters and plots and are laugh out loud funny!

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  132. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle.

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  133. Alexander McCall Smith

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  134. Thale’s Folly by Dorothy Gilman.

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  135. I got a lot of laughs from The Rosie Project and from the Rosie Effect. Both intelligent, witty and easy to read. Graeme Simsion is the author.

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  136. Agnes and the Hit Man by Jennifer Cruise & Bob Mayer

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  137. “Lamb” by Christopher Moore

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  138. Auntie poldi and the lions

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  139. Letter From A Women HomeSteader was a very sweet book.

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  140. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

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  141. I counted and this wonderful group has shared over 130 books to lift the spirit. They’re all written down on my TBR list. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ❤️

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    • Let us know what you pick. 🙂

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    • Rachel I’m starting off with a Fannie Flagg book -I Still Dream About You. My mom already had it so it made it an easy choice. 😊👌 I’m excited about reading the others, too! I figured it out that if I read one a week the list will take me through at least 3 years! So I think I’m set. I just love that everyone was so kind in helping me!

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  142. Three Bags Full by Leslie Swann

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  143. Books by Emily Giffin or Sophia Kinsella.

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  144. Dixie Cash is the author of Domestic Equalizers books. Great funny read site in Midland, TX.

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  145. Lilian Jackson Braun… Cat Who Series.

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  146. David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series. You gotta start at the beginning: Open and Shut.

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  147. Garrison Keillor: Lake Wobegon Summer. Nostalgic and funny!!

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  148. Any of the Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, anything by Fannie Flag

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  149. Jan Karon’s Mitford series!

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  150. I really enjoyed the Aunt Dimity series by Nancy Atherton

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  151. The Mitford Series by Jan Karon or for laugh-aloud goofiness, the Stephanie Plum mysteries.

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  152. Love Stephanie Plum!!!

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  153. Ladies Number One Detective Agency series is fun

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  154. The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood.

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  155. Just came across this thread and like several of the books recommended that I am familiar with. The one whimsical book filled with irony, had me laughing out loud while listening to it walking the dog. The book which I did not see listed is, The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared.

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    • This one sounds fun too! Thanks for taking the time to add one more to the list – I’m finishing up some Fanny Flagg books now and plan to go on to other authors next. I’m already feeling better and am in a more positive place!

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  156. Anything by Erma Bombeck or Peg Bracken.

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  157. One Crazy Summer, cannot remember the author right now.

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  158. Rita-Williams Garcia was the author of One Crazy Summer! It was wonderful, not just funny but the characters are strong, and compassionate.

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  159. Anything by Terry Pratchett seems to make me smile! Even though he can deal with some serious stuff, the way he does it makes me happy.

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  160. I loved The Rosie Project. I also loved The Little Lady Agency by Hestor Browne. There are a two more books in her series and they were cute too. The Bridget Jones books were easy and fun and so was Sophia Kinesella’s The Undomestic Goddess. I hope I could help.

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  161. Miss Pettigrew lives for a day

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  162. Jan Karon and Maeve Binchey

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  163. Major Pettigrew’s Last stand

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  164. The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window

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  165. A Walk In the Woods and Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid by Bryson. Dig up some Erma Brombeck or Dave Barry

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  166. Head Over Heel by Chris Harrison

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  167. Ooh…….thanks and thanks again!!

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  168. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an absolute delight!

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  169. David sedaris is hysterical!

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  170. Miss Julia by Ann Ross is just fun, southern lady, meets southern not so lady and how they manage to live harmoniously as a small town allows

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  171. The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper! a lovely weepy read!

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  172. Dorothy Cannell’s The Widow’s Club. Lol.

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  173. Puckoon by Spike Milligan

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  174. Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horowitz. After You Marco Polo by Jean Bowie Shor.

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  175. Nora Ephron she writes with intelligence and fine humor!!

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  176. ephanie Plum series by Evanovich – if grandma Mazur and/or Lula doesn’t make you laugh out loud, I don’t know what will. Or, when I’m down, I like fantasies (the ultimate escape). Potter series, The Last Dragon, Eragon….

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  177. Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson…..redemptive, sweet, contemporary, lovely without being sappy

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  178. Do you like cooking? There is this author that writes great who done it books. The main character has a catering company. So, at the end of each book, she gives you the recipes that were feature in the novel. Her name is Diane Mott Davidson. The books are short and have you guessing to the end. PS: I don’t cook 😁

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  179. Irish Country Doctor series or The Cat Who …. series.

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  180. The Lake Woebegone series by Garrison Keillor
    Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
    Fierce Pajamas collection of humorous stories from the New Yorker magazine

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  181. Some of my lighthearted reading moments came when reading they famous ladies detective series, based in Botswana. By Alexander McCall Smith.

    I just finished an enjoyable book called “a grand old time“ by Judie Leigh. It’s about a 75-year-old Irish woman who leaves an old folks home and re-makes her life.

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    • Just started to read The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules. About a 79 year old Swedish woman and her friends from her nursing home decides that living in prison is much better than living in a nursing home. So, they decide to become bank robbers, but first they must train for it.

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