What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?
Funny you should ask.
Truth is, after thinking about this question, I realized I never read humorous books. In fact, looking over my reading list for the year, my tastes run decidedly to the dark side. Or at least what one might call the dramatic side, what with my penchant for historical novels and psychological thrillers and tales that explore the deepest recesses of the psyche.
To remedy that situation, I picked up the nearest thing to a humorous book I could find in my TBR pile ~ it landed on my doorstep Monday afternoon, a review copy of Mercury in Retrograde, by Paula Froelich. Perhaps this slick novel about three young and single Manhattan-ites isn’t exactly what some would call funny, but I am smiling a lot more while reading it than I have been during some of my other recent reads. After all, who can help but smile after reading passages like this…
Last year, Penelope even tried Match.com, which had introduced her to Tony, a balding energy trader who had an annoying penchant for high-fiving everyone within earshot every time he made what he thought was an interesting comment (“Yo, that dude looks like a lady – high five!” or “Duke guys do it best – high five!”). After high-fiving a guy, he would usually follow it up with a belly bump, a move Penelope referred to as the “sumo.”
Their first date have been woeful, but Penelope had decided to give Tony another chance as he promised he’d take her to Da Silvano, a trendy and pricey restaurant that she couldn’t afford. He’d lied. Instead, Tony had taken her to a sports bar in Midtown to watch the Yankees beat the Red Sox, where he’s gotten so excited, he’d not only high-fived her, he’d sumoed her and Penelope flew halfway across the room and landed on her ass. She’d called it quits after that, fearing permanent sumo-inflicted damage.
Mercury in Retrograde is a fun, fast paced, Sex and the City style read, and it’s been a great diversion from my own rather grim reality lately.
Perhaps I should read “funny” books more often.