This category is a really fun one—books that are fun to share with the people who visit your house. They might live on the coffee table, or on the guest room nightstand, or even in the bathroom. (Let’s all be honest, a nice sit on the toilet is much better with a good read.) Here are a handful of my favorites!
Insults and comebacks for all occasions
by Knock Knock
Let’s stop taking everything so seriously, shall we? I got this book as a Christmas gift, and it has earned a beloved place on the guest room nightstand to delight and amuse visitors.
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
by A. A. Milne
What can I say? Winnie the Pooh is classic and I love his beautiful little soul. Reading this book is cozy and nostalgic, at any age, and easy to read in short bursts.
Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
This gets me right in the funny bone. My personal favorites are the dinosaur costume one, and anything about the Simple Dog. For a sampling, read Allie’s blog.
Advice to little girls
by Mark Twain
“If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won’t. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the matter according to the dictates of your best judgment.” Accompanied by glorious illustrations.
Whether you love classic literature or not, you’ll laugh at this rendition of the Great Books, abridged and generously interpreted for quick reading and belly laughs. Not a substitute for Cliff’s Notes, even a little bit.
The Mincing Mockingbird: Guide to Troubled Birds
by Matt Adrian
“An authoritative illustrated compendium to be consulted in the event of an infant or small child being torn apart by a murder of crows.” I don’t know how to explain this book, other than to tell you that it’s amazing, and contains everything you need to quickly identify murderous, violent and mentally unstable birds.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
I also really love A Light in the Attic, both of these books of children’s poems bring back happy memories. (I do not, however, like The Giving Tree. That’s a topic for a different day.)