There’s something about April that makes us all feel a little more serious — just kidding.
While April Fool’s often comes with pranks, practical jokes, and testing our friends’ gullibility — for better or worse — it can also be a good reminder to celebrate the lighter side of life.
So this April 1, download one of these books and indulge in a light-hearted chuckle.
An invaluable addition to any digital bookshelf, Good Omens is the brainchild of two powerhouse bestselling authors,. This fantasy novel has become a cult classic for good reason. It’s a wacky, hilarious ride that explores themes of nature versus nurture and good versus evil — and what it all means at the end of the world. If you’re a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and haven’t read Good Omens, you’ll want to pick it up, especially now that an Amazon adaptation starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen has been released.
If you love watching Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, and Blades of Glory, then you’re probably an Amy Poehler fan.If that’s the case, then this book is a must-read. It’s inspiring and engaging, heartfelt and self-deprecating, smart and sarcastic, and, best of all, incredibly fun. Poehler’s memoir is non-chronological and indulges in incredibly funny moments interspersed with fiercely real anecdotes, witty observations, and genuine inspiration. Who doesn’t need more of that in their life?
This title is a collection of 10 lighthearted short stories written in the 1920s. Each tale centers on the lovable, but not-too-bright, English aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his “gentleman’s gentleman” Jeeves. As clueless Bertie finds himself in all sorts of mishaps, it’s up to unflappable Jeeves to save the day. These quick, funny reads are perfect for anyone who loves classic British humor and hijinks.
When Madison asks her old boarding school roommate Lillian to act as governess for her two stepchildren, she has to disclose a unique fact: The twins spontaneously combust when stressed. Yes, really. While the kids are immune to their own flames, others aren’t so lucky. Clearly, it’s a liability for their politician father. Madison needs Lillian to take care of the kids, keep them calm, and keep them out of the public eye. Despite some understandable doubts, Lillian decides to take the leap — fire and all.
An illustrated children’s book for adults, this darkly funny book explores the inevitable end of things. From the dinosaurs, whose friends are dead, to the zombies, whose friends are dead, to the trees … well, you get it. This book delivers powerful life lessons and reminds us not to take things too seriously along the way.
This is the story of a small-town curmudgeon named Ove. When a lively family moves in next door, old man Ove’s short fuse is tested — especially when they flatten his mailbox with their moving truck. But an unlikely friendship opens a door onto a future he didn’t think was possible. This charming novel will gently pull you in, then take you by surprise as you laugh out loud (and maybe cry just a little, but in a good way). It’s equal parts comical, heartwarming, and profound, and you may find yourself wishing you had found it sooner.
This book is a series of autobiographical essays by Kunal Nayyar, the actor who plays Raj on The Big Bang Theory. Just like Raj, his stories about being the lovable underdog will make you adore him all the more. Full of tongue-in-cheek commentary, self-deprecating humor, and embarrassing moments that would get the better of the best of us, fans and unfamiliar readers alike will enjoy learning about Nayyar’s life, journey into acting, and experiences filming one of TV’s top comedies. The audiobook is narrated by Nayyar himself.
About the Author: Kelsey Fritts
Kelsey is a writer, editor, anthropologist, and bookworm. She's also the author of two young adult fantasy novels. When she's not out exploring in nature or playing with her ridiculously spoiled dog, you can find Kelsey curled up with a mug of hot cocoa and a novel—likely one by Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, N.K. Jemisin, Margaret Atwood, or Ursula K. Le Guin.