Book Challenge Day 7: A Book That Makes You Laugh

a series of unfortunate events

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I took a break from the 30-Day Book Challenge yesterday to watch and post about the Oscars, but today I’m back on track and on Day 7. The prompt for today is a book that makes you laugh. Although I haven’t read the books in several years, I have to go with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

From The Bad Beginning to The End, I loved the humor in all 13 books of the series. The writing is clever, tongue in cheek, and grimly funny. Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler) often makes fun of his own characters and himself. While the books are self-proclaimed tragedies, I often found myself smiling at the ridiculous plot twists and subtle jokes. I’m sure that if I read them now, as an adult, I would find even more reasons to laugh. Here are some funny lines from the series:

“The book was long, and difficult to read, and Klaus became more and more tired as the night wore on. Occasionally his eyes would close. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over.” – The Bad Beginning

“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.” – The Wide Window

“For some stories, it’s easy. The moral of ‘The Three Bears,’ for instance, is “Never break into someone else’s house.’ The moral of ‘Snow White’ is ‘Never eat apples.’ The moral of World War I is ‘Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.” – The Wide Window

“Instead of the word ‘love’ there was an enormous heart, a symbol sometimes used by people who have trouble figuring out the difference between words and shapes.” – The Carnivorous Carnival

Is there a book that you always find funny? Let me know, I can always use a laugh!

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