Lumberjanes, by Noelle Stevenson

Four stars, read in August 2015. This is a fabulous, diverse, female-led fantasy series about the girls at a summer camp “for hard-core lady-types.” The Millennial humor is a little much for me, but mostly it’s fun. I love all the exclamations referencing women from history—”what the Joan Jett,” “oh my Bessie Coleman,” “holy Mae Jemison!”—and…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh

Check out Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish. So, as it turns out, I don’t read many funny books. I don’t choose not to read them; I suppose they’re just not usually what catch my attention. I’m trying to make sure I don’t put the same books on my lists over and over again, but for…

Furiously Happy / Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy: Five stars, read in October 2015. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Three stars, read in October/November 2015. I really needed to know about Jenny Lawson a long time ago. She’s a blogger who became famous, partly because she’s insanely funny, partly because of the conversation she fosters about mental illness. Like her legions of followers, what…

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy

Four stars, read in June 2015. There’s a lot of silliness in this book, as demonstrated by the Table of Contents (which is what made me decide to bring it home after picking it up). Some of my favorite chapter titles: 2. Prince Charming Defends Some Vegetables 3. Prince Charming Claims He Is Not Afraid…

Paddle Your Own Canoe, by Nick Offerman

Three and a half stars, read in November 2015. This is really enjoyable and I love Nick Offerman, but I’m a bit more than halfway through and have thirteen different books going at once and it’s getting hectic so I need to give it up for now. I fully intend to finish this at some…

Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Five stars, read in February 2015. Bandette is fabulous, funny, and French. She’s a master thief who looks like Audrey Hepburn and behaves like a court jester. That pretty much sums up this book, and I don’t think you can do any better. She’s such an excellent character. I find Lieutenant Price and Monsieur’s client—based…

How to Be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran

Five stars, read in October 2012. Well, you’ve been wondering, and so I am not going to keep you in suspense: Yes. This book is amazing. Caitlin Moran is British, she’s a feminist, she’s a music journalist, and she’s hilarious. That is really all you need to know. What’s that? You want to be enticed?…

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea, by Ellis Weiner

I don’t know what I like best about this book—the cover, the antagonistic narrator, or the word puzzles. Or maybe it’s the meatloaf recipe. Or the end-of-chapter quizzes, with questions like: 1. Mary has five oranges. She gives two to Tom. Tom buys twice as many as Mary has left and gives half of them…