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Recommended Humorous Books that you could read over and over again

Updated on September 26, 2008

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I have read this book more times than I can count and have become a huge Jasper Fforde fan (I have all his titles). It is probably one of the funniest and most clever books I have read in ages. The kind of book you wished you had written. I have recommended, loaned my copy and bought it as a gift for almost everyone I know.

The Eyre Affair is the first in the Thursday Next series of books, of which there are now five. It takes place in 1985 in an alternate Swindon, England, where crime is all literature based. In this story, Jane Eyre is kidnapped from the novel of the same name and held for ransom by Acheron Hades, the arch villain of the piece. We are introduced to Thursday Next, Literary Detective, and follow her adventures as she rescues Jane Eyre and restores her to the novel.

Do you have to have read Jane Eyre before you read this? Definitely not .... but for the more literary readers, there are some definite inside jokes that will make it that much more enjoyable. Fforde puts a whole new spin on what reading a book actually means...

Be warned, this book will make you laugh out loud, so you may get odd looks from fellow commuters if you read it while travelling (yes, this is from experience).


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      Kika Rose 9 years ago from Minnesota

      Yeah, I've heard a lot about Kiterunner, but at the same time, it just doesn't seem interesting to me. I'm a giant fictional reality/fantasy person, but some things are just too real for my taste. Maybe I'm crazy...? o_O

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      Julianna 9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I have never heard of that one, but I am goign to get it as humor is good for the soul and we all need a good laugh.

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      bluebird 9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I'll check it out as I am always up for a good book! Especially an amusing one. Just finished reading "Kiterunner" and although not in this category, it is very well-written and worth reading.