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7 Funny Books to Read While in Quarantine

With the current quarantine and social distancing practices in place, you may be feeling a little anxious, restless, and/or bored… but never fear, here are seven humorous books to take your mind off things and get you through your quarantine! 

1. ‘What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions’ by Randall Munroe

If all this free time has you thinking up the most absurd ‘what if’ questions, then check out What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. From the creator of the hilarious webcomic site xkcd.com, Randall Munroe brings us his book filled with witty answers to all of the absurd fan questions he receives. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions is as entertaining as it is informative.

 

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2. ‘small doses’ by amanda seales

From comedian Amanda Seales, Small Doses is a book full of Seales’ trademark “self-help from the hip” commentary. Through essays, illustrations, and photos, Small Doses blends pop culture and academic intellectualism with comedy. Seales empowers readers to find their own truths while unapologetically laughing along the way.

 

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3. ‘Little Weirds’ by Jenny slate

If you’ve ever wanted to see the world through Jenny Slate’s eyes, then Little Weirds is the book for you! Slate documents the beauty and pain of life through her whimsical eyes. If you’ve been feeling down lately, Little Weirds will pick you up and get you laughing.

 

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4. ‘Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes from Classic Vines’ by Adam Gasiewski and Emily Beck

If binging back old Vine videos is more your speed, then check out Milk and Vine. A spoof on Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, Milk and Vine is full of classic quotes from all your favorite Vines. When you need a quick laugh, pick up this book full of the Internet’s most viral quotes.

 

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5. ‘Do You Mind if I Cancel?: (Things that Still Annoy Me)’ by Gary Janetti

Writer and producer behind some of television’s most popular comedies and creator of Instagram’s funniest accounts, in this book Gary Janetti chronicles the humiliation of everyday life. Do You Mind if I Cancel is a book of essays from Janetti’s young adulthood filled with all the things that still annoy him to this day. This is definitely a humorous read to get you through quarantine.

 

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6. ‘Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t’ by Monica Sweeney

If quarantine has you going stir crazy and you are sick of all the peaceful mantras circling around, Zen as F*ck is the journal for you. Every page is like a warm hug and a bad*ss kick to all the negative energy you may be feeling. With positive affirmations and activities to get your mind off things, reach for Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t and embrace the positivity.

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7. ‘Little Moments of Love’ by Catana Chewynd

If you’re stuck inside with your significant other for the next two weeks, Little Moments will remind you of those sweet, but funny, everyday moments of being in a relationship. Born from her doodles that became an internet sensation, Catana Chewynd brings us Little Moments of Love full of her sweet and relatable couples.

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Hilariously Honest Book Titles (Part One)

So we stumbled upon this internet gem and felt the need to spread the love and then some.

 

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YouTube has Honest Trailers. Bookstr now has Honest Book Titles. Some are from the internet, and some of them are our creative brain-children. Street cred is provided.

(The following jokes do not reflect the views of Bookstr or its staff members. We just happen to find them hilarious. Viewer Discretion is Advised.)

 

1. Moby Dick

Man Gets KO’d by Whale

Moby Dick

 

2. The Iliad

Brad Pitt as Achilles Makes Me Question My Sexuality

The Iliad

 

3. The Odyssey

Karma Is a B*tch

The Odyssey

 

4. Romeo and Juliet

The Only Way to Get Laid at 15 Is to Get Married

Romeo and Juliet

 

5. The Hobbit

You Know What They Say About Guys With Big Feet

The Hobbit

 

6. Anna Karenina

Trainwreck

Anna Karenina

 

7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Do Not Sell Your Family for Turkish Delight

Narnia

 

8. The Scarlet Letter

Be Gone, Thot

The Scarlet Letter

 

 

Stay tuned for Part Two.

 

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Ali Wong’s ‘Dear Girls’ is both Heartfelt and Hilarious

If you’ve spent a lot of time binging on Netflix, you might recognize Ali Wong and her boisterous brand of comedy. She received mainstream acclaim with a pair of comedy specials she recorded in a mini-dress while pregnant: Baby Cobra (2016)  and Hard Knock Wife (2018). She also wrote and starred in a wildly popular Netflix original movie, Always Be My Maybe, last year. Wong’s never been reluctant to share the details of her life onstage (or overshare, depending on how you look at it) and in her first book – Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life – Wong’s bringing her swaggering comedic style to the page.

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Dear Girls is another irreverent and downright filthy piece of comedic writing from Wong. It features gross-out vignettes from her time studying abroad in Vietnam, in which she recounts having to bust out of her comfort zone when presented with a delicacy of fertilized duck embryos.

Wong also recounts her struggle to mainstream success and bombing in front of Eddie Murphy:

I knew Eddie Murphy specifically wasn’t laughing,” Wong writes, “because everyone knows when Eddie Murphy is or isn’t laughing. You could recognize his signature ‘HANH-HANH-HANH’ goose honk anywhere. And that night, there were no geese.

Dear Girls is meant to be somewhat crude and flippant, mainly because that’s just what Wong finds funny. But in between stories about gross Vietnamese breakfasts and teaching readers how to hold a fart in during yoga, Wong also reflects on her position in the public eye. As an Asia American comedian who’s also mom, there are a lot of eyes on her for a lot of reasons.

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Convincing an audience that a person who looks like me could be funny and proving to them that I belonged onstage, was a steep uphill battle.

Fans of Wong will welcome this new and, of course, hilarious look into her life. As a comedian who’s never shied away from oversharing, Dear Girls is as boisterous and brash as its author.

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Quiz – Which Midsummer Night’s Dream Character Are You?

 

 

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7 Contemporary Adaptations of Classic Novels

Everyone likes an adaptation, and sometimes the best adaptations are underground. Here are seven picks from YouTube, perfect for marathoning, all based on classic novels and set in the modern era. No matter whether you’re a fan of Jane Austin, William Shakespeare, or Charlotte Bronte, there’s something for every classic book lover. Watch away!

 

1. Nothing Much To Do

 

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If you like Much Ado About Nothing, get ready for Nothing Much to Do, an adaptation from New Zealand in vlog format, this time set at Messina High. All the accusations, the threats, and a few serenades on ukulele, this modern adaptation has all the humor and hatred you love, while also featuring a plastic flamingo. A must watch.

Based on Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare

 

 

2. Autobiography of Jane Eyre 

 

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Fans of Jane Eyre will appreciate the tragedy and measured pace of Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Filmed as a video diary, this series follows nursing student Jane as she leaves school, becomes a governess, and falls for the master of the house. Covering all the original beats of the story with inventiveness and heart, it has all the Gothic appeal of the original. Plus Adele is cute.

Based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

 

3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries 

 

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A classic, and for good reason. Thorough plotting, well paced character development, and silly costumes make this series compulsively watchable. Elizabeth is very much herself, lovable, judgmental, caringJane is sweet and decisive, Kitty is an actual cat, and Lydia is gleeful and wild. Set in California, Lizzie is a grad student with no interest in marriagemuch to her mother’s chagrin.

Based on Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

 

 

4. In Earnest

 

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Seriously, this web series is good. I’m not joking. You might say I’m Earnest, but honestly, who isn’t? Oscar Wilde’s classic is reimagined probably exactly as he would have wanted itwith everyone confused and overdressed. At just fifty episodes, it’s an excellent binge watch, and relatable, at least if you’ve ever wondered how to propose to someone you’ve given a false name.

Based on The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

 

5. Emma Approved

 

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In this adaptation, Emma runs a PR firm with her brother-in-law, George Knightly. Some great parties, some terrible decisions, and outrageous confidence make this a fun and lighthearted series, despite any low moments. Fans of Austin will be thrilled, and if you’re not yet obsessed, you will be.

Based on Emma by Jane Austin

 

 

6. Anne With An E 

 

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If you can’t wait to return to Green Gablesor visit for the first timeGreen Gables Fables is a delightful and heartwarming take on the classic story. Never discouraged, Anne’s passion and creativity make this series sing, and even at one-hundred-fifty episodes (the longest on this list), it seems too short.

Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

 

7. Jules and Monty

 

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This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy may have slightly less murder, but it has just as much tragedy as the original. The clash between two warring fraternities reaches new heights. Even with a lower mortality rate, this is still a tear jerker, so be warned. It’s also the shortest series on this list, with only twenty-one episodes.

Based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

 

 

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