Throughout life, we all face trials and tribulations. There are times where life seems utterly fantastic and other times, where we spend too much time focusing on the negative to remember all the great things life has to offer. When you’re feeling down, open up one of these five lighthearted books:

 

1. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This funny series is comprised of five books that begin by following lead characters Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, who meet just before Earth is demolished to build a galactic freeway. Their journey through time and space will have you laughing until you cry.

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2. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

A love story full of humor, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is an easy read that follows Mo Wenstein, whose surly neighbor has lots of trouble of his own…wolf-like trouble.

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3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This tale follows an old man who’s placed in a nursing home although he’s in good health. That is, until he escapes. Much like Forrest Gump, (only as an explosive expert with a love for vodka), the 100-year-old man partakes on the journey of a lifetime.

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4. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Inspired by his move from New York to Paris, author David Sedaris manages to seamlessly provide a hilarious and ironic tale. His off-color humor isn’t tasteful in every reader’s eyes, though, if you enjoy social satire, this book will have you snort-chuckling under your breath in no time.

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5. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Who would have guessed travel accounts could be so comedic, yet still teach so much about each individual state stretching from Georgia to Maine. A Walk in the Woods allows you to explore nature with an amusing guide, whose wit will keep you entertained for hours.

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What books do you take to when you need to lighten the mood? Share your favorites in the comments.

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