If you’re like me then you are probably deep into your winter blues by now. All of the holidays have passed, there are no off days in sight, and it’s bitterly cold. Your car looks like it detoured through a salt mine and forgot to tell you. You go to grocery stores out of necessity because your fridge is depressingly empty, save for condiments and a comedic wedge of cheese—but it’s so cold you only get the light stuff you can fling into your trunk in one go. You get unnecessarily annoyed at the neighbor down the block for still having their Christmas lights up to the point you’ve taken to honking like a mad man when you pass their house to prove your ire. You forget what summer looks like. It’s a rough time for all of us.
Fear not, I have something to brighten these dark days. Here’s a list of eBooks to make you laugh because even though you’re buying the smaller carton these days, we all need a little milk out the nose to remind us summer will be here…eventually.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames By David Sedaris: Sedaris is a wordsmith to epic proportions. He takes you through metaphors, hyperboles, and analogies so effortlessly you’re not even surprised your following his train of thought—and it actually makes sense. I read this one on a plane and laughed so much the stewardess asked me to keep it down. It’s that good.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams: It’s what happens when Science Fiction meets ‘What the…?’. Complete with a bumbling hero whom you can’t help root for, whose equal parts ridiculous andlovable. Arthur Dent has faced the apocalypse head on a couple of times in this beloved series and the end of the world has never been less terrifying.
When Parents Text: So Much Said…So Little Understood By Sophia Fraioli and Lauren Kaelin: When my dad first attempted to text me, after learning from the guy at the generic mobile kiosk counter how easy it was, he wrote ‘lylad’. Which I pronounced lie-lad and assumed he misspelled, it was only after he sent that a couple of times that I finally asked. ‘Love you like a daughter’—thanks for the clarification dad, I was nervous you loved me like a son. It’s decidedly hilarious when our parents first attempt to contact us using a miniscule keypad and ambiguous emoticons—but I bet you love them more for it.
Christina Bernecker is a Training Associate for OverDrive.