Books That Are Just for Fun

theoatmealcatReading doesn’t always have to be a serious venture. Every once in a while it can be fun to read something short and silly, or something visually appealing that you can flip through in an afternoon. Whether it’s a book of comics or quotes, or a book you can imagine sitting on someone’s coffee table, at least one of these is sure to entertain you:

How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman – A hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at

Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping the Modern World by Martin Vargic – A stunning full-color collection of inventive, poignant, humorous, and controversial maps of the world that give a fresh and thoughtful look at Western culture and display a diverse list of data, such as the number of heavy metal bands per capita, the probability of getting struck by lightning, NSA surveillance rate, and number of tractors per 1,000 inhabitants.

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton – A follow-up to “Humans of New York” shares the frank and intimate human stories of some of the individuals depicted in the author’s acclaimed photographic census.

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel – An award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist presents 80 underwater portraits of canine pals, each with their own unique personalities depicted in the bubbles, paws in mid-paddle and billowing ears.

My Secret: A PostSecret Book compiled by Frank Warren – A collection of artfully decorated postcards with secrets anonymously written on them by people from all over the world and sent to the founder of PostSecret, a community art project that evolved into a website.

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, the 29-year-old author moves in with his 73-year-old dad, whose straightforward, expletive-laden advice and opinions became a hit on Twitter and are now offered in a hilarious collection.

F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson – Features humorous but incorrect answers to challenging test questions in biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, English, history, business, geography, and technology.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author’s popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression.

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