Welcome to the second-to-last day of the Christmas Countdown! Today we’re taking a look at some fun gifts and humorous books. We’re one day away from Christmas! Ahhhh! So excited! We’re starting today with the good old Oatmeal.
Matthew Inman dishes another helping of hilarity from his online comic The Oatmeal in My Dog: The Paradox. After years of carefully observing his own dog, Rambo, Inman follows his #1 New York Times best-sellingHow to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, with this ode to the furry, four-footed, tail-wagging bundle of love and unbridled energy frequently dubbed man’s best friend. This eponymous comic became an instant hit when it went live on The Oatmeal.com and was liked on Facebook by 700,000 fans. Now fans will have a keepsake book of this comic to give and to keep.
In My Dog: The Paradox, Inman discusses the canine penchant for rolling in horse droppings, chasing large animals four times their size, and acting recklessly enthusiastic through the entirety of their impulsive, lovable lives. Hilarious and heartfelt, My Dog: The Paradox eloquently illustrates the complicated relationship between man and dog.
We will never know why dogs fear hair dryers, or being baited into staring contests with cats, but as Inman explains, perhaps we love dogs so much “because their lives aren’t lengthy, logical, or deliberate, but an explosive paradox composed of fur, teeth, and enthusiasm.
The sheer amount of time you can spend reading the Oatmeal comics is ridiculous. You don’t even notice the time going by, and if you’re like me–you just keep opening new comics into new tabs until you’re finished. This book is no exception. It’s extremely compulsively readable and hilarious. You can check out what it’s like here!
These two books are exactly what they sound like. Wacky, weird and extremely cool. Anyone who has ever bought or been a part of anything Klutz knows how fun and unique their ideas are. These two books are constantly being flipped through in libraries and middle schools everywhere I go. They make great gifts, along with everything else Klutz if you like crafty things!
Or maybe just out-of-the-ordinary things…
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
The best teacher I ever had was a die-hard zombie lover. As such, I got her this book. This book should only be bought for extreme zombie enthusiasts, otherwise you probably won’t enjoy this book to it’s full potential. THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE is just that, an extremely detailed novel on zombie strategy, tactics, weapons and the sort. This is not a story in any way, and if you don’t live in Canada, America or Mexico–then a lot of the strategies don’t really apply since there’s a lot of different options. But if you do, and you’re looking for an amazing zombie book for a friend, this is the book for you.
Greg Heffley and his family and friends are back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8, the latest installment in the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. A global phenomenon, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 85 million books in print around the world.
Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
There were rumors circling for a while that this would be the last book in the DoWK series, and when I heard that I had a mini panic attack. These books started my trend of reading books in Costco. They’re so much fun to read when you’re just burning time, and even though I don’t read them as much anymore–they still have a certain nostalgia to them. Luckily, Jeff Kinney has said that these books won’t be the last ones in the series. I do have to wonder though, how long will these books follow Greg and the crew? It’s like anime and manga. You can only follow the main characters so far, and in those mangas where it ends up working that the kids have grown into adults–well, there aren’t that many of them. However, I have faith in Jeff Kinney and while we have them, I know that I’ll continue reading them, as well as anything else he comes out with. And when the series stops, people will still love these books. It’ll may even become like BLEACH. Who knows?
Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.
Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Halfshowcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.
This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like “The God of Cake” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving” and her astonishing “Adventures in Depression” and “Depression Part Two” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.’
I’ve read just a snippet of this book, and it. is. HILARIOUS. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of it. You can check out a great example of what this book is like here!
The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.
I’ve heard good things about this book, and I can’t wait to read it–though I would suggest you proceed with caution. There have been mixed feelings about this book on Goodreads, but I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far, so I’m going for it. Review to come. Looking forward to reading it!
That’s it for fun book gifts and humorous books! For more funny stories and characters, you should check out the books from other days! Happy Day-Before-Christmas, everyone! Come back tomorrow for Day Twelve: Reflecting Back on a Year of Books.
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