Reading is “FUN’NY”

Working as we listen.

Did you know that April 1st is World Reading is Funny Day? I didn’t either.  “It is aimed at rekindling a passion for reading among the younger generation” But let’s take it a step further and say “rekindling a reading passion” for ALL Generations.

With technology at its finest, kids involved in so many activities, our jobs, social obligations and taking care of the kids, reading has been put on the back burner. So today is the perfect time to get those toddlers, tweens, teens and you back into reading. Reading a funny book today is a way to build motivation to read on.

Cooking while we listen.

With 30 years as a spouse in the Army, I have had my share of library cards that came and went with our next duty station. Either the kids or myself lost them or are still packed in some box that never made it.

I for one said I would read one book a month. Yes, I am an Audio girl, but decided 2024 is the year I would read an actual hard cover, paperback or eBook during some of my down time. For me, listening to audio books while I’m working, in the garden, doing chores around the house and driving to town on errands, works best for me. It calms, centers and keeps me focused on what I’m doing. It also entertains me on long drives. For those actual reading books, they are perfect for me to end our day. It gets me relaxed and ready for sleep.

A few different resources you can use to download books that I like:

  • Libby App by OverDrive: this is great for uploading your library card and downloading FREE books, magazine and audiobooks when they are available. You may have to wait on hold and there is a 21-day turnaround, but if you really want that book it will be worth it.
  • Kindle by AMAZON is full of FREE books that you can download, but you can also pay for a monthly or annually subscription. A subscription to Kindle Unlimited gives you access to borrow from a large selection of titles without due dates. You use your Amazon account to borrow up to 20 eligible Kindle Unlimited titles at a time.
  • Audible by AMAZON: there is two options: Audible Plus and Audible Premium. This works off your credits and each audiobook is a credit! Credits do expire after a year but you will be renewed with your AMAZON subscription if you do not cancel it first. This works great for me when I’m on a long waiting list from the library or the Libby App.(Visit AMAZON for more details on memberships)

Here is a list of “funny” books from my fellow contributors for all ages:

How To Babysit Grandma, By Jean Reagan
The Wonkey Donkey, By Craig Smith (there is also a song that goes with it!)
The Amelia Bedelia series by Herman Parish
Nibbles Numbers, By Emma Yarlett
Walter the Farting Dog, By William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray
Scaredy Squirrels, By Melody Watt
The Book With No Pictures, By B.J. Novak
LOL 101: A Kids Guide to Writing Jokes, By David Roth
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, By Ned Vizzini
I Have a Bad Feeling About This, By Jeff Strand
This Will Be Funny Someday, By Katie Henry
Where’d You Go Bernadette, By Maria Semple
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling
The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office From Two Best Friends Who Were There, By Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
Yes Please, By Amy Poehler

Feel free to comment with more funny books that we all would LOVE. Reading is Funny Day is a perfect time to reintroduce your young ones and yourself into reading. Read to them or listen to a book on this day. Even check out a few of these options I have given you. Before you know it you both will be hooked and reading listening all kinds of books not just the funny ones, on a daily basis.

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Jenn Smith
Hey I'm Jenn, NYer turned OKie after my husbands 30 year ARMY career. We have four pretty amazing adult kids, two of which are active duty soldiers, so yes we are "empty nesters" But that didn't last, we bought 40 acres called The Roost and a few chickens to fill that void. Though my career was Physical Therapy many years ago, I chose to stay at home with our kids during my husband's active duty career with lots of volunteering added to my resume. I dabbled in substitute teaching at many duty stations and started contract work with R. Riveter as a Remote Leather Riveter, RR131 :). I love to cook, garden, create garden/field to table recipes and listen to audiobooks while doing that. My goal is to "keep moving" so staying active as long as I can through running, yoga, biking is my go to, but I do enjoy a frothy cup of black coffee, a glass of wine and chips and salsa. Here with Military Mom Collective I want to inspire, guide, share tips and tricks that we have learned through our military journey. Also to help other empty nester moms out there who have kids that are active duty. It is a different ball game when your kids are active and deploying, but we can get through it together.


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