LOL with these hilarious reads on National Tell A Joke Day (Aug. 16)

National Tell a Joke Day

We can't stop LOLing with these six books! It's a good thing, too, because Thursday is National Tell A Joke Day.

Dana Eure, the Library's associate director of lifelong learning, made a guest appearance on WCNC's "Charlotte Today" on Thursday and shared hilarious reads for children, teens and adults. Tap here for Library availability for books, e-books and audiobooks.

Adult fiction

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades. In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring.

Adult nonfiction

Pretty Takes Practice by Charla Muller

For an average working mom like Charla, going on a book tour was both intimidating and exciting. It also turned out to be horrifying: When she saw herself on a screen in glorious, unforgiving HD, it magnified all her flaws, prompted comments from unadoring fans, and forced her to reevluate her (lack of) exercise regimen. But Charla was jolted into action and used that cringe-inducing close-up as a wakeup call. After shedding a few tears over how she'd let herself go (and over the five-year-old discount sweater she wore on Oprah), she set out on a strange, hilarious, and poignant journey that tapped into and tested her values, her beliefs about beauty, her self-image, and, of course, her relationship with her mother. In this lively, funny, moving account, a Southern woman shares stories she swore she'd never tell--and ultimately offers some unexpected and universal insight about how pretty takes practice.

Teen fiction

Dumplin'  by Julie Murphy

Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.

Youth fiction

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Ramona has to work to be noticed in kindergarten!

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

When a new sitter arrives and a movie star goes missing, Dog Man and Cat Kid investigate, but Petey, the world's most evil cat, complicates their case.

Picture Book

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea

Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.