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Books I Like that Started as Web Sites

August 15, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I like the Internet, and I like books, so I suppose it only makes sense that I've read and enjoyed a lot of books that are also web sites. Here are some of my favorites.

hyperbole.jpgWhy Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants by Matthew Inman
This is one of several collections of cartoons from The Oatmeal, which is one of my favorite things about the Internet. Here's a good example of the kind of thing Inman does, and he also has a whole series of cartoons about grammar. His other collections include How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You and 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh
Hyperbole and a Half is my other favorite thing about the Internet. I have read "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving," which is in this collection, countless times, and it keeps making me laugh. Brosh's comics are an irresistible combination of funny and raw and real. I understand she's working on a second book, which makes me very happy.

Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture's Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been by Paul Laudiero
I picked this book up in the new nonfiction section a couple weeks ago, and I loved it so much that it inspired me to make this list. It's based on this web site. Landiero makes up rough drafts of famous pieces of writing, and the book/site is one that makes you keep wanting to read parts aloud to people because it's just so funny.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
This memoir by The Bloggess is laugh-out-loud funny, as is her site. "And That's Why You Should Learn to Pick Your Battles" will give you a good idea of where she's coming from. Again, it's a combination of funny and serious that I love.

Garfield Minus Garfield by Jim Davis
Because Garfield is a totally better comic without Garfield. No, really.

Best wishes,
Adrienne Furness

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