Marley And Me by John Grogan.
This book is not really a funny book. It's actually very inspirational and has a few dramatic twists. However, I find it very hilarious on how Mr Grogan narrates the adventures of Marley. Basically, this book is about the world' worst dog. He destroys an entire garage in just a matter of hours. He swallows jewelry and rips undergarments. He doesn't respond very well to simple commands, by choice. He gets expelled from obedience school. He gets banned at the dog beach. He had a chance to become a movie star but he blew it. No doubt, Marley is a bad, bad dog. Yet, he still is a very lovable and adorable Labrador.
In this book, John Grogan takes us along as he and Marley take on life's craziest adventures and misadventures. Maybe you're thinking, "I don't have a dog.. Why would I even read this book?" Well, most of my friends who don't happen to own a dog, were thinking the exact same thing. And I was like, "Nah! That reason is not good enough.. This book if for dog-owners and non-dog-owners alike. You should read this. You'd thank me for this.". And thank me, they did. This book is so amazingly heart-warming and funny, at the same time, that I just have to share it with somebody. And now, I'm telling you, you should read this, too.
There is really a lot to gain in reading this book, even if you're not a dog person. You'd totally laugh at the crazy antics of this very lovable pup. The story of Marley being thrown out of obedience school was hilarious. Also, the part where Marley ate the necklace that John had given his wife, Jenny. And the part where Marley was being cast in a local film production as the "typical family dog". But then, he ended up destroying the production set, chewing through his leash and blew his chance of becoming a Hollywood star. Haha! Remembering these stories in the book can still make me smile, giggle and even laugh. John Grogan did a wonderful job of portaying and showing the human-animal bond. Bravo.
I'm a dog person. And I really can relate to this book. I recently had a post about my dog, Fall. It's a sad story. Uhm, anyway.. As I read the book, there are several times when I said, "Wait! hahaha! I remember when my dog did that, too!".. Or "Hahaha! That's so funny. Maybe I should try that one on my dog.". Of course, there is also a bit of drama, especially on the last part. I can't really tell you the details. You just have to read it for yourself.
I really recommend that one should read Marley and Me. It's really fantastic. If you've seen the movie, then you'd know what I'm talking about. However, you'd really appreciate it more if you've read the book. And it was way funnier, too. The story of a very mischeivous Labrador pup, who shows unconditional love to his family. John and Jenny's life may be a whirlwind of disaster when Marley came into view, but just as his energy and destructive power seems endless, so is his love and loyalty. This books points that out, with a little twist of comedy. Hehe. ☺
Marley and Me is a must-read for dog-lovers and non-dog-lovers alike. This story will have you laughing out loud and then wiping a tear the next.
Pugad Baboy (Swine's Nest) by Pol Medina.
There are four families on the comic, namely the Sungcals, the Sabaybunots, the Lamouns and the Tangere. Of course, there are still many others but let me introduce to you the four main families.
- The Sungcals - They reflect the traditional and stereotypical Filipino family. The chef Mang Dagul and his wife Debbie (calls each other Sweet Ham and Honeycured), their children named Hercules (the eldest son who works as an engineer in Saudi Arabia), Cristina or Tiny (the college daughter who asserts herself as sexy and thin, despite her huge body size) and Utoy (the intelligent and musically talented youngest son who already claims to have a girlfriend). Of course, there's also the very funny Ambrosia or Brosia (the thin housemaid who always seem to have witty comebacks to insults and pranks, and is also a pranskter, herself) and Polgas (the antrhopomorphic family dog who speaks, uses clothes and is Chef Dagul's drinking buddy).
- The Sabaybunots - They reflect the characteristics of a very violent (but still okay) household. Tomas (a master sergeant in the PPhilippines Air Force who is fearless and enjoys to hang out in disco bars, but can be controlled by his very dominant wife) and Barbie (Tomas's wife who orders him around and is often seen holding an Uzi) and a son named Paltik (the mischievous son who loves to bribe and blackmail his very own father).
- The Lamouns - They reflect the characteristics of an easy-go-lucky family, mostly because of Bab Lamoun. Roberto or Bab is the eldest (a true-blue hippie who is lazy, a bum, is unemployed and repeatedly woos Tiny for her love) and Jolen is the younger sister (who happens to be Utoy's girlfreind). Their mother, Tita Cel is often seen showing disgust towards her son, Bab.
- The Tangere - Ka Noli is the resident communist and is a member of the NPA or the New People's Army. Though he has conflicting political and sometimes, personal ideas with Tomas, these two are the best of friends and are drinking buddies. HIs son, Joma, is friends with Utoy and Paltik and also attends the same school.
The first compilation of the Pugad Baboy comic strip was only a part of a thesis. But the compilation became so popular that Pol MEdina decided to make some more. There are currently 22 Pugad Baboy compilation books. Oh, and I had a post about Pugad Baboy, just this August. If you wanna check it out, click here.
These are stress relivers and will surely make your worries disappear. Guarenteed, you'd burst into fits of laughter. Trust me.
* Images from Google