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10 Laugh Out Loud Funny Books

I have a weird sense of humor. My list of the funny books proves it. I like satire, and wit, and very dark humor. But I also like cutesy humor that is mostly driven by embarrassment. These are ten books I found laugh-out-loud funny.

PrintSoulless by Gail Carriger

There’s something about vampires and werewolves in Elizabethan England that is just hilarious. Carriger is witty and smart and her comedy of manners and character studies are just effortlessly amusing. Perfect beach read. I read most of the series lying by the ocean in Malibu.

 

damnedDamned by Chuck Palahniuk

Notable as the first book I purchased on my Kindle, this is hilarious. The thirteen-year-old daughter of Hollywood power couple smokes pot and dies, landing herself in the most twisted version of hell you can imagine. This is humor for those with a strong stomach.

 

barbara the slutBarbara the Slut and Other Stories by Lauren Holmes

More character studies than short stories, I found this collection laugh-out-loud funny. These are all people you know – and their own painfully awkward moments might even mirror your own. Witty and incisive, this is a great book for Millennials who hate being called Millennials.

 

39 deaths of adam strandThe 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Greg Galloway

Dark humor is totally my jam! This is Kurt Vonnegut meets Holden Caulfield. Beautifully written, but also full of gallows humor. (Literally. The title is literal).

 

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Through his suburban Atlanta high school’s gossip Tumblr, he meets “Blue”, another gay, but not yet out, teen from his school. They start emailing each other, and quickly start falling for one another. But how will things change if they meet IRL? This is a funny, sweet, romantic story, but it also has a great cast of supporting characters in Simon’s friends and family. You’ll want to curl up with a box of Oreos and read this in one sitting. SO CUTE.

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to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before-To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This is basically my worst nightmare ever come to life (all those love letters you wrote to crushes in junior high making their way into the hands of said crush! eek!) but ended up being the most adorable, sweet romance with a heavy dose of sisterly love. If you’re looking for a feel-good, cutesy YA, this is it.

catch 22Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The highest form of humor is satire, and none is better than Heller’s dark, amusing, and absurd look at World War II.  It will make you laugh, and it will make you cry, but the best kind of humor always does.

 

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This isn’t even my favorite Tom Robbins – all his books are hilarious. This one is about the last couple drops of the essence of the universe. I chose this one for this quote: “A sense of humor…is superior to any religion so far devised.” Too true, Tom.

 

Wallbanger_CoverWallbanger by Alice Clayton

I would have never picked this up on my own. I read it for research for an article I wrote. But it was actually hilarious. The best of steamy romance but without the cloying sentimentality.

 

Dorothy Parker’sdorthy parker short stories

If you’ve ever read old issues of The New Yorker (my grandma has them ALL) then you’ve read a Dorothy Parker short story. A true humorist, Parker’s sharp wit and acid-tongued skewering of the worst in people is undeniably hilarious.

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Now, here’s where you come in. I am looking for more weird, funny books. What are your favorites? 

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  • giovannard

    I forgot how funny To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was. Kitty was a riot! 😀 Great Top Ten!

    My TTT.

    • Yeah I just think the whole letter thing is soooo embarrassing and actually funny and it’s all so realistic like I could have seen that happening to me in junior high. Was surprised how much I loved that book.

  • Bri

    I also included Catch-22, such a good book. I love that you included some Palahniuk, really all of his books have that dark humor that I find myself laughing at even when I know I shouldn’t. I haven’t actually read Damned yet but I included Choke on my list!

  • Katy Kramp

    I love Soulless! You could try Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire or Larklight by Philip Reeve for more (middle grade) steampunk silliness. And I really must read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

  • I loved Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I laughed so many times during that book.

    • It was pretty adorable.

  • I enjoyed All the Boys… but of these that’s the only one I’ve read! I’ll have to get to reading some of these others. Also, I was trying to think of the last book I read that was memorably funny and I’m drawing a blank. Clearly I need some humor in my life.

    • I think finding books that are funny is all about finding out what kind of humor you’re drawn too.

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