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.
Soulless 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.
Damned 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 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.
The 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 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.
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-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.
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
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 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’s 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.
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Now, here’s where you come in. I am looking for more weird, funny books. What are your favorites?