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Funny Books that will Make You Laugh

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Don’t you just love funny books, movies and music? I’m sure we’ve all had times in our life when we could use a good laugh.  Have you ever read a funny book simply because you thought it would cheer you up?

Books are an amazing way to get lost in another world and forget about the things that are getting you down. Sometimes, if a book is really well written it can even elicit a laugh.

Those are my favorite, especially when I’ve been having a bad day.

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Now, I totally understand some people don’t like romantic comedy books or romance in general. I can respect that, which is why I’ve made you this wonderful list of non-romantic comedy books (that’s just a super clever way of saying ‘funny books’)

Truth be told, I haven’t read all the books on this list. I want to, heck I want to read every book ever written. Time, unfortunately, isn’t on my side. So I’ll read as much as I can, try to tame my ever growing to-read list and keep sharing all the amazing book I come across with you lovely folks.

Laugh Out Loud Funny Books

Here is the list you’ve been so patiently waiting for.

Funny Books that will Make You Laugh out Loud

*** List is alphabetical as always.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Random House LLC | May 15, 2012

Who would have thought a book about hiking could be funny? Certainly not me. But, I laughed, a lot.

“With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humor, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey.

An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.”

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Bossypants by Tina Fey

Regan Arthur | January 29, 2013

Review after review promises this book will make you laugh out loud. Who doesn’t need that from time to time? If you’re interested, she narrates the audiobook which in my opinion makes it that much better.

“At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.”

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How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Harper Perennial | July 17, 2012

This book is a refreshing and hilarious take on feminism. Offering frank discussion on topics such as binge drinking, drug use, and promiscuity I wasn’t sure this book would succeed in making light of such topics, but the author did a wonderful job.

“Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn’t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them?”

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

Touchstone | October 29, 2013

Sometimes, not only do I need a good laugh but I also need a break from the pages upon pages of text I usually lose myself in. Hyperbole and a Half never lets me down.

I have no doubt this book will make you smile. Just take a look at the back cover if you don’t believe me: “This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative—like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly.”

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I Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated by Julie Klausner

Avery | January 11, 2010

If you haven’t realized by now, I’m a sucker for love stories. The other side of that coin is that I’m also a sucker for funny stories of bad dates and ridiculous partners. Which is really just my long way of saying this book is kind my dream come true. Plus, it always makes me feel a bit better about myself when someone has gone on more bad dates than I have. This book is full of truths anyone who has so much as tried to go on a date will relate to.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Three Rivers Press | November 1, 2011

Tell me you haven’t had this thought at some point in your life?

This book promises to deliver if you want to know what “Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!”

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My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

Grand Central Publishing | April 30, 2013

When I first saw the title, I thought this was going to be a book about weight loss. Turns out it’s about the better kind of horizontal. Yay!

“You’ve either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend’s irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool.”

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Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenting by Drew Magary

Avery | May 16, 2013

This is a book I often give to most of the expectant parents in my life.

“In brutally honest and funny stories, Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads (getting drunk while trick-or-treating, watching helplessly as a child defiantly pees in a hotel pool, engaging in role-play with a princess-crazed daughter), and how stepping back can sometimes make all the difference (talking a toddler down from the third story of a netted-in playhouse, allowing children to make little mistakes in the kitchen to keep them from making the bigger ones in life). It’s a celebration of all the surprises—joyful and otherwise—that come with being part of a real family.”

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Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

Scribner | November 1, 2007

This promises to tell the story of a young alcoholic writer and his personal valet. Who doesn’t want to read that story?

The hero of this story is “a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He’s very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes.”

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Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid by Denis Leary

Plume | November 15, 2008

What can I say about this? The title was enough to make me smile. Plus I’m always looking for a reason to drop the diet…

“Proudly Irish-American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are both penetrating social commentary with no holds barred and laugh-out-loud funny. As always, Leary’s impassioned comic perspective in Why We Suck is right on target.”

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You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart

Truth be told, I have this thought way too often. We all love a good drinking story, don’t we? Especially if we’re not the one being embarrassed.

” Hart has compiled her best drinking stories—and worst hangovers—into one hilarious volume. From the spring break where she and her girlfriends avoided tan lines by staying at an all-male gay nudist resort, to the bachelorette party where she accidentally hired a sixty-year-old meth head to teach the group pole dancing (not to mention the time she lit herself on fire during a Flaming Lips concert), Hart accompanies each story with an original cocktail recipe, ensuring that You Deserve a Drink is as educational as it is entertaining.”

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Let’s Talk

What are you go to books when you need a laugh? I’m always on the lookout for a quick pick me up so share all your recommendations.

As always,

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