I feel like it’s been a million years since I’ve participated in Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Bionic Book Worm. I loved the prompt this week and had an hour to spare – so here I am!! This week’s prompt is 5 Books That Made You Laugh. I love a good comedy – and there are a lot of different types of “funny books” – celeb memoirs, essays, kids books or adult fiction – I tried to draw from an assortment of genres and may have ended up recommending way more than five books because I’m broken and bad at following directions.
Anyway, here are my Top 5 Funny Books:
LAUGH OUT LOUD FICTION
Lamb by Christopher Moore is one of those books that I always rattle off when people ask me to list my favorite books (a dangerous question to ask of a book lover, amiright?). I read it ages and ages ago and still think of it often. Christopher Moore has written dozens of funny books, but, in my humble opinion, this one is the best. It’s a fictional story of the Gospel, as told by Jesus’s best friend Biff.
Obviously this is a book that won’t be for everyone – but if you can handle a bit of humor and speculative fiction mixed with religious stories, I think you’ll really enjoy this one. Moore is terrifically funny and irreverent, and also manages to deliver a heartfelt and fairly fascinating story.
FUNNY FAMILY READ ALOUD
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket is the first in a series that you already know about. My whole family loves the books as well as the Netflix series. It’s the funniest book about unlucky orphans you’ll ever read.
Already read the whole dang series and need another suggestion? I also highly recommend Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman – I’m sure you are familiar with his work, but there’s a chance you haven’t read this quick chapter book about a dad who went out to buy a gallon of milk but got slightly sidetracked by aliens, vampires, pirates, dinosaurs and much much more.
KEEPING IT REAL AND FUNNY
Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster (and every other book she’s ever written) | Seriously, I love Jen Lancaster – she’s one of my “auto-buy” authors – i.e. an author who has written enough excellent books that you’d consider buying a book by them simply because they wrote it.
Lancaster has written some of the funniest memoir-ish books ever – each one about a different area of her life. This one was about weight issues, something I can definitely relate to. Her books let you laugh at your mistakes, while inspiring you to do better. I’d also highly recommend Pretty in Plaid and If You Were Here.
LAUGHING ABOUT THE HARD STUFF
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson | If you aren’t familiar with her insanely popular blog, The Bloggess, then you are missing out. This was her first book – a look at some of those mortifying moments from life that you kind of want to forget ever happened – instead she shares them with the world and we all laugh together.
Lawson is famous for making the dark and morbid details of life into something funny – especially her battles with depression and anxiety. But also sillier things like her love of dressing up taxidermy animals.
If you have an appreciation for “dark humor” or you’ve struggled with depression or anxiety or love someone struggling with depression or anxiety or you play Cards Against Humanity sometimes or … you get the idea.
CELEB MEMOIR BY FAMOUS FUNNY PERSON
Bossypants by Tina Fey | After much deliberation, I’ve decided this was my favorite in a roundup of Funny Memoir-Type Books by Comediennes I Love (but it was a tight race because Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Anna Kendrick all wrote really good ones, too) – it was one of those books that I found myself quoting out loud to my husband while he was trying to sleep and only mostly felt bad about it.
Whether you loved her on SNL or 30 Rock or that one movie that one time – or you just want to read a funny book about growing up, dating, parenting or life – Tina Fey packs a big, funny punch with this one. She is possibly the funniest person on Earth.
Alright – those are my “five”favorite funny books – what funny books would be on your list?
What funny book should I read next?