I absolutely love a book that can make me laugh, so I had no trouble coming up with the ten books you should read when you want a good laugh. Some are memoirs, some are classics, some are sci fi, but they’re all laugh-out-loud funny.
- The Martian. Humor keeps this high-stakes book from ever getting too depressing or intense. Mark Watney is a character with a great sense of humor.
- Texts from Jane Eyre. If you’re having a stressful week, I highly recommend flipping through this book. It’s made up of text conversations between book characters from famous novels, as well as authors themselves. The convos are funny even if you aren’t familiar with the book they’re parodying, but they’re hilarious if you do.
- Good Omens. This pairing of fantastic SFF writers Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett couldn’t help but be amazing. And it is quite funny. It pokes fun at everything from the apocalypse to rock music.
- The Importance of Being Earnest. I love this play (not something I usually say; I hate reading plays as a general rule), and it’s a quick read. The wordplay, the characters, the ridiculous situations… Awesome! (And the movie is just as good.)
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Felicia Day is a geeky heroine, and when you read her book, it’s easy to see why. She’s open about her struggles and her quirks, but she keeps things lighthearted. Her stories of her strange life and her handmade illustrations will definitely make you laugh.
- Bossypants. Tina Fey is one of the funniest people on television, and her memoir is great, too. It’s filled with awkward childhood moments and stories of her life in comedy. If you like Tina Fey, this book is for you.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This SFF classic is absurd, bizarre, and just hilarious. You’ve probably read it, but it definitely holds up to re-reading. (And if you haven’t read it yet, get on that!)
- Hyperbole and a Half. I’ve talked before about how much I love this book, and how my husband and I sat down to read it together, sometimes laughing so hard we cried. The illustrations and the stories work together perfectly. This is a must read (as long as you don’t mind a little language).
- Never Have I Ever. Katie’s journey through the ups and downs of dating (or rather, not dating) is hilarious no matter what kind of relationship you’re in (or not in). This one made me laugh out loud.
- Year Zero. Reminiscent of Hitchhiker’s Guide, this book talks about what happens when aliens who are addicted to Earth’s music become aware of copyright laws. It’s ridiculous and fun.
What’s on your list of laugh-out-loud books? (If you leave a link to your TTT post, I’d love to check it out!)