25 Funniest Books of All Time
Get ready to annoy the people sitting close by and wake up whoever’s sleeping next to you. Here are the books that are guaranteed to make you LOL.
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Fans of the famed humorist Davis Sedaris have a hard time picking out their favorite book or essay from his chuckle-inducing, bestselling collection. In Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sedaris chronicles his fish-out-of-water adventures in Paris with brilliant wit, proving why he’s considered one of the best comic writers around. Check out the most hilarious jokes of all time, according to America’s comedy writers.
A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for his epic comic novel set in New Orleans that’s regarded as a masterpiece. Prepare for a madcap adventure with hilarious descriptions and a brilliant plot that follows the tragicomic hero, Ignatius J. Reilly, through a series of zany scenes and exploits.
Tina Fey’s memoir bubbles over with wry and witty observations about her own life experience and the human condition itself. Fey describes events in her early years, how she finally got her writing gig on Saturday Night Live, and the ins and outs of being a woman in the entertainment biz. Fans of this book describe laughing out loud and erupting in giggles all the way through.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Neil Gamain and Terry Prachett teamed up for this uproarious romp about the end times—even the title is funny. Both authors are known for their powerfully original and hilarious novels about all things madcap and fantastical. You’ll be amazed by their joint foray into the world of witches, angels, and demons that will keep you rapt and laughing throughout the fast-paced read.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail)
Bill Bryson’s comic tale is the official travel guide of the Appalachian Trail, the 2,100 mile stretch along the Eastern seaboard that he calls the “granddaddy of long hikes.” In this uproarious account, he chronicles his experience in a book that’s ultimately about the American wilderness—its conservation and its history. The topic is secondary to his command of English itself. The driest of details become comedy gold when spun through his hilariously literary voice. Don’t miss these non-fiction books you can read in a day.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Nora Ephron is the writer behind such rom-com gems as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. In this essay collection, she writes with witty humor and relatable honesty about her observations as a woman of a certain age. You’ll laugh, cry and feel like you’re listening to a close friend you can laugh with. Check out these 16 funny family movies everyone will love.
This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel
Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious novel follows the dysfunctional antics of the Foxman family: They’ve gathered together for their father’s funeral, but the loss brings all the old angst to the surface in a way that’s both heartbreaking and funny. Get ready for acerbic quips and a family that tosses one-liners at each other with ease. It’s the perfect deep dive into a wisecracking family that’ll keep the pages turning.
Carry On, Jeeves
Get ready for several dollops of classic British humor in P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious short story collection about the inept aristocrat Wooster and his manservant, or “keeper,” Jeeves. Wooster and his bevy of hapless friends constantly get into trouble while Jeeves saves the day. The writing is full of upper crust wit that will impress you at the same time it makes you giggle. Here are 25 clever jokes to make you sound smarter.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, writes with effortless wit as he characterizes the absurdity of being “born a crime;” in South Africa, the union between his Swiss father and black Xhosa mother carried a prison sentence of five years. Noah tells stories of his difficult boyhood alongside a fearless mother determined to protect him. His acerbic wisecracks punctuate tales that won’t fail to move you.
Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment
Adam Resnick masters the hilarity of woebegone cynicism in this series of stories that includes a riff on avoiding parties as a child and resisting his fellow second-graders—especially boys “with their cretinous obsession with weaponry and construction vehicles.” Get ready for witty writing that pulls you into tales about being neurotic, human, and comically anti-social.