I don't know about you, but sometimes I need to escape my day to day with a book that's hilarious. There are days when I can't handle an excessive story line or characters who speak in riddles. You know what I mean? There are some days that you just need a shelf of books that'll make you laugh your ass off.
Whether you're looking for a book with an outlandish plot to take you far, far away from your troubles and worries, or you're looking for a true tale or two to remind you that you're not the only one who's been through some things in this lifetime... boy, oh boy, do I have a book for you. I'm happy to tell you that I've read a slew of super funny books, and each has had at least six moments where I either laugh out loud, or cry from laughing.
So grab your tissues, buckle your seat belt, and grab some snacks, because the following books are ready to take you on a raucous ride that will leave your stomach hurting from laughing so much. What better way to get an ab workout in than while lying on the sofa reading... right?
1. 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)' by Mindy Kaling
I learned one of my best workout tricks thanks to Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, and that's killing time on the treadmill by using those dreaded minutes to dream up the best revenge fantasies in town. Written in the style of talking to your most trusted friends, this book will make you guffaw, clap, and giggle the whole way through.
2. 'I Feel Bad About My Neck' by Nora Ephron
3. 'Bossypants' by Tina Fey
4. 'Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)' by Jenny Lawson
Taking a poignant look at what it means to be human, Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a perfect read for anyone who ever felt as though they were on the outside. Books this funny can only come from a place of truth, even when that truth is something we want to pretend never actually happened.
5. 'How To Be A Woman' by Caitlin Moran
6. 'My Horizontal Life' by Chelsea Handler
7. 'This Is Where I Leave You' by Jonathan Tropper
The death of a parent can leave you reeling. Add in four dysfunctional siblings, a divorce, a few new relationships, and seven days of sitting shiva? This Is Where I Leave You is an honest, comical tour de force for anyone who's ever questioned what it means to have a 'normal' family.
8. 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' by Douglas Adams
A journey through space right after Earth gets demolished? Led by their guide, Arthur and Ford cavort across the galaxy meeting a slew of questionable characters. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy asks the important questions, like: Why are we born? Why do we die? And perhaps most importantly, where are all the pens I've bought over the years?
8. 'Bridget Jones's Diary' by Helen Fielding
Whether or not you've seen the movie, Bridget Jones's Diary is worth a read. Following Bridget on her journey as she attempts to get her life together, visit the gym at least three times a week, and find a functional relationship. If you've ever been a single girl, Bridget Jones will move you to tears (funny tears).
9. 'Hyperbole And A Half' by Allie Brosh
10. 'Furiously Happy' by Jenny Lawson
11. 'Modern Romance' by Aziz Ansari
12. 'One More Thing' by B.J. Novak
Covering an incredible range of subjects and narratives, B.J. Novak takes the playful, sharp, and incredible reins in One More Thing. This book is perfect for those of you who prefer short stories to those of full length, and perfect for any human with any emotions whatsoever. You will never not be entertained while reading this book.
13. 'Where’d You Go, Bernadette' by Maria Semple
By far one of the best fiction books I've read in a long time. Bernadette Fox is agoraphobic, and her daughter Bee wants to take a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for acing her studies. When Bernadette disappears, Bee is left putting together pieces of the puzzle to find her mother, and both find themselves along the way. Where'd You Go Bernadette is funny, dramatic, entertaining, and a perfect read for anyone who's ever wondered what it might be like to disappear altogether.
14. 'Bitter Is The New Black' by Jen Lancaster
Jen Lancaster is a sassy-mouthed, privileged princess who gets kicked to the curb and has to find her way back to some semblance of a life. Bitter Is The New Black takes readers on a journey through a sarcastically witty ride from the top, to the bottom, to somewhere in the middle, and back again.
15. 'Seriously ... I’m Kidding' by Ellen DeGeneres
16. 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' by Jesse Andrews
When Greg's mom forces him to befriend a girl who has cancer, his plans for surviving his senior year of high school are turned completely upside down. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes you back to the trials and tribulations of life as a teenager, through the eyes of an odd threesome of friendship.
17. 'I’m Down' By Mishna Wolff
Misha Wolff grew up in a poor black neighborhood where she didn't quite fit in. She didn't dance, or sing, or double dutch. She was painfully shy, ultimately uncool, and the palest girl on the block. But when she moved to a rich white school, it turned out she wasn't "white" enough to fit in with her classmates. Hilarious and emotional, I'm Down is the memoir about race in America you never knew you needed.