17 Books That'll Make You Laugh Out Loud
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
A good and hilarious read for women of any age, I Feel Bad About My Neck chronicles Nora Ephron's ups and downs as she forays into the world of aging as a woman.
3. 'Bossypants' by Tina Fey
Does it get better than Tina Fey? The answer is no. Recalling her days as a vicious nerd, an up and coming performer, and tales of her career as the queen of comedy, Bossypants not only made me laugh, it inspired me to keep striving for what I want in life.
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
If you've stumbled upon any of my previous book reviews, you know that I can't stop talking about this book. Caitlin Moran is a goddess among women, and a hilarious goddess at that. How To Be A Woman puts a new face on feminism, and makes you laugh your face off while doing it.
6. 'My Horizontal Life' by Chelsea Handler
Brash, bold, and bodacious babe Chelsea Handler leaves no sexual stone unturned in My Horizontal Life, as she recounts the one-night stands of her life. For anyone who's ever felt like their love life was in shambles... this one's for you.
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
From blog to book, Hyperbole and a Half is a full colored wild ride through the mind of illustrator and author Allie Brosh. Covering topics like cake, dogs, and depression, Brosh will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you feel like you definitely need to be best friends.
10. 'Furiously Happy' by Jenny Lawson
A hysterical, gut-busting book about anxiety and depression? Look no further. In her second book about life, Lawson continues to explore her lifelong battle with mental illness, and teaches readers how to be Furiously Happy.
11. 'Modern Romance' by Aziz Ansari
They just don't make 'em like they used to, do they? Chivalry, romance, courting, pinning, these ideas are seemingly things of the past. In Modern Romance, Ansari uncovers the emotions and the analytics of what it's like to date in the modern world.
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
Jesus, catwalks, and kale are just a few of the topics Ellen covers in Seriously... I'm Kidding. Highlighting her hysterical ability to host an internal comedic monologue about just about anything, Degeneres proves that she's not just good on camera, she's great on paper, too.
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.