16 in ’16: Read a Funny Book

by Marina


Welcome to the next theme of our Reading Resolutions: Read a Funny Book! As we near the tail end of an emotionally charged political season and start gearing up for the quickly approaching holiday season (requisite family time included) I’m sure you could use a good dose of humor. Just kidding! I know all holiday gatherings are smooth sailing, especially the travel.

Now, by funny book we don’t mean go out and find the book of knock knock jokes or hilarious puns. Although, we’re not saying you can’t, but there are so many other options out there!

Funny books can be nonfiction memoirs, fiction, or even horror. I know! How can anybody make horror funny? If you don’t know what type of funny is suited to you then take our quiz and see if any of the suggestions tickle your funny bone.

Personally, I yes2can’t get enough of memoirs on audio, narrated by the authors, particularly those in the entertainment community. The likes of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, David Spade, and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few, never fail to make me laugh on my commute. Speaking of Amy Poehler, we’ll have her memoir, Yes Please, as a featured OverDrive title.

lambBut what if you’re in the mood for some satirical humor? Or, maybe even some dark humor? It is getting close to Halloween, after all.  Or you could just go straight to the most unique of fictional humor and choose a funny fantasy! Honestly, I was just trying to find a way to work in that our other featured OverDrive title is Lamb by Christopher Moore.

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So, now you have a veritable smorgasbord of options to choose from. Go forth and find some funny! And share what you’re enjoying in the comments!

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13 responses to “16 in ’16: Read a Funny Book”

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  2. Jenny says:

    Currently reading “Us” by David Nicholls. It’s a really funny memoir style fiction. An “opposites attract” story, dad’s a biologist and mom’s an artist, and they have a teenage son who is rebelling against overbearing and nitpicking dad. The story tells the misadventures of their “Grand Tour” of Europe and how everything goes wrong, which might be just enough to make things go right again. Best of all it goes into detail about how they met and their experiences together over the decades. Great writer and I see there are lots of copies. I’m listening on audio which is also fantastic.

  3. Lindsey Anderson says:

    It has a tiny hold queue right now but I really want to give a plug to the book “Sad Animal Facts” by Brooke Barker. It’s a collection of 150 quirky facts about the animal kingdom accompanied by cute, hand-drawn illustrations. Among these facts are “Pigs can’t see the sky because of how their eyes are placed” and “Kiwis can remember a bad memory for five years.” Some of the facts are just plain sad (“Whales that sing in the wrong key get lost and are alone in the ocean”), but I couldn’t help laughing over most of them, especially due to the art.

    • Marina says:

      Thanks for that tip, Lindsey. I think I ran across that title in researching funny books. If I didn’t include it in any of my lists/quiz results then I know I placed a hold for myself.

  4. Julie says:

    Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please” was hilarious and especially awesome on audiobook! I don’t think I’ll be able to enjoy comic memoirs any other way, now 😀

  5. Stacey McKinley says:

    “Lamb” is the recommendation I am most thanked for and the book my family most frequently references for laughs.

  6. Serena S says:

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette is the funniest book I have ever read. There were so many times I was falling out of my seat, rolling on the floor, laughing so hard I was crying. Maria Semple’s new book Today Will Be Different is supposedly humorous fiction, but I found it to be neither funny nor an enjoyable read.
    I saw Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff in the staff suggestions, during that category, it sounded good and I added It to my wish list. I just read it, it’s very funny. I had a lot of good laughs.

    • Marina says:

      Thank you for sharing your funny book experiences, Serena. Sounds like you got a couple of winners (which should outweigh the unexpected disappointment).

  7. Jeanne says:

    Patrick McManus, in particular “A Fine and Pleasant Misery.” You’ll never forget one of his most memorable characters, Rancid Crabtree. This book will have you snorting!

    • Marina says:

      And a local author as well, Jeanne. Thanks for sharing. I remember reading some of his short story collections and being highly amused.

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