April 19: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh
I rarely choose books with the sole intention of laughing, but on occasion books surprise me with their comic interludes, the narrator’s tone of voice or purely the mischief that characters find themselves caught up in, yet these funny anecdotes are something I really remember in books.
1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Despite themes of bullying and bribery, this YA novel has comic and cutesy elements running through the its very veins, thanks in part to such a well-rounded main character.
2. Life & Laughing by Michael McIntyre
This autobiography is uplifting and very funny (especially the audiobook as read by Michael himself). There are many jokes made about his life that fans haven’t heard, and I spent many happy hours listening to this.
3. How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski
Three teenage girls and a car can only mean one thing: road-trip. This YA novel is full of random pit-stops and out-of-the-blue relationships.
4. More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell
A non-fiction book consisting solely of hilarious quotes from individuals in bookshops, both between customers and directed at booksellers. It’s simply brilliant.
5. Life… On A High by Nick Spalding
Written entirely on a flight from the UK to Australia, this is an autobiographical tale written purely for the entertainment of the reader and the embarrassment of the author!
6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Possibly one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read sees college professor Don on his search for “the one.” It is charming and absolutely heart-warming.
7. The World According to Gogglebox by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
This book is essentially a compilation of the funniest quotes from hit TV show Gogglebox, accompanied by amusing interviews with the cast.
8. Marley & Me by John Grogan
The world’s naughtiest and most loveable dog provides a laugh a minute (it might also be one of only a handful of books that made me cry – it’s a win/win!)
9. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Whilst this series is without doubt aimed at the tween market, I can’t help but snort with laughter at some of the ridiculous things Georgia comes out with.
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Oh Bridget, what are we going to do with you?! If you can find a literary character who is more prone to humiliating yet hilarious disasters, you must let me know!
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