If you are a bookworm with a sense of humor, you should know that we have put together a list of titles that you might want to pick up and read this year. While making this list, we have selected books that are known for being very funny. Thus, if you are in a bad mood and you need something that can cheer you up, this might help!
Delete at your Peril by Bob Servant
If you get annoyed every time your email is inundated with spam messages, you will simply love this book. The Delete at your Peril: One Man’s Fearless Exchanges with the Internet Spammers follows, as its title suggests the message exchanges between Bob Servant, a former window cleaner and cheeseburger magnate, and various spammers that flood his inbox.
The book has been described as wickedly humorous, and it contains a strong dosage of wit and imagination. The book is made out of numerous funny emails, and it guarantees a cathartic release for all of those that had to deal with unwanted spam messages.
Based on a True Story by Norm Macdonald
If you are an SNL aficionado, you are probably already familiar with Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest comedians from the show. The book itself is a memoir that follows Macdonald’s life from his childhood to his job on SNL and to his firing from the show.
Apart from being a story about success and failure, this memoir stands out because it also includes plenty of stories about love affairs and the many dangerous adventures he went through. Overall, this book is very thrilling, and it is written in a fun, easy-to-read style that you are likely to enjoy. On top of that, this memoir is extremely funny, and it shows you a side of Hollywood that you might not be familiar with!
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
Have you ever wondered what goes inside the mind of an adolescent? If so, this funny book is likely to stir your interest. Although it was published in 1982, this book is still relevant today. The Secret Diary is packed with the laugh-inducing life of Adrian, a boy that has to cope with being left by his first love, Pandora.
On top of that, the youngster has to deal with his mother being seduced by his neighbor and having his poetry rejected by the BBC. This book is a great buy, especially if you intend to gift it to a teen. The funny stories are deemed to make them laugh out loud and snort at every page turn!
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
If you like satires, this title signed by Evelyn Waugh is definitely something that you will love reading. The novel follows the lives of a group of people that spend their days looking for hedonistic ways to make their existence feel better. Among the most important characters in this book are struggling author Adam Fenwick-Symes and Nina Blount, an aristocrat.
Waugh’s novel is exceptionally acid and funny, a combination that most find difficult not to like. As a plus, the book is set after the First World War, a period that was known for its vulnerability and inability to cope with the loss of many during the war.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
A classic of the genre, The Life, and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is a timeless novel that is infused with genius and wit. The book has often been described as a tour de force, although its substantial length might, at first, scare you away from it.
However, once you pick it up, chances are that you won’t be able to leave it. This masterpiece is eccentric, highly sophisticated, and, for a book written in 1759, it denotes an avant-garde understanding of the art of the novel.
What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? by Zach Golden
If you know a friend that is a lousy cook and that is also going through a rough time, the What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner? The Answers to Life’s Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes) could make a great gift.
This extremely funny cookbook/existential crisis manual uses non-traditional language, as it was written using plenty of foul words, and it can supply you with fun pieces of advice. After you are done reading it, you probably won’t end up cooking the included recipes; however, you’ll surely have a good laugh. As a plus, this makes for a hilarious table book for adult visitors.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
If you suffer from depression, or if you know someone who does, this short book by Allie Brosh is an excellent purchase. The book was written by Allie Brosh, a well-known blogger and comics lover that has dealt with depression herself.
The novel has been called “Funny and smart as hell” by Bill Gates, and it has received numerous positive reviews as it is said to help people that go through difficult times with the help of humor. The book contains comic drawings and vignettes inspired by the events that the author herself went through. You can finish it in less than three hours, and it is undoubtedly going to make you smile. You can find this novel in almost any collection of Kindle books available online.
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
This novel is not only funny, but it has a certain something that makes it feel very authentic. The characters that it depicts are amusing, mainly because they tend to get stuck in their particular way of seeing the world that surrounds them.
The humor that you’ll find in Irvine Welsh’s book is dark, as it will make you smile only when you realize that the depicted people are unapologetic when it comes to believing in the reality that they want to believe in. In the end, Trainspotting is a novel about disillusions, hedonism and the absurdity of not being able to cope with what reality really is.