Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle). As I looked through my recent reads list to see what would fit this week’s subject, I realized something. I don’t really read funny books. No, it’s true, give me an addict, or a tale of woe, or a read that messes with my mind, I’m all in. But comedy books have never really done it for me. I decided to go way back and search through Goodreads for some funny books I have read. Most of these are not new books but I remember them as great reads. In no particular order here are the ten books that make me chuckle.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris – Sedaris’ essays on living in Paris are some of the funniest he’s ever written. At last, someone even meaner than the French!
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson – A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history.
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott – It seems no mother of a newborn has ever been more hilarious, more honest, or more touching than Ann Lamott is in OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes – Under the Duvet is bursting with funny stories: observations on life, in-laws, weight loss, parties and driving lessons that will keep you utterly gripped — either wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.
Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs – Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.
Pretty Ugly by Kirker Butler – A bright new voice in satirical literature, Kirker Butler pulls no punches as he dissects our culture’s current state of affairs. It’s really funny, but it’s also pretty ugly.
About a Boy by Nick Hornby – Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women – women who would not ordinarily look twice a Will – might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something.
The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion – Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey.
Wedding Night: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella – No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.
So that is my list of ten funny-ish books. What are your top picks?
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