Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: 10+ Books To Make You Chuckle (or Guffaw)



We all like a good laugh, be it a giggle or a snot-and-tears side-splitter, and this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is about books that make us laugh. Below are 14 lighthearted chuckle-inducing books guaranteed to brighten your day.


Jenny Lawson is the queen of humor for me. I highly recommend both of these books. "Let's Pretend" is funnier overall, while "Furiously Happy" keeps the laughs coming while educating readers about mental illness.
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I've said it several times before on the blog: I'll keep reading the Stephanie Plum books til the end, but they're not what they used to be. However, perfect for this topic, the first dozen books are awesome and feature a spot-on blend of humor, suspense and romance.
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"One Plus One" isn't an emotional hard-hitter like Moyes' other books (at least the ones I've read) but it is an absolutely rollicking good time. It's just downright fun and I highly recommend it when you want a lighthearted read. (review)



I really enjoyed the third book in the Bridget Jones saga, which finds Bridget as a single mum. Maybe it was a case of reading the right book at the right time, but it just tickled my funny bone. I'm super bummed that the new movie, "Bridget Jones's Baby," isn't based on this book! (review)
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Well, "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" has a dog in it, so it was already on my good list before I started reading! Luckily it turned out to be utterly quirky and totally funny! I'm looking forward to the sequel. (review)



Bill Bryson is the master of the humorous travelogue, and my favorite book of his is "A Walk in the Woods," which details his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. It was hilarious -- and I learned a lot too. Skip the movie (disappointing), read the book! (review)
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"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" managed to get me to laugh while I was a ball of nerves waiting in the lobby of the emergency vet office a few years ago, so I can vouch for its quirky humor. Semple finally has a new book coming out in October and I can't wait to read it! (review)



"The Stupidest Angel" is hilarious, but not for the faint of heart or easily offended. Save it for when you need a release from holiday stress! (review)
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Obviously funnywoman Tina Fey's memoir would be laugh-inducing. I listened to the audiobook, read by Tina, and I think that made it even better. (review)

Bonus:
These are all books I've laughed over with my co-workers at the library.





(One of many, many hilarious kids picture books!)

12 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the Underwater Dogs book. I adored Midnight Plan of the Repo Man and am anxiously waiting for the sequel as well. Let's Pretend This Never Happened made my list as well. You read a lot of great books!

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    1. Yay for dog books! Have you read "Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson yet? If not, you should add it to your TBR!

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  2. Where'd You Go Bernadette is definitely a funny read. I can certainly understand how it lowered your stress level! Hooray for a new Semple book this year!!

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    1. I JUST found out about the new Maria Semple book a day or two before this post. I didn't even read the description before adding it to my to-read list -- I'll read it no matter what!

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  3. I loved A Walk in the Woods - I totally forgot about Bill Bryson when I was making my list! It's great to know that One Plus One is different from Moyes's other books because I've been wanting to read her, but not excited about picking up a tearjerker.

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    1. "The Girl You Left Behind" (a WWI/present day dual narrative) wasn't really a tearjerker, and the sequel to "Me Before You" didn't make me cry either. I'm not a crier, but I definitely did need some tissues for "Me Before You"! It was worth it, though. It's one of my all-time favorite reads!

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  4. Oh, and I didn't realize that Maria Semple had another book coming out, so thanks for that info! I'm super excited already!

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  5. I love this weeks topic, I am such a fan of books that can make me laugh. You've got some great picks this weeks, and I am definitely going to add a few of these to my own TBR. Thanks for the recommendations! :) You can check out my picks here.

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  6. i love this variety! Nice picks! My TTT

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  7. I should have done this week's topic, but I didn't plan far enough ahead. :-( I'm just curious to know if I can come up with 10. I think a few that made your list would make mine though. Lawson's first book for sure (not the second though because I've yet to read it) and also Tina Fey's. Janet Evanovich for sure.

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    1. It was a little tough for me too! I don't read a ton of funny books, though I do definitely like to mix them in once in a while. I hope you like "Furiously Happy" whenever you get to it. It's more serious than Lawson's first book, but I still loved it. It was my first 5-star read of 2016!

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