Humor is a slippery animal. Tough to pin down, to define, to describe. And what makes me laugh might make you groan or outrage you, or vice versa. But when it’s done right there’s nothing better. That’s one of the problems with just listing books that are funny. There is no “best” when it comes to funny books. Just best for me. Or you.
What I’m going to give you is a list of books that make me laugh every single time I pick them up (assuming I open them, of course). Not books that were funny to me in the past, but that were funny and still are funny to me.
I define humor as something that makes me laugh. that’s about it.
Humor ages poorly, but I feel like the medium of literature holds up a lot better than something like film. Movies that made me laugh in the 80s are, for the most part, the antidote for my smiles these days.
- Don Quixote
- Catch 22
- A Confederacy of Dunces
- A Confederate Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
- Me Talk Pretty One Day
- Every anthology of The Onion
- Very Bad Poetry (my review)
- The Stupidest Things Ever Said books by the Petras siblings
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
- Gargantua and Pantagruel
- Gulliver’s Travels
- His Monkey Wife
- The Angry Clam
- Out of Sheer Rage (my review)
I’m going to leave it there for now. If you have ever read a book that made you laugh, please help fill in the blanks and give everyone (meaning me!) some recommendations.
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