There are few feelings better in life than laughter. Finding laughter in books, however, was not something I discovered until later in life. Here are my top five favorite funny books.
5) Plato and A Platypus Walk Into a Bar… By Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klien
I majored in Philosophy, and my logic professor introduced me to this humorous collection of jokes that also give insight to various philosophers’ views. An easy read for anyone who enjoys jokes and philosophy.
4)Magical Thinking By Augusten Burroughs
Dry is by far my favorite Augusten Burroughs memoir, but Magical Thinking is the funniest. Before I changed my major to philosophy, I started as a Theater major, and a distant cousin (an actor) suggested I look into fiction novels for character inspiration. I’ve always enjoyed dark humor, and when I asked the librarian for dark humor authors, he was the first name she suggested. Similar in style to the next two books on the list, it’s a collection of short vignettes, my personal favorites being Debby’s Requirements and Telemarketing Revenge, both of which would have me gasping for air. You’ll just have to read it to find out why.
3) Shit My Dad Says By Justin Halpern
If I could have a beer with only one person for a day and listen to stories, Justin Halpern’s father would be the one. Justin is a fantastic writer who holds nothing back, both in his honesty towards himself, and about his respect and admiration for his Dad. It’s a great book to reread if you’re ever in a funk and need a quick jolt of humor.
2) Assholes Finish First By Tucker Max
Although I was old enough to discover his writing when he first came onto the scene, it wasn’t until I started college (2011) that I discovered Tucker Max’s writing, and have thoroughly enjoyed everything he has produced. This particular book gets my vote as his funniest principally due to his unrelenting honesty and the ridiculous antics that take place which, in my opinon, raised the stakes from I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
1) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened… By Jenny Lawson
I discovered this book completely at random, after doing a Barnes and Noble search on bestselling humor in 2012. I had no idea who she was, and it was only after I read this book that I began reading and following her blog. The only way I have been able to describe this book is as follows: imagine getting on a ferris wheel, except that once you get started, it begins to spiral out of control, starts to roll out of the fair, and into the city. You never really know where you’re going to end up, but the whole adventure makes you laugh, and once you’re done, you’re both thrilled and satisfied. It’s more than just a funny book; it’s a story that exemplifies tremendous heart, and takes great courage to pull off. Now that I am facing my personal demons, it’s a book that I revisit often, both for its humorist content, but also as a reminder of how powerful family and friends can be in one’s life.
Do you have a list like mine, or completely different? Or, do you have anything to add to my reviews? Please share in the comments below.
Most importantly, don’t forget the power of laughter; it can save your sanity, and your life.