Top 10 Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

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This week's theme: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

I'm actually not really into "funny" books - at least not in the "laughing haha funny" sense. I have exactly three books for this list, so I've called for reinforcements.

My mother said Dave Barry. But Dave Barry is already on my list! Particularly Dave Barry Slept Here, I'll Mature When I'm Dead, and the Starcatchers series which he wrote with Ridley Pearson.

Jessica (a sometimes-contributor to TLG) said The Diviners...or maybe the second Diviners. I had no idea what she was talking about, so I looked it up. These are novels by Libba Bray (whose name, I have to assume, is the result of someone drunkenly attempting to spell "Library") and upon looking at them once, I can't tell that they're meant to be funny. But they definitely gave Jess a chuckle.

My friend Phil brought up Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I've never read any of her stuff, but my sister and my roommate both love her as well.

Elisa said David Sedaris. I believe her, but I've managed to stay away from David Sedaris for all this time, I can't say I'm willing to pick him up now. Elisa also brought up Tina Fey which, well, we all know how I love her. Bossypants is a gem of a book.

The one that no one else has mentioned (but I will!) is Isaac Oliver's Intimacy Idiot. If you haven't picked it up yet, you need to do so. But maybe not in front of the kids. Unless you're a cool parent like that or something. But no, really, maybe not in front of the kids.


  1. Alan King. Alan King's book "Help I'm a prisoner in a Chinese Bakery." I laughed my ass off when I was a teenager. You have to read it realizing it was written in 1964. A good many jokes still hold. Also: Alan King's Matzo Balls for Breakfast.


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