Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.John Green
Today has been a DAY. One that feels like zero things are going well and I’m honestly contemplating taking a nap to see if that will reset today. In another attempt to reset my day, I’m sitting down to write about some of the funniest books I’ve read in the past year. I even ranked them in order of how much each made me laugh with the least amount (still a lot) at the top and the most (wow, a lot) at the bottom.
Have you read any of these? I adored all of these, so even if they don’t make you cry laughing, they are worth a read and will at least make you smile. Happy first day of Spring! Go curl up with one of these books and giggle uncontrollably.
Ask Me Anything by P.Z. Reizin
Wouldn’t it be great if all of your smart appliances teamed up to handle your dating life? Maybe not. Daisy’s dating life isn’t exactly going well, so her smart fridge, TV, toaster, and more concoct a scheme to find her the perfect man… only it doesn’t quite goes as they intended.
This book was a 4.5 stars for me. The appliances were the right amount of sassy and I couldn’t stop laughing at how each date turned out. If you love British humor, banter, and a romantic comedy that’s not like most in the genre, go pick this up.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Pepper is a perfectionist who takes pride in being an overachiever and happens to be the daughter of the owner of a massive fast-food burger chain. Jack is a laid-back class clown who is the son of the owner of a local mom-and-pop deli. When a Twitter feud becomes an all-out war the two battle each other in burger memes and snarky twitter exchanges. What could go wrong? They fall for each other.
Young adult novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, but this one felt much more mature and well done. The banter was witty, there was food involved, and the relationship’s trajectory was full of hilarious shenanigans. If you love an enemies to lovers trope this is a fresh take on it.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
Nine years ago Vivienne was nursing a broken heart and did what any witch in her situation would do: drink wine, take a weepy bubble bath and curse her ex, Rhys. Unfortunately, her ex’s family started the town she lives in and he’s back to recharge the ley lines. What can go wrong absolutely goes wrong and Vivi starts to think her harmless, ineffective hex may have been more powerful than she thought. Suddenly the town she loves is under attack by ghosts, possessed wind up toys intent on biting ankles, and more.
Yes, it’s a Halloween book, but who cares about seasons? The weather changes here enough to make seasons seem irrelevant, so if you love witchy books don’t wait until October rolls around to grab this one. It’s a lighthearted, quick read that had me laughing in every chapter.
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Gay Uncle Patrick’s acting career has stalled, so when tragedy strikes his brother’s family, he’s the perfect person to watch his niece and nephew, right? Sudden thrust into a new role of primary caretaker of two children, Patrick must quickly learn how to be a parent amidst his outlandish lifestyle choices.
Stories about family usually fall flat for me and end up being sappy or just annoying. Not this one, not by a long shot. Patrick has an out-of-this-world, give no shits personality that proves you can be yourself and he turns into the type of role model the rambunctious kids really need. The kids are the epitome of endearing and you find yourself wanting to go on all of their adventures. You’ll laugh and tear up in this one and it’s worth every second.
Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Yes, another book that’s out of season. It’s worth it! Kate is one of those people who is down on her luck when it comes to dating. So, her friend convinces her to sign up for a dating agency’s service where she’ll experience 12 dates before Christmas and Kate can’t say no. Each new date is a little more disastrous than the last with some bright spots in between. What makes it even better is the entire town is keeping tabs on her misadventures and everyone seems to know what’s best for her dating life, except Kate.
You think you know what’s going to happen on each date and then you’ll be crying laughing because what actually happens is way funnier. The dates are cringey and some are cute. All of them are fantastic and you’ll be rooting for Kate the entire time.
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
Laura’s work trip isn’t off to a great start. She spilled her bag, featuring an absurd amount of tampons, in front of the hottest guy at the airport. Once she reaches her hotel, she noticed she grabbed the wrong bag and now she’s convinced it’s fate and she’s accidentally stolen the suitcase of her dream man. After commissioning a grumpy cab driver to drive her around the island for the article she’s writing, she realizes what she’s always believed isn’t what’s best for her.
Okay, that description doesn’t sound hilarious, minus the first sentence, but trust me. Overall, it’s a super cute love story, but Laura just can’t catch a break for a while and she’s a bit of an idiot when it comes to love and it makes for hilarious circumstances and interactions. Plus, this book will make you feel like you’ve traveled to the Channel Islands with her and who wouldn’t love that?
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
The Tourist Trap is a local Alaskan restaurant run by a handsome curmudgeon who hates tourists. Zoey loves everything about tourism and is in town to cross everything off her bucket list for the trip she’s been saving up for for years. Every adventure she planned goes absolutely wrong, but at least she found a local to help make this trip the most memorable of her life. If only, she didn’t think he was a chainsaw murderer and attacked him… It only gets funnier from there.
This is 100% my type of romantic comedy. Exploring a place I have been and adored? Yeah. Curmudgeons? Banter? YES and YES. Super sweet interactions and heartwarming relationships? Yeah. Sassy moose? Yep. This book has it all.
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
Poppy and Alex are polar opposites who happen to be best friends. Each year they plan one amazing week of traveling together until one year they had a falling out. Several years later, Poppy reaches out to plan one more trip with Alex. Now she has one week to fix their relationship and have the absolute, most perfect vacation ever. What could go wrong? Everything. Everything can and will go wrong, and it’s the perfect train wreck.
This book will leave you with a warm afterglow that only comes after a good vacation and a good book. It’s a little steamy, but the characters are so lovable and flawed which makes the book even better. It’s equal parts funny and equal parts aww.
Broken by Jenny Lawson
Wait, how is a book about depression, anxiety, and taxidermy even remotely funny? Jenny Lawson uses her ability to make any situation hilarious to raise awareness for depression and mental health. Her stories are so relatable and make you feel less alone in the world. So, when it’s framed in the context of real-life hilarious circumstances you find yourself laughing so hard you’re afraid you might pee.
This book is basically a beacon of hope for anyone feeling alone and one hell of a funny story because it’s all true and we’ve all experienced something similar. Jenny Lawson’s books always make me laugh. I highly recommend reading her previous books to better understand her story.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
January, a romance writer who is over all things relating to love and Augustus, a literary writer with writer’s block engage in a summer-long challenge to not only survive as next-door neighbors but to write in their opposite genres. They take each other on field trips to help the other experience what their genre is all about. Will they write great books and who will finish first? At what cost?
Why yes, this is the second book on this list by Emily Henry. She’s quickly become a favorite author. You know when a romance writer is forced to learn about death cults and a grumpy man is forced to write a romance that things will be funny. This book is hysterical without it seeming like it’s trying to be funny at all. Not only will it make you laugh, but it will challenge you to think outside your normal and what you could accomplish if you do.
Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
Finlay is stressed single mom of two children who also happens to be a struggling writer. When a disgruntled wife overhears Finlay talking to her agent, she is mistaken for a hit woman and subsequently offered a contract to kill her husband. As far from a hit woman as humanly possible, Finlay soon discovers that committing a crime is a lot more complicated in real life than in her books.
It’s witty. It’s non-stop hilarity. I mean, where else can you read about a mom duct-taping her child’s bangs to her forehead after they decided to chop them off? It’s a story about what a mom will do to save her family and one hell of a revenge story gone totally and completely wrong. You’ll only need tissues for the river of tears you’ll cry while laughing for hours.
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
Ruthie works at a retirement home and although she’s young, she acts like she’s a resident and has completely forgotten there’s a life outside of work. Teddy is a party boy, tattoo artist, and ends up residing and working in one of the retirement homes since his father owns the business. From endangered turtles to little old ladies with absolutely no filters or limits, Ruthie and Teddy become an unlikely duo who team up to save the retirement homes from demolition.
If you love stories about learning to live your life to the fullest, if you love books that reteach you what funny actually is, if you love plots with characters that jump off the page, this book is 110% for you. It might sound more charming than funny, but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I couldn’t stop belly laughing. Seriously, my abs hurt after reading this.
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto
Meddling Chan begrudgingly agrees to go on a blind date after her mom catfished someone for her on the internet. Then, she accidentally kills him… and hides him in a freezer…which makes its way to the wedding of the century where she’s the photographer and her ex owns the hotel. That’s just the beginning.
Hands down this is the funniest book I’ve ever read by a long, long shot. I didn’t want it to end. I actually forced myself to stop reading too much at a time because I knew I’d be upset if I blew through it. Please do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a great laugh by getting this book.