10 Comedy Books to Read: Funny Books That Make You Laugh

A fan of comedy? These books will surely tickle your funny bone

There's something wonderfully delightful about the kind of laughter that only a good comedy book can evoke. These books can tickle our funny bones and lift our spirits.

In an age where everyone spends time watching Netflix and YouTube, the art of sitting down with a good book seems to be all but forgotten. A way to pass the time or a way to escape the boredom of reality, a good book used to be a great friend for many of us who grew up in an era with little technology. Indeed, there’s something wonderfully delightful about the kind of laughter that only a good comedy book can evoke.

Books, especially funny books have the power to lift our spirits and tickle our funny bones, no matter the age of the reader. This truly proves that books are and will be the original entertainers, better than any onscreen comedy. Here, let’s explore some books that are will reignite your love for reading and leave you laughing out loud.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary is a must-read for anyone who enjoys romantic comedies. It is a story about Bridget Jones, a woman in her thirties living in London. The book is written as diary entries, where Bridget shares her funny experiences on dating, work challenges and most importantly, about her journey towards self-improvement. Helen Fielding’s humorous writing and relatable characters make it a delightful read, a classic for the ages.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

If you enjoy reading science fiction, then The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a must-read. The novel takes the readers on a journey through space with the last surviving man, Arthur Dent. He finds himself travelling the universe after Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. The novel is filled with quirky characters and witty observations about life.

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat is a humorous tale about the misadventures of three friends as they go on a boating holiday along the Thames River. Set in late Victorian England, the book is filled with funny observations and comical anecdotes. The author’s quirky descriptions and humorous intellect bring the characters and their journey to life, making it an entertaining read.

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You is a collection of essays that offers a humorous look at modern life. In the book, the author talks about everything from relationships and body image to the absurdities of adulthood. The writer has you laughing as she navigates the complexities of life with her sense of humour as her weapon of choice.

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

There is something so calming and magical about novels that are set in the countryside, isn’t it? Cold Comfort Farm is a witty parody of traditional English rural novels. The tale revolves around Flora Poste, a young and modern-thinking woman who moves in with her relatives at Cold Comfort Farm. In this novel, Stella Gibbons uses satire to make fun of the stereotypes of the English countryside life. A must-read!

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

My Man Jeeves is a collection of short stories where we are introduced to the memorable duo of Jeeves, the English butler and his employer, Bertie Wooster. From Jeeves rescuing Bertie from his blunders to navigating the whims of the English upper class, their witty exchanges are extremely funny and entertaining. The author’s comedic timing and wordplay make these short stories a pure delight.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey is a renowned American actress, comedian, writer and producer. In Bossypants, Fey offers readers a close and hilarious insight into her life and career. She shares anecdotes, reflections on motherhood and behind-the-scenes tales from her time at Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Bossypants is a memoir that offers both laughs and inspiration in big doses.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Confederacy of Dunces is a comic masterpiece by American author John Kennedy Toole. The novel is set in New Orleans and revolves around Ignatius J. Reilly, a lazy, obese, thirty-year-old living with his mother—he is a larger-than-life eccentric who hates modernity. The author takes the readers on a hilarious journey as Ignatius navigates the challenges of work and life. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in the year 1981.

A Funny Life by Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre is one of Britain’s most beloved comedians. In his autobiography, A Funny Life, he shares his insights and observations on life. In this book, he tells stories from his own life and talks about how he started his career in comedy and became famous. The book is filled with funny stories and clever jokes. For anyone who wishes to know their idols up, close and personal, this is a must-read.

Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Diary of a Nobody is a classic by English authors and brothers George and Weedon Grossmith. The novel is presented as the diary of Charles Pooter, a middle-class Londoner, who documents his mundane and daily experiences in it. The book primarily offers a satirical look at the Victorian society. The  humorous narration and the series of misadventures that the protagonist encounters make it an all-time favourite comedy book for seasoned readers.

So, if you are looking for comedy books, these are must-adds to your list. From witty observations on modern life to hilarious parodies, these gems are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!


Are comedy books suitable for all age groups?

Although comedy books are mostly written for adults, there are plenty of comedic novels for younger readers too.

Can reading comedy books improve my mood or mental health?

Reading funny books can be a great way to boost your mood and relieve stress.

What are some classic comedy books?

Some classic comedy books include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome and more.

Are there any benefits to reading comedy books regularly?

Reading comedy books regularly can improve your sense of humour and vocabulary and boost your overall wellbeing.




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