Top Ten Funny Books That Will Make You Chuckle

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Maybe I’m just not an expressive reader, but I hardly ever—HARDLY EVER—laugh when reading books. The most I do is chuckle (usually when something funny happens) or giggle (more often when I’m rooting for a particular couple and they do or say cheesy, silly, flirty things).

In that spirit, this list was just hard to compile! I don’t tend to remember if books make me laugh or chuckle since that’s generally not what I look for so I don’t notice my reactions that much, and even now I’m not 100% sure I’ve chosen the right books. I’m about 50% sure, which is low, but hey, I tried. 😛

1) Can You Keep A Secret – Sophie Kinsella

She Latitude | Can You Keep A Secret“I hurl the glass teapot to the ground.

We both stare at it, stunned.

“It was supposed to break,” I explain after a pause, “And that was going to signify that yes, I would throw something away. If I knew it wasn’t right for me.”

THOUGHTS: This was probably one of my first Kinsella books and remains my favourite, because many of her other books just annoyed me (the Shopaholic series come to mind here).

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The secondhand embarrassment chuckle. Multiples of them.

2) The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

The Undomestic Goddess“I should have done a degree in mutual attraction, instead of law. It would have been a lot more useful. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Knowing When Men Fancy You And When They’re Just Being Friendly.”

THOUGHTS: Okay, I’m cheating a little bit here by including the same author, but Kinsella was what I read of contemporary romance when I was younger, and back then, I reread a lot. So some of her books are admittedly kind of branded into my head, and The Undomestic Goddess being one of them.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: Same as above, the “thank GOD I’m not this character” chuckle.

3) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews

shelatitude_meandearlanddyinggirl“They look into each other’s eyes. If this were a touching romantic story, in this moment some STRANGE NEW FEELING would wash over Greg—a sense of being understood, in a basic way that he almost never is understood. Then, Greg and Rachel would make out like lovesick badgers. However, this is not a touching romantic story. There is no NEW FEELING that washes over Greg. There is no BADGER MAKE-OUT SESSION. Instead, Greg sort of shifts uncomfortably and breaks eye contact.”

THOUGHTS: Reviews on the blogosphere seem to be mixed for this one but I actually quite enjoyed it! Greg’s voice was funny and realistic to me, very conversational.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The understanding “well, he certainly tells it as it is” chuckle.

4) Bet Me – Jennifer Crusie

Bet Me“Look, Mother, I am never going to be thin. I’m Norwegian. If you wanted a thin daughter, you should not have married a man whose female ancestors carried cows home from the pasture.”

THOUGHTS: So Bet Me is one of those books I mention time and time again as being one of my comfort books of choice, and one of the reasons is because it’s actually really funny—in a smart, sarcastic way. The protagonist is kind of a smart-ass, so you get lots of that from this book. 😛

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The “yaaaas, that’s a smart comeback!” congratulatory, admiring chuckle.

5) The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries“Leola Mae Harmon. I saw a movie about her on the Lifetime channel. Leola was an air force nurse who was in a car accident and the lower part of her face got all mangled, but then Armand Assante, who plays a plastic surgeon, said he could fix her. Leola had to endure hours of painful reconstructive surgery, during which her husband left her because she didn’t have any lips (which I guess is why the movie is called Why Me?). Armand Assante said he would make her a new pair of lips, only the other air force doctors didn’t like the fact that he wanted to make them out of skin from Leola’s vagina. But he did it anyway, and then he and Leola got married and worked together to help give other accident victims vagina lips. And the whole thing turned out to have been based on a true story.”

THOUGHTS: I am so, SO due for a reread of The Princess Diaries. It was one of my favourite books as a teen and I still remember how much I enjoyed Mia’s voice and general wackiness. ❤

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: I think it was the “yes this is exactly what teenagers go through” sympathetic chuckle? Like I said, due for a reread here!

6) Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones' Diary“Resolution number one: Obviously will lose twenty pounds.

Number two: Always put last night’s panties in the laundry basket.

Equally important, will find sensible boyfriend to go out with and not continue to form romantic attachments to any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits or perverts. And especially will not fantasize about a particular person who embodies all these things.”

THOUGHTS: Bridget Jones’ Diary is the ultimate chick-lit for me. I LOVED the first movie too, so that’s an easy plus. ❤

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The “being a grown woman is so scary” chuckle. I read this as a teen, haha.

7) Nuts – Alice Clayton

nuts“You didn’t really bring me beets, did you?”…

“I did,” he murmured, his thumbs sliding underneath my T-shirt the tiniest bit. “I brought mad beets.”

“Oh man,” I snorted … “Did you bring me anything else?”

He brought his face back to mine, tinged with the slightest of blush. “I hesitate to say it now.”

“What did you bring?” I asked his shaking shoulders.

He buried his head once again into my neck. “A really big zucchini…”

THOUGHTS: I read Nuts with a couple of Twitter friends last year and while it was not particularly unique, it was quite enjoyable, and the food puns and dirty jokes are glorious.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The “my goodness, that’s genius” chuckle.

8) Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari

Modern Romance“Like most fedora wearers, he had a lot of inexplicable confidence.”

THOUGHTS: Modern Romance is the first audiobook I’ve listened to in full, and boy did it change my mind on audiobooks! Aziz Ansari is a comedian, so believe me when I say that this surprisingly sociological book has quite a lot of chuckle-out-loud insights, chat conversations and personal anecdotes.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: The classic “oh no I totally used those texting strategies” guilty chuckle, complete with shifty eyes and a sudden need to melt and disappear.

9) Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me“All women love Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, George VI—at this point he could play the Craigslist Killer and people would be like, ‘Oh my God, the Craigslist Killer has the most boyish smile!”

THOUGHTS: So I picked up this one right after reading Modern Romance—I was on kind of a stand-up comedian streak, which lasted these two books—and while I liked it less, it was also quite fun. Mindy Kaling is hilarious and some of her anecdotes are so relatable.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: Sympathy “omg that silly thing would totally happen to me too” chuckles.

10) How to Repair A Mechanical Heart – J. C. Lillis

How to Repair A Mechanical Heartdoomerang: omg you guys. I CAN’T EVEN.
amity crashful: rosey you are a heroic stalker, please have my babies
retro robot: They are flawless. That is all.
sadparadise: MY BRAIN JUST LEGIT EXPLODED
whispering!sage: snickerdoodles. the official cookie of us.
thanks4caring: lol @ brandon’s “cupping hands.” like, “abel baby, back yo ass up into these”
sad paradise: can you blame him? DAT ASS.

THOUGHTS: Can’t complete this list without one of my favourite LGBT YA novels of all time, How to Repair A Mechanical Heart! Anyone who was ever really involved in any fandom will probably find this hilarious, because that was the highlight of this book for me.

TYPE OF CHUCKLE: Nostalgic “those were the golden days” chuckles, as well as amazed “OMG YAAAS that’s how I used to speak!” chuckles.

What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments!

82 thoughts on “Top Ten Funny Books That Will Make You Chuckle

  1. I absolutely love Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?”. This was probably the first autobiography that I read that I actually enjoyed. Mindy is absolutely hilarious and very, very witty.

    Have you read Tiny Fey’s “Bossypants”? I loved that, too.

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    • I get you! I listened to the audiobook because it just feels like that kind of book, and so many parts of it were just funny and relatable. I liked Aziz Ansari’s book a bit better, but it’s not really autobiographical as much as it’s… sociological?

      I haven’t! It’s definitely on my list. Do you prefer that to Kaling’s? 🙂

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      • No, I definitely prefer Mindy’s more! Bossypants was really good, but there is just something about Mindy that I just love 🙂 And I have never read Aziz Ansari’s book. Oh, I must though! 🙂

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        • Ooh, that’s new to me! I’ve always thought Bossypants was number one on pretty much everyone’s lists when it comes to women humour. :p

          Aziz Ansari’s book is a must-read I think – just so funny and interesting at the same time. 🙂

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  2. I had the exact same problem as you when I was making my list. I’m only 100% sure about four books on my list, the other six are just guesses.

    I completely forgot about Mindy Kaling’s book! I should have included that one on my list, because it probably made me laugh at least a few times (though I read it a while ago and can’t completely remember).

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    • Haha, so glad I’m not the only one! I just don’t generally laugh when reading books, no matter how funny the book is. 😛

      Mindy Kaling is just hilarious, and some of her anecdotes in the book are so funny! I can’t fault you for not remembering it, though, just because I felt like other than the humour the book wasn’t anything particularly special.

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          • I have a friend from junior high/high school whose sister is a journalist and has written about beauty stuff for magazines like Vogue and InStyle. She’s started a new beauty line and was interviewed. They asked her who her favorite celeb interview was and she said Anna Kendrick. That she’s down to earth and exactly like what you would expect. That makes me want to read it even more!

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  3. I enjoyed Me & Earl as well! I just finished a book today- The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle- that reminded me a lot of Me&Earl in that they both had honest humor. The main character of this book was also very into movies, as Greg is. Something to check out if you liked Me&Earl. 🙂

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  4. I see that Bet Me made it onto your list as well!! I need to reread that book some time soon. I also included Cabot’s books. I love her writing style and the awkward situations she puts her characters in! (I also liked that you described the type of chuckle. Would it be silly if I said that made me chuckle? LOL)

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    • Bet Me was hilarious! I haven’t had the chance to go around everybody’s list yet but I will try to do so soon, so I’m keen to look at yours later. I’ve reread Bet Me more times than I care to count, tbh – it’s just the kind of book I need whenever I want something comforting. 😛

      (And no, it wouldn’t. I’m glad it made you chuckle!) ❤

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  5. I’ve read none of these books but I’ve read another of Alice Clayton’s series and she writes comedy really well. I’ve been recommending this series all day but the Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy is literally laugh out loud funny

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  6. Ugh such cover as Nuts are the most hateful (for me)! I hate half-naked guys or girls on the cover. Haha! I’m glad that the story compensated for the bad idea on the cover though. 😀

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    • Haha, covers like Nuts are definitely covers I much, MUCH prefer to have digitally rather than physically. I’m much too self-conscious to carry a book like that around. The story definitely made up for it, admittedly. 😛

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  7. I have Bet Me sitting in my Kindle since I’m not sure when…lol I should pop it open for a read 😂 I kinda wanna read How To Repair A Mechanical Heart…need to put it on my TBR 😁

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      • Hahaha!!! I will move it up my MUST BE READ list 😂 I have a few on there… oh man I’ve not done any TTT as of yet this mth lol its tough getting back into blogging after a trip 😅

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        • AHH I HEAR YOU. Was this the trip where you wanted to go to Thailand? HOW WAS IT? I just got back from Japan as well and it totally shook my whole blogging habit out of the window, it’s difficult now to get back into the swing of things. 😛

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          • Bangkok was ridiculously HOT…I felt like I was just melting under the sun 🌞 but it was like shopping heaven! Spent way too much money 😂 I’ve gotta to start with at least one post first…I’ve not even turned on my laptop since I returned LOL

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            • Sounds so fun! I haven’t been to Bangkok in AGES. Did you shop clothes/accessories/etc.? I spent a bit more than I intended too in Japan, haha.

              Also at least you have a laptop to turn on. After last last week’s debacle on Twitter, mine finally died for real, haha. I’m taking it to an Apple store to see if there’s anything that can be done but that’ll have to wait until I’m back in Melbourne this weekend… thus far I’ve been trying to blog through my phone, which leads to SUPER TIRED FINGERS. 😛

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              • Omg blogging through your phone?! THAT’S DEDICATION!!! I bought a little of everything…clothes, shoes…snacks…skincare…LOL oh no! Mine has just slowed down it hasn’t died 😥 but it reminds me that I should back everything up. I’m not even sure how it works blogging through my phone…I don’t think I could even manage it on my iPad lol 😂

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                • I’ve just been commenting on my phone, haha – all my posts were written pre-computer breakdown era, so it’s really not that amazing. :p

                  BACK IT UP! I didn’t back up mine completely but I managed to save some more important files – I’m not tooooo bothered about it being dead; I just hope the repairs don’t cost very much. They usually do, though – macs are so expensive! 😭

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                  • I feel you!!!! Yeah my post throughout BKK were all scheduled…so now I’m out of scheduled stuff 😂 gotta figure out how to actually line up more in advance. How far in advance do you pre write your work? It’s amazing how much you have stored! 😲

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                    • I have about 10 posts drafted atm, which sounds good but is also bad in a way because that means I’m always at least 2 weeks late in posting my reviews, haha. I’m barely on time for anything except TTTs. How far in advance do you tend to plan? :p

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                    • LOL! It’s the fault of being unorganized and lazy…in some sense…(I’d love to blame it on lack of ideas to that too). Thanks for offering you help! When I think of something I’ll definitely take you up on your offer 😉 Although, your blog has definitely inspired me quite a lot! Such as the book looks posts I’ve started doing 😀

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                    • That’s how I feel too 😀 In the end its a hobby not a job…I don’t wanna feel stressed out over blogging. Of course, I always enjoy reading your entries 😀

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  8. These are such great picks for this week Reg. I’ve only read one of the books on your list but reading the quotes you picked for each did make me laugh 😀
    I loved Meg Cabot when I was in high school. I haven’t read all the Princess Diaries books, only the first two or three, but they were really good. Honestly she’s great at creating humerus and relatable characters!

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    • Thanks, Beth! I purposefully chose some funnier quotes and I’m glad you enjoyed them. 😛

      Meg Cabot is sooo funny. I think I’ve read pretty much all those Princess Diaries books but I’m definitely due for a reread – I’m starting to forget the details, haha. But I think they definitely popularised the diary format for YA books.

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  9. I LOVE The Princess Diaries. I have been slowly rereading the series over the last few months and it’s genius. There are loads of stupid jokes in it that are definitely intended for older readers. These books totally stand the test of time.

    I have been meaning to read Modern Romance forever. I love Aziz Ansari. His stand up specials on Netflix are my go-to comfort viewing.

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    • Ahh, that’s a good idea! I’m SO due for a reread of the series but I haven’t yet had the chance, haha. I’m glad to hear that the jokes stand the test of time – that’s kind of what I’m afraid of with rereading my childhood books. 😛

      I’ve actually never watched Ansari’s standup stuff but his book was so worth the read! I listened to the audiobook and it was what converted me to the format completely, because it just worked so well and flowed so well.

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  10. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is definitely on my wishlist!
    I read The Princess Diaries like 7 years ago and I really need to re-read those books haha.
    I REALLY wanna read Modern Romance! Aziz is possibly my favourite comedian, so I honestly don’t know what I’m waiting for.

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    • Yeees for all three! Especially Modern Romance – that book converted me to the audiobook format just because it flowed so well, and Ansari was so funny. It’s also pretty smart and well-researched, so you’re not just reading (or listening) to his life story. It’s really more sociological than autobiographical, if that makes sense. 🙂

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      • It makes perfect sense! If it weren’t his book I wouldn’t be that interested in a study of modern dating, but if it’s interesting AND funny I’m in.

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  11. Yeaaah I definitely had to refer back to my “laugh out loud” shelf in goodreads, and even that I had trouble picking books. A lot of them on there were just a few lines that made me chuckle. Sooo I ended up with an eclectic list I think, haha. 🙈

    I love the princess diaries and Bridget Jones! The movie was pretty good for an adaption. 😉 Haha.

    Great list!

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    • You’ve a shelf for laugh-out-loud books, what a great idea! I really should start one, but I really don’t laugh all that much either with books.

      Totally agree with Princess Diaries and Bridget Jones being good for adaptation – I confess they’re those titles I might actually prefer the movies for than the books. 😛

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  12. I almost died at the quote from Nuts, omg. xD
    I didn’t particularly like Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl, but I get that the humor was there; it just wasn’t for me.

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  13. Okay so I haven’t read a single book for this list but I now have plenty to add to me to read pile haha. Jennifer Crusie’s book sounds like one I’d really enjoy so when I’m in the mood for a laugh. 😀

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