Sometimes you just wanna lighten things up a bit. Books can be funny because they poke fun at something darkly true about the world or they can just be a bit of a lol. Here are our recommendations of the best book club books with humor.
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
Written by the disarmingly hilarious Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck bemoans the aging process and the painful, silly things women put ourselves through to counter it. Though written when Ephron was 65, the book has plenty of life lessons and lolz for any woman and any man who wants to know about women. Choose this hilarious book if your book club is growing old.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The first book by an American to read the Man Booker Prize, The Sellout is a satire of race relations in the US. The book centers around an unnamed black narrator who finds himself coming to the Supreme Court on charges of slave holding and re-instituting segregation. A comic genius, Beatty uses the narrator’s disbelief in racism to poke at the way Americans disavow and avoid conversations about race. Choose this satirical book if your book club is all about social justice but needs a bit of comic relief this year.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Who would have thunk that a book in which one of the main characters has leukemia would be funny? The novel focuses on Greg and Earl as they move about awkward high school adolescence making even stranger versions of cult classic films that are total lolz. Greg is a wallflower and a loner (minus Earl and his new found friend Rachel), but he must embrace the spotlight in order to connect with Rachel – who has decided to stop treatment for her disease. Cute and funny, the book is great as is the film that followed. Choose this funny book if your book club wants to relive your high school years.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Part autobiography, part fiction, part drug trip – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is at once funny and frightening. The story follows Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo as they chase the American Dream in a drug fueled haze. Rooted in the 1960s counter-culture movement, the book inspired the term gonzo journalism. The novel has no true narrative and dips into the surreal and is punctuated by a bizarre series of events including wrecking cars, destroying hotel rooms, and talking to creepy desert animals. Choose this humorous book if you and your book club wanna have a little fun.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Another satirical novel, Catch-22 uses a series of paradoxes set in World War II to point out the hypocrisy of war. The phrase Catch-22 has since entered the English language to describe double binds. The book centers around Captain John Yossarian and his motley crew at the Air Force base. The characters are tragicomic and use repeated phrases for comic effect. Choose this book if your book club is looking for satire with a greater purpose.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend
Written in diary style, this book is hilarious from start to finish. Adrian, a teenager who believes himself to be an intellectual, is an unreliable narrator who naively and confidently misinterprets the world around him. Choose this book if your book club is in the mood to be silly.