Going on a vacation this summer or just a stay-cation? If you like your books just like your poolside cocktail-light and refreshing, consider these recommendations:
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), by Mindy Kaling
This is one of those my-awkward-rise-to-Hollywood-fame books, but it’s told from the unique perspective of The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling (my imaginary best friend). As you turn the pages you can just hear her reading it to you in her in her high-pitched voice. It’s a quick fun read that part biographical part observational humor. Read it. It will also bring you more respect for the wonder that is Mindy.
2. The Potty Mouth, by Laurie Notaro
In Potty Mouth, Laurie Notario is funny, irreverent and entertaining. There wasn’t a single chapter where I didn’t find myself laughing out loud. My favorite part is where she is where she is convinced that she’s just run into a version of herself from the future. Reading this book is not heady, just pure entertainment. Perfect for lounging by the pool with a Margarita in the other hand.
3. Someone Could Get Hurt, by Drew Magary
This book has insides on parenting in 21st-century America, including the evolution of the Helicopter Dad and how to get drunk while your kids trick-or-treat. Drew Magary recounts stories about his own parenting experiences. It is honest, heartfelt and hilarious. It is a look at real life experiences and how the everyday can be funny.
4. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories, by B.J. Novak
B.J. NOVAK is like the super trifectas of talent- he acts, he he produces and he writes. Now you knew he was funny as a writer on “The Office”, but this collection of short stories will allow you to enjoy a whole ‘nother level of funny. Intelligent humor and I love the cover. Might have to steal the concept for one of my own someday. If you haven’t seen it, check out the book trailer. One of the funniest I’ve ever read.
5. Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
Yes, he’s the Hot Pockets guy. Yes, he wrote a book.
Yes, I kept singing Hotttttt Pockets every couples of pages.
Dad Is Fat is a collection of stories about how he lives with his wife and five children in a two bedroom apartment in the Bowery. It’s about parenting and no, he does not make fun of his children. I love that! Two books on fatherhood but both unique and hilarious in their own way.
This is the kind of humor I love. Honest observations about life from a man who absolutely loves his wife and children.
6. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson
Be warned! If you read this book in public you will laugh out loud. It painfully recounts some of Lawson’s most embarrassing it makes you want to cringe and laugh at the same time. You will be twisted in funny knots. It might hurt a little, but in a good way.
7. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding
On her quest for self-improvement, Bridget Jones gets hung up on chain-smoking and too-short skirts. Bridget Jones is you. If you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen the movie, read the book first then watch, watch, watch. If you are a human female and have seen the movie, read the book. There is something about Bridget that makes you identify with her and how can you go wrong with a book with a male lead named Mr. Darcy?
8. The Tao of Martha, by Jen Lancaster
I love everything that I have read by Jen Lancaster. This love affair started with Such a Pretty Fat. Her writing is like a delightful piece of fudge- decadent and delicious. Full of straight to the point adventures, it is just plain fun. If you have a chance, listen to an audio version of that book. I would highly recommend any book like this author especially Bitter is the New Black. The Tao of Martha does not disappoint as it continues the adventures and mishaps of an unlikely heroine— Jen.
9. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
Do you have that one friend that keeps telling you to read this book? Now while you might not want to take their advice on anything else, A Confederacy of Dunces was one suggestion they got right (except for you, of course). This is the story of Ignatius J. Reilly, a modern Don Quixote, is one of the funniest and finest American books. It’s a bit older, but this kind of humor is timeless.
10. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
This is a first in a long series which is a very good thing. In this book, Mma Ramotswe’s goal is simply to help people with their problems. She navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, humor and tea. Set in Botswana, the characters come alive with the first page. If you need a summer book club book, this is an excellent choice. This is a the first of a long and entertaining series. Each book can be read alone so don’t worry if you begin with any book in the series.
11. The Tent, The Bucket and Me, by Emma Kennedy
This is a non-fiction account of the author’s ill-fated childhood camping trips. I’ve never been camping and this book makes me want to go even less. Still, it made me laugh and I guarantee you will too.
Now these were just the top eleven choices. If you want even more try reading books by Dave Berry, Erma Bombeck and David Sedaris. Better yet, let me know some of your favorite funny books in the comments below!