21 Funny Books You Need to Read

Laughter is good for the soul. If you’re looking for humorous books to give you a good laugh, we have compiled a list of some of the best funny books for adults out right now. Whether you love a good coming-of-age story or relatable portrayals of married life, these titles will make you smile as you read some of the best literary humor out there.

Our list includes a wide variety of works, including everything from fiction favorites written with a flair for humor to memoirs written to make you laugh at life. Keep reading to find another great read to add to your collection.

1 | Everything I Know about Love: A Memoir

Adulthood isn’t easy, and this debut novel by Dolly Alderton, Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir, is one of the must-read books for those in the early stages of adulthood. Full of humor and insight, readers follow along through her journeys with love, finding a job, and getting dumped.

2 | Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Written by Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is a coming-of-age story in the early stages of freedom after apartheid. Noah grew up in extreme poverty and shares his story of life in the world, creating a humor-laden portrait of life in South Africa.

3 | Pride and Prejudice: But Mr. Darcy is a Vape God

The classic is the source of many famous book quotes, but this twist is for those with a good sense of humor. In this satirical novel written by Dick Cody Heese, Pride and Prejudice: But Mr. Darcy is a Vape God, Heese simply adds sentences to the original novel that showcase Mr. Darcy’s insatiable vaping habit, and is one of the best funny books on the list if you love parodies.

4 | Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

In Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris writes about everyday life, getting a colonoscopy, what his father wore to dinner, and about a guy walking into a bar. For those who love dad humor, this is definitely one to consider.

5 | All My Friends Are Dead

Author Jory John writes about the downside of everything in All My Friends Are Dead. If you’re a tree, all your friends are end tables, if they are pirates, they all have scurvy, you get the picture. It’s a look at life from a pessimistic perspective–perfect for those with a dark sense of humor.

6 | The Office Bffs: Tales of the Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There

Take a look at behind the scenes of the popular television show The Office in this funny book, The Office Bffs: Tales of the Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There, written by Jenna Fischer. The book talks about the early struggles of the show and the strong bond built between Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey.

7 | How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending: Productivity, Burnout, and Why Everyone Needs to Relax More Except You

It may feel like the sky is falling, but that doesn’t stop this author from sharing insight on how to stay productive, even when the end is near. With feelings of impending doom, who has time to relax? Get inspiration seeped in sarcasm in How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending: Productivity, Burnout, and Why Everyone Needs to Relax More Except You.

8 | Catch-22

In Catch-22, published in 1961, author Joseph Heller shares the story of Captain Yossarian just trying to stay alive during World War II in Italy. It’s madness, satire, and sure to make you laugh.

9 | Hello, Molly!: A Memoir

In Hello, Molly!: A Memoir, comedian and author Molly Shannon shares her life story of resilience and redemption with the comedic genius she is known for.

10 | The World Deserves My Children

The World Deserves My Children, written by stand-up comedian Natasha Leggero, is full of stories about being a mom, parenting, and life in the age of environmental panic–with a humorous narrative style, of course.

11 | How to Stay Married: The Most Insane Love Story Ever Told

In Harrison Scott Key’s book, How to Stay Married: The Most Insane Love Story Ever Told, he writes about how his wife’s infidelity threw their marriage into chaos. This is a candid, yet surprisingly still funny, look at his journey as he dealt with the complexities of married life.

12 | Fleabag: The Scriptures

The Book Fleabag: The Scriptures, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, combines deep human trauma with dry wit, making this a funny, unique, and ruthless book to add to your shelf.

13 | Happy-Go-Lucky

In David Sedaris’s book, Happy-Go-Lucky, he writes about ordinary life moments, coping during the pandemic, and becoming an orphan as an older adult, all with absurdity and satire. Read this for life lessons from a hilarious perspective.

14 | Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Humor, an apocalypse, and a demon and an angel assigned to Earth that don’t want to see their creature comforts blown to bits. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch is the kind of science fiction you can expect from Neil Gaiman.

15 | Such a Fun Age

In Such a Fun Age, Alix Chamberlain has it all and can’t understand how her babysitter, Emira, is resistant to help. The women have their lives upended, and it’s a humorous look at adulthood.

16 | Good Gossip

In Good Gossip, Jacqueline Carey writes about life in Manhattan, illegally subletting apartments, and life among a circle of friends.

17 | My Sister, the Serial Killer

My Sister, the Serial Killer is for those who love dark humor. Written by Oyinkan Braithwait, it follows a woman in Nigeria whose younger sister kills her boyfriends in this annoying habit.

18 | Shrill

Shrill, another memoir on our list, written by Lindy West, is a coming-of-age story full of feminism and humor at a time when women were supposed to be compliant, small, and quiet.

19 | You Will Find Your People: How to Make Meaningful Friendships as an Adult

In this funny book, Lane Moore writes about the challenges of finding adult friends. Part self-help and part memoir, You Will Find Your People: How to Make Meaningful Friendships as an Adult, looks at making friends with laughter and light.

20 | Quietly Hostile

In Quietly Hostile, Samantha Irby shares outrageous stories from her eventful life, including everything from job offers from Hollywood, attempts at healing through therapy and Reiki, and a QVC addiction.

21 | Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About

Love, life, and arguments are the themes of Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About, written by Mil Millington. It’s the fictional story of the life of Pel Dalton, his relationship with his girlfriend, and how the things that drive you most crazy also keep you sane.

Blow Off Some Steam with These Humorous Reads

Take time away from reality and get a good laugh in with these funny books for adults that you can get for the lowest prices on Alibris. With thousands of independent sellers offering competitive prices on new and used copies of these humorous books, you’ll easily find one–or many–that fit your budget. Once you’re done shopping our funny book list, make sure to check out other genres to add to your home library. Whether you’ve been on the hunt for more memoirs or beloved kids’ books, Alibris is your one-stop shop.

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