We all need something uplifting to amuse and divert us because the world can be extremely sad at times. Thankfully, there are many amusing, silly, and interesting books out there just waiting to make us smile again. With a good book in your hands, you’d never get bored. With the book options below, you can find something entertaining for sure.
Fun, Silly, And Interesting Books
1. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm is a fun read about Flora Poste, a broke 19-year-old metropolitan orphan who decides to impose herself upon her distant farming relatives, the Starkadders. It was published in 1932 as a satirical response to romantic rural literature popular at the time. This hilarious novel describes what transpires when a bossy city girl tries to meddle in pastoral affairs. It is full of hilarious characters names such as the Jersey cows, Graceless, Pointless, Aimless, and Feckless; and cousins Urk, Ezra, Harkaway, and Caraway.
2. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Toole’s masterpiece, which was awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize posthumously, has long dazzled and amused academics, skeptics, and general scalawags. The misadventures of the misanthropic Ignatius Reilly, a thirty-something who lives with his mother in 1960s New Orleans and struggles to find work while battling a pyloric valve condition, as well as the various struggles of the colorful characters of the Quarter are chronicled in this unparalleled and indestructibly funny book.
3. Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood
The Thurber Prize for American Humor was awarded to Patricia Lockwood for her hilarious memoir of her unorthodox Catholic childhood in Kansas. She begins by recounting how she and her husband moved into her parent’s rectory, placing themselves, as she puts it, “on the mercy of the church,” and then goes on to describe her coming-of-age during her father’s conversion to Catholicism in incisive, funny prose that is brimming with insight and humor.
4. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
The satirical book about racism and race reads like an endlessly entertaining stand-up routine. You should set aside some valuable time to take in the flood of images and genius contained in each sentence of Paul Beatty’s masterpiece because each one is so dense and multilayered. The Sellout stands out among other books because it is jam-packed with astute observations, unique interpretations, and tons of all-American cultural and historical references.
5. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
In this irreverent memoir, Jenny Lawson—better known online as “The Bloggess”—shines brightest. She describes what it was like to grow up with a father who operated a taxidermy business out of the home, a mother who worked in the school cafeteria, and a sister who proudly wore her mascot costume everywhere. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened unearths all of Jenny’s embarrassing incidents and mines them for wit and wisdom. It is equally morbid and magnificent.
6. Still Life with Wood Pecker by Tom Robbins
At a liberal political convention in Hawaii that Mickey Wrangle plans to bomb, redheaded Princess Leigh-Cheri, a former cheerleader turned vegetarian, falls in love with her opposite. Still Life with Woodpecker has been described as a book about personal priorities, “metaphysical outlaw-ism,” the function of the moon, and “how to make love stay,” as well as a postmodern fairy tale that takes place inside a pack of Camel cigarettes.
7. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake is a collection of helpless, hapless, and howling good essays that explores the difficulties and pitfalls of young adult urban life, from upsetting a Natural History Museum exhibit to controlling an unhealthy obsession with plastic ponies to attending weddings for people you no longer remember.
8. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
A 1963 science fiction classic revolves around a cast of irrational characters on a vile Caribbean island where a writer’s desire to record tales of atomic bombs collides with a pivotal political drama. Cat’s Cradle, which used to be a staple of every student’s backpack, offers insightful commentary on American imperialism, the struggle between man and technology, and the potential for nuclear war. Above all else, though, it’s hysterically funny.
9. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
This hysterically brave and hilarious collection of essays by the multi-award-winning author, critic, blogger, and all-around wisecracking social commentary mastermind Luvvie Ajayi tackles racism’s pervasiveness in addition to the shallowness of pop culture. Ajayi, a self-described “professional shade thrower,” has penned a fantastic bestseller that will make you giggle at the world.
10. In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
The acclaimed and well-loved fiction author George Saunders is not just a great storyteller; he is also a sharp-eyed satirist who is familiar with both heartbreak and humor and who can deftly serve up equal portions of pathos and absurdity. A collection of diverse short stories called In Persuasion Nation combines the literary with the fantastical and provides poignant insight into the emptiness and humor of our contemporary world.
11. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Bill Gates called the wildly illustrated book Hyperbole and a Half, which is based on the well-known blog and webcomic about Allie’s experiences with depression and rescue dogs, “funny and smart as hell.” Hyperbole and a Half is one of the most inventive and alluring works of our Internet age.
12. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
The humorist Mark Twain is unmatched when it comes to travel writing. Twain describes his voyage on board the chartered Quaker City, which took him and other Americans from New York City to Europe and the Holy Lands in 1867, in The Innocents Abroad (also known as The New Pilgrims’ Progress). This must-read is filled with annoyance, wonder, and belly-laugh-inducing humor, and it might make modern travelers yearn for the era of slowpoke steamers.
13. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
How to be a Woman, written by one of Britain’s most talented broads, has been praised as “entirely necessary” and a cultural phenomenon. It is fearless, feminist, and funny. This riveting read is every woman’s pick-me-up, with well-written arguments on how to overthrow the patriarchy and zingers about bras, strip clubs, and witches.
14. Diary of a Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
The world’s most lovable and outspoken diva, Joan Rivers, never asked for or anticipated receiving a diary as a gift, but when her daughter Melissa did, she discovered she had plenty to say. The end result is this jaw-dropping gem that pokes fun at Hollywood celebrities, New York, Los Angeles, Mexican vacations, and, as usual, Joan.
15. The Best of Me by David Sedaris
David Sedaris has a special gift. He writes very well, is funny, a great observer of human nature, and is a little neurotic. In this awesome collection of Sedaris’ best writing from the previous 25 years, the last part stands out. It’s incredible he’s been doing this for so long, and just the process of selecting “the best” from among all the amazing content was challenging. However, it’s a fantastic and humorous journey, making it a great book to pick up and put down whenever you need a good laugh.
These books can make wonderful presents and also make people smile and have fun. Give these books to your bookworm friends or even someone who isn’t a bookworm. They will undoubtedly appreciate these books.