Books That Made Me Laugh
These are a few books that managed to elicit a laugh from me… not that that’s a hard thing to do, lol.
Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-San, Vol. 1 by Honda (illus.)
The first in a manga series about a bookseller who works at a comic book shop. Since I also work at a bookstore, I could strongly relate to all the situations mentioned in the comic. All the booksellers are drawn wearing a mask, and the protagonist, Honda, wears a skull-face mask. It’s a funny read. I highly recommend it.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
This is a short book of personal essays that center around Christmas. They are all quite anti-Christmas, I guess, but I HIGHLY recommend it and suggest you read it around the Christmas holidays. It’s very entertaining. One is about Sedaris working as an elf one Christmas and, oh my gosh! What entertainment! Actually, I recommend you listen to the audiobook because Sedaris (and sometimes his sister) narrates it.
Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
Another one about bookselling that was highly entertaining for me. It’s a memoir about Bythell’s experience running a used bookshop in Scotland. It starts out slow and takes a while to get into, but it was worth sticking with it. Now I want to visit Scotland to go to Bythell’s shop.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
Lawson had me rolling with laughter from the beginning. Furiously Happy is her memoir about her struggle with mental illness, and, although I’d heard a lot about it before beginning, I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Lawson is just hilarious and I appreciated the book’s message about remaining true to who you are.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
This children’s picture book was one of my top reads of 2020. It’s exactly as the title says: It’s a picture book that doesn’t have any pictures, and it’s such a joy to read. I was tickled and entertained and now feel like reading it again.
Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
I’ve only read three of the Witches books so far from the Discworld series, and although I’ve enjoyed each one, Witches Abroad was my favorite. It was so hilarious! Oh my gosh! It’s a fantasy novel about the Ramtop witches — Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick — travelling abroad to prevent a young woman from marrying a prince. I love how the story played with fairytale tropes and the adventures the three witches had along the way was highly entertaining.
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
This is the Daily Show host’s autobiography that mostly focuses on his childhood in South Africa. It’s a compelling, informative, and entertaining read. Despite the heavy topics discussed (such as apartheid and spousal abuse), there’s lots of humor throughout. I highly recommend it.
Evil Eye by Shekar Madhuri, narr. by Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Nick Choksi, Rita Wolf
This is one of those Audible Originals audiobooks. Oh my gosh! It was such fun to listen to! It’s so funny! It’s about a young Indian woman whose mom keeps pestering her to find a man but when she does, the mom doesn’t seem to like him. It was an unexpected read as well. It started out really funny and, although the humor is maintained throughout, it later became a thriller, which I didn’t see coming at all, but I liked it.