This edition of Thursday Thirteen we’re going to look at books to make you laugh. Now, it goes without saying that everyone’s sense of humor is different, so these books might not appeal to you personally. However, if you’re a fan of puns, occasional crude humor, and charismatic characters, you might want to give these books a chance. These are in no particular order, by the way.
13 Books to Make You Laugh
Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight is for people with a very specific sense of humor, and it had me rolling. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as it did, but it almost had me in tears.
Pretty Pretty Princess is not one to read if you’re easily offended. To say that this book is crude is to put it mildly. If you can handle the crudeness, though, you’ll laugh your butt off. I know I did.
Apocalypse Cow & World War Moo – Forget the cud, they want blood – This is the series to read if you’re a lover of puns and absurd ideas brought to life. Not only are these cows, but they’re horny zombie cows.
Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe – Obviously, this is for dog people, but you don’t even have to be a rabid dog person to love this book. It had me grinning and giggling several times while reading it, and I walked away feeling like I’d read something special.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – It’s no surprise this one appears on this list. This is perhaps one of the best known ‘funny’ books, from an acknowledged master of his craft. Douglas Adams brings his dry sense of humor to full bore in this awesome book.
Not Your Mother’s Goose – While not quite as ribald and crude as Pretty Pretty Princess, Not Your Mother’s Goose is not a book you want a child to get their hands on either. This book covers several short versions of re-tellings and is filled with humor.
All Creatures Great and Small – Okay, this is not a book that’s going to have you rolling, but it will fill you with occasional giggles, and leave you with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. James Herriot relates his life as a veterinarian with a natural sense of humor that you experience his world with a rosy-colored, smelly tinge to it.
Zombie Wilson Diaries – I’ll admit it’s been a while since I read this one, but when I was looking through my books to add to this list, it popped immediately. Sometimes, you just need to take a trope and do something fun with it. And that’s what happens in this book. Take the Tom Hanks movie, Castaway, and add a zombie to it. Chaos ensues in this book that will probably gross you out, but also make you laugh.
A Princess of Mars – Okay, you might be surprised to see this one on here. That’s understandable. Princess of Mars isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, a laugh-out-loud funny sort of book. However, if you like bad Syfy movies, you’re going to love this book. One of the first (if not the first) of it’s kind, Princess of Mars is pure dimestore pulp science fiction. Its over the top, ridiculous, and just outright fun.
The Magic Fart – Yes, there’s no doubting this one is another cruder entry into this list, but if you liked Piers Anthony’s Xanth Series, but are ready to graduate to something a bit more grown-up/ribald, then The Magic Fart will fit the bill and possibly make you laugh until you toot.
Just One D*mn Thing After Another – Honestly, every single book in Jodi Taylor’s The Chronicles of St. Mary’s could go on this list. She has a talent for writing, and her humor (which is unabashedly British) will have you holding your sides. Especially if you listen to the audio books. Zara Ramm does an amazing job, and these books are absolutely hilarious.
Saga – This series, while not hilarious from start to finish, is filled with unexpected images and moments of sarcasm that can, and will, shock a laugh out of you. I remember giggling within the first few pages of this book, and gaping and giggling at several points in the others (and I’m only done with volume 3 at this point). If you’ve got a sarcastic streak as wide as I do, you will love the Saga series.