10 Genuinely Funny Funny Fiction Books You’re Sure to Love

by Toledo Lucas County Public Library
10 Genuinely Funny Funny Fiction Books You’re Sure to Love

Welcome to our funny fiction series. We’re highlighting a variety of humorous fiction novels to help our readers find that next great read (and hopefully a few laughs along the way).

Humor is a funny thing (pun intended). Pinpointing what an individual will find funny isn’t an exact science. There are so many different types of humor, but what constitutes funny is a matter of opinion. David Sedaris is fairly popular, but his type of humor may not be everyone’s cup of tea (even though he is a comedic genius). After all, tastes, preferences, likes and dislikes develop over a lifetime based on a variety of life experiences.

Looking for reading recommendations? Below, you’ll find a small selection hand-picked, entertaining and utterly enjoyable books. Hopefully you’ll think they’re funny too! Stay tuned for more blog posts featuring funny fiction.

Funny Fiction Recommendations

1. Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

A crossover series by the best-selling author of the Stephanie Plum mysteries introduces pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, who is recruited by Diesel to track down a cache of priceless ancient relics while keeping them out of the hands of his criminal mastermind cousin.

Borrow it from the library: BookLarge Print, Audio, eBook or eAudio

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's diary : a novel / Helen Fielding

A hilarious journal chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single, thirty-something woman on a perpetual quest for self-improvement, as she struggles to cope with relationships, weight control, and the other baffling complexities of modern life.

Borrow it from the library: Book or eBook

3. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Foer

Everything is illuminated : a novel / Jonathan Safran Foer

Hilarious, energetic, and profoundly touching, a debut novel follows a young writer as he travels to the farmlands of eastern Europe, where he embarks on a quest to find Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, and, guided by his young Ukrainian translator, he discovers an unexpected past that will resonate far into the future.

Borrow it from the library: Book, eBook or eAudio

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy / Douglas Adams

Chronicles the journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent, accompanied by never-before-published material from the late author’s archives as well as commentary by famous fans.

Borrow it from the library: Book, eBook or eAudio

5. Insane City by Dave Barry

Insane City by Dave Barry

Astonished by his imminent marriage to a woman he believed out of his league, Seth flies to their destination wedding in Florida only to be swept up in a maelstrom of violence involving rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, and a desperate python.

Borrow it from the library: Book, Audio, eBook or eAudio

6. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

The author presents a collection of three animal-themed essays. In The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck, a group of complete strangers bitterly discuss the order of things within the animal kingdom. In Hello Kitty, a miserable alcoholic cat attends AA. In The Squirrel and the Chipmunk, two lovers are torn apart by their quarreling families.

Borrow it from the library: BookAudioeBook or eAudio

7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems–the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.

Borrow it from the library: Book, eBook or eAudio

8. The Idiot by Elif Batuman

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Embarking on her freshman year at Harvard in the early tech days of the 1990s, a young artist and daughter of Turkish immigrants begins a correspondence with an older mathematics student from Hungary while struggling with her changing sense of self, first love and a daunting career prospect.

Borrow it from the library: Book or eBook

9. At Freddie’s by Penelope Fitzgerald

At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald

“Freddie’s” is the familiar name of the Temple Stage School, which supplies London’s West End theaters with child actors for everything from Shakespeare to musicals to the Christmas pantomime. Its proprietress, Freddie Wentworth, is a formidable woman of unknown age and murky background who brings anyone she encounters under her spell — so common an occurrence that it is known as “being Freddied.” At her school, we meet dour Pierce, a teacher hopelessly smitten with enchanting Hannah; Jonathan, a child actor of great promise, and his slick rival Mattie; and Joey Blatt, who has wicked plans to rescue Freddie’s from insolvency. Up to its surprising conclusion, “At Freddie’s” is thoroughly beguiling.

Borrow it from the library: Book or eBook

10. One More Thing : Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

One More Thing : Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak’s “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories” is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction.

Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, “One More Thing” has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.

Borrow it from the library: BookAudioeBook or eAudio

You May Also Enjoy These Great Library Blog Posts

How to Find a Good Book to Read
Includes tips on how to find books you’ll truly enjoy.

Clever With A Side of Sarcasm
Books for fans of clever, absurd and sarcastic humor.

10 Entertaining Novels That Will Put a Smile on Your Face
Novels with light humor and likable characters.


Looking for your next great read?

Let us help you!

Tell us what you’ve enjoyed reading, watching or listening to, and our librarians will give you personalized recommendations.

No algorithms, cookies or data mining – just real experts in your community sharing their love of great books, music and movies with you. We call it Give 3 Get 3.

Get started today at

toledolibrary.org/Give3Get!
Buckeye Broadband Toledo Proud

You may also like

Hey there!

or

Sign in

Forgot password?

Don't have an account? Register

Close
of

Processing files…