12 Funny Books to Read to Lighten Your Mood

Forget the world’s problems and indulge in one of life’s simplest pleasures — reading a funny book!  From classics to contemporary, we’ve got you covered with something for everyone.

Wow, No Thank You. By Samantha Irby

A rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.


A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears.


When the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm in deepest Sussex, she finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent: organization.


An exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.

The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse

Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in one of the greatest comic novels in the English language.

The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Named for her wildly popular web series, Issa Rae waxes humorously on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits and black as cool.

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric.

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

A smart, funny classic about a young and beautiful American woman who moves to Paris determined to live life to the fullest.

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

A hilarious new novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

A handsome stranger. A dead billionaire. A citywide treasure hunt. Tuesday Mooney’s life is about to change . . . forevermore.

House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild

A dazzling novel both satirical and moving, about an eccentric, dysfunctional family of English aristocrats, and their crumbling stately home that reminds us how the lives and hopes of women can still be shaped by the ties of family and love.

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

A wise and hilarious novel about love, heartbreak, and rock and roll.

What do you think about the books on this list?

Have you read any of the books on this list?  What are some of your favorite books to read that are funny?  What books would you add to the list?

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