If you choose your books for their humoristic stories, then you are in luck. We have gathered some of the funniest literary works. Whether we are talking about the dark humor or the light one, each of these books has a different style, so you will surely find your next lecture.
From dark to and dry to fictive or factual, this collection of books will put a smile on your face, so prepare yourself to weep them with laughter.
6 genuinely funny books to add in your library
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
This is a classic children’s book, but a story who stands so contemporary by the life values it promotes. The story is about 5 kids who win the chance to visit the Willy Wonka’s enigmatical candy-making fabric. Among these children, there’s Charlie Bucket. A poor starving boy, whose life is bearable due to his amazing relationship with his wonderful family.
The story is particularly beautiful for its vivid, yet amusing way of relating things. Children learn from this book how bad behavior is punished and how humbleness always wins. The cartoon-like sketches in the book make the story even more exciting and funny for the kids.
In 2005, the book got a movie adaptation, starring Johnny Deep.
Bridget Jones Diary
Looking for an urban story, very easy to read? We would call it more like a relaxing book, for those days when you don’t want to deal with too complex books.
Bridget Jones is now a phenomenon and stares the main “Singleton” character, facing the disastrous world of dating, the temptation of delicious sandwiches and the VCR operating, The book is full of every girl’s struggles, written so it brings out loads of laughter and comedy.
Bridget Jones Diary got a movie version in 2001, keeping the romantic and funny attitude from the book.
This lecture represents, this time, a pleasant lecture for those who are looking for satirical comedies. Published in 2017 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this book talks about the gay writer Arthur Less Less, who is a fifty years old writer. He has lived with a Pulitzer prize winning genius before. One day, he gets an invitation to his ex’s wedding with another man, which turns his world upside down. In order to avoid his ex-partner’s impending wedding, he decides to travel the world. So he goes to Italy, Germany, Morocco, and Japan where he will meet different people and have some hook-ups.
The book covers different themes, such as aging, travel, same-sex relationships, romantic love, all under the same satirical umbrella.
I’m an old communist hag
Our Romanian first choice is solely for the fact that it balances past and present in a humorous, satirical way. The story is presented from the point of view of Emilia, a retired factory worker that has lived most of her life in the communist era of Romania, and has trouble adapting to the new way of life of democracy. The action jumps back and forth from her childhood to the present day. The trigger is the visit of her daughter. She has lived in the USA for some years and her American fiance, who she now meets for the first time.
I deeply recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy to read the book, filled with laughter and good humor but that has a deeply serious undertone, exploring the gap between generations and political views.
Trainspotting is all about dark humor, and it is maybe the greatest book of Irvine Welsh. The book focuses on the lives of a group of friends from Leith, Edinburgh, three of which are deep into heroin addiction. Irvine Welsh entwines the seriousness and sadness of their dependence with humorous, satirical elements in such a way that I laughed out loud through a good portion of the book each time I read it.
The humor comes from the realization that these people are completely ragged from reality. But somehow, they evolve in a way that gives me the feeling of hopefulness that in the end, everything will be OK.
Trainspotting is a great book for those out there enjoying a good sick laugh. As one critic said, “this book should sell more copies than the Bible,” and I think that sums it up pretty good.
The story revolves around a journalist named John (though he calls himself Jonah) that decides to write a book that tells the stories of what important people were doing when the atomic bomb was released. He contacts the three children on the fictional inventor of the explosive and tries to establish a connection with them.
The book combines satire, with surrealism and dark humor. It takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. From believing in true science to describing a new peaceful religion, from democracy to crazy dictators. One critic said that “this is an annoying book and you must read it. And you better take it lightly, because if you don’t you’ll go off weeping and shoot yourself.” and I entirely agree with him.