Laughter is a universal language that knows no bounds, and when it comes to literature, funny books have the power to bring joy, amusement, and even catharsis to readers. Women, in particular, have a deep appreciation for books that explore the complexities of life through humor. In this article, we’ve compiled a delightful list of some of the must-read funny books that span the realms of fiction, non-fiction, and memoir, each offering a unique and witty perspective on the female experience.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding
This modern classic follows the humorous misadventures of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single woman navigating career, love, and weight fluctuations with witty self-deprecating charm.
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey
Tina Fey, the acclaimed comedian, and writer shares her hilarious and inspiring journey through show business, offering witty insights into the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated field.
“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s collection of humorous essays provides an intimate glimpse into her life, exploring topics such as friendships, dating, and the pursuit of dreams with her signature wit and self-assured humor.
“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s memoir is a hilarious and candid account of her life and career, filled with personal anecdotes, advice, and witty observations that will leave readers laughing and inspired.
“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson, known as “The Bloggess,” fearlessly tackles mental health issues with an unapologetic and darkly humorous perspective. Her book offers a unique blend of wit and vulnerability, making readers laugh out loud while gaining a deeper understanding of the human condition.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple
A laugh-out-loud novel about the eccentric Bernadette Fox, this book takes readers on a wild adventure filled with satire, mystery, and an exploration of the complexities of motherhood.
“I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron, the beloved writer and filmmaker, shares her witty and honest observations on aging, relationships, and the challenges of being a woman in a society obsessed with youth.
“Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir” by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson’s memoir offers a series of uproarious and often outrageous stories from her unconventional childhood and adulthood, showcasing her irreverent humor and unique perspective on life.
“The Diary of a Provincial Lady” by E.M. Delafield
Set in 1930s England, this hilarious novel follows the trials and tribulations of a middle-class woman as she navigates domestic life, society’s expectations, and her aspirations to become a successful writer.
“Hyperbole and a Half” by Allie Brosh
A webcomic turned memoir, Allie Brosh’s book delves into her personal struggles and triumphs with mental health, using simple yet expressive drawings and side-splitting anecdotes to capture the complexity of the human experience.
“Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
Gail Honeyman’s novel introduces readers to Eleanor Oliphant, a socially awkward and endearing protagonist whose journey towards self-discovery is both poignant and funny, exploring themes of loneliness, healing, and the power of human connection.
“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae
Issa Rae, the creator and star of the hit TV series “Insecure,” shares her funny and insightful essays about growing up as an introverted black woman in America, embracing her quirks, and finding her voice.
“Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty
While primarily a suspenseful novel, Liane Moriarty infuses her story with biting humor and sharp social commentary as she explores the lives of a group of mothers in an affluent coastal town, unraveling secrets and examining the facades people present to the world.
If you’ve enjoyed any of these books, don’t keep them to yourself. Why not start a book club or at least have your book club read a funny or uplifting book every once in a while. Book Girls’ Guide has a fantastic list of suggestions of uplifting books for book clubs to get you started, which includes The Rosie Project, a book we’ve mentioned several times on Just Funny Books.