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Funny Books: A Guide for the Bored

Updated on November 30, 2012

What is this list about?

Hey, a list! And on the internet! I could be starting something big....

That's my way of apologizing for yet another list, but after some not-so-fruitful searches for my kind of humorous books on the web, I decided to create a hub for anybody else who likes the same kind of humor I do.

What kind of humor is that? Well, looking over this list, I would have to say, in a word, British. There are plenty of American authors as well, but overall I like it dry, witty, a bit dark but not soul crushingly so, quirky but not tooth-achingly arch, and above all, well-written. If that sounds like your cup of tea (see what I did there...British...cup of tea...) Oh well, I said I liked reading it, not writing it.

This is a personal list, and I make no apologies if my tastes are not yours. Humor preferences are a very personal thing, so we may like different things. Also, for this list I have concentrated mostly on fiction or fictionalized works. I have not included political columnists, writings by television personalities, or internet pieces. There is only one direct parody, although one way or another there is plenty of satire.

This list is in neither chronological order or alphabetical, nor is it arranged by how much I liked a particular work. I think this will increase the chance of the reader finding something they haven't read yet or wouldn't have thought of before.

Nice Work David Lodge

Decline and Fall Evelyn Waugh

Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons

Short Stories (almost all good but if you want one collection try The Chronicles of Clovis) Saki (H.H.Munro)

Good Omens Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Naked David Sedaris

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash Jean Shepherd

To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis

Please Don't Eat the Daisies Jean Kerr

Whales on Stilts M.T. Anderson

Diary of a Nobody George and Weedon Grossmith

The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens

Blood Sucking Fiends Christopher Moore

Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson

Wilt Tom Sharpe

The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath

Lake Wobegon Days Garrison Keillor

Bored of the Rings Harvard Lampoon Staff (Henry Beard and Doug Kenney)

1066 And All That W.C. Sellars and R. J. Yeatman

The Diary of Adrian Mole Age 131/2 Sue Townsend

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