TOP 5 FRIDAY: Funny Books

on April 19, 2013 in I heart books., TOP 5 FRIDAY with 3 comments by

TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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In a week laden with heaviness, I just wanted to share a few books that have kept me in stitches over the last few years. Maybe that’s just what your weekend needs? Some time in the sun, a large glass of lemonade, and a hilarious escape from normal life for a bit.

In random order [except Tina Fey is by far the funniest], here are some of my favorite funny books!

tina is funny like whoa

1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

If you haven’t read this Tiny Fey autobiography, please please do it now. The Kindle version is super cheap – like 99¢ – so that’s awesome. This book will have you absolutely LOLing. Really. I’ve read it multiple times and I laugh again and again.

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Ashley. Hilarious.

2.What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck

When I think about Christian fiction novels that I have read, the Ashley Stockingdale series are the ones that I found to be absolutely hilarious. She’s not one of those characters who does dumb stuff and then spends the whole book getting out of messes [I do not think those books are funny personally]. She just plain has a funny life. And compared to other books of this genre, she definitely is the cleanest while still being knock-you-0ver hilarious. [Y’all know I’m kinda prude-ish in my entertainment, so I prefer cleaner comedy. It’s my life. I’m okay with it. 🙂]

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Bryan is funny.

3. Actually, Clams Are Miserable by Bryan Allain

Bryan is hysterical and this book is a super easy read just for funsies. I think it is a great gift for men and, dare I say, a great book to stick in your guest bathroom. [Gross, Downs. Gross.] I read this book on a plane and LOLed in front of God and the stewardesses and everybody. I like it.

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Oh Mel. You did it.

4. Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle

This is the funniest read of the bunch that also has the most heart. I love Melanie’s writing and this book is just so much of a good thing. I cracked up and cried in the same chapter multiple times. It’s incredible. And perfectly humorous.

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I wanna be friends with you, Mindy.

5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I read this book before The Mindy Project started showing on television, and now I want to read it again because that show? It’s funny. The book is great too. She’s just an incredible writer and tells stories so well. I have rarely laughed as hard reading as I did with this one.

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I know. I know. I left off a ton of amazingly hilarious reads. I asked people on twitter yesterday what their favorite funny read was, so if you trust people who reply on twitter, check out the list they composed.


What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read?  


  1. posted on Apr 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM  |  reply

    THANK YOU for these tips! I needed them!
    P.S I Love You is the funniest AND the sadest book I’ve ever read.

  2. Kim
    posted on Apr 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM  |  reply

    Just added Sparkly Green Earrings to my “read this with my sister” list! I’m hearing about this one everywhere. OK, actually I’m embarrassed to admit the last funny book I read, but I will. My husband and I read “Farts: A Spotter’s Guide” inside a Paper Source boutique, and I pushed every single button in the book to my husband’s horror. So that book was hilarious.

  3. Kassy
    posted on Aug 09, 2013 at 11:08 PM  |  reply

    Most hilarious book: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by the Blogess Jenny Lawson!

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