Who’s in desperate need of a good laugh these days?
Usually, humor is subjective to everyone, which is why navigating the comedy scene in books is quite difficult. We’ve all skimmed through synopsis after synopsis looking for a generally funny read, but end up with no luck. This article is here to guide you through a set of diverse recommendations, where one will definitely suit you!
1) Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Britt-Marie, a 63-year-old recently single woman, decides to finally have a new job after working as a housewife for so many years. Obsessed with cleaning and cooking etiquettes, Britt-Marie judges people out loud when she really shouldn’t.
This one is laugh-out-loud funny since you get stuck in the mind of quite an unlikable character. You relate to every character who meets her, except for her! The comedic encounters are a constant, but there’s also a fair share of emotional moments. All round, a great book if you need a refresher.
2) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
This book is about Colin, a teenager who gets dumped by his girlfriend, Katherine. Actually, he’s been dumped by 18 Katherines in his life. One summer, he and his best friend, Hassan, go on a road trip for a change of scenery. I remember genuinely laughing at their dynamic and the weird situations that wouldn’t have occurred if Colin wasn’t so hilariously awkward.
The dialogue in the book with Hassan was incredibly funny, but Colin himself? He might be annoying or pretentious, but in my opinion, it adds to the subjectivity of humor once again. In the end, I think this is a light read that entertains comical aspects of a heartbroken, washed-up math nerd.
3) The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
I would describe this as more of a concept-driven comedy, where you follow the main character’s life (literally, in this case) and laugh out of the sheer mess that it is.
Lucy has so many things going wrong as an adult, and she just deals with it using good-old denial to avoid her problems. Deciding enough is enough, her Life sends her an invitation asking to meet her. Her Life, comically, is a man in his thirties that is irritatingly persistent. Now, Lucy has to uncover the massive web of lies of success she’s fed to her friends and family for years. This isn’t by any means a recent release, but the book gives you a particular sense of timelessness next to the great humor.
4) Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Nick (which is not his real name) is part of a witness protection program for his and his family’s safety. The humor in this book is primarily owed to him; charismatic, witty, and just immediately likable. For those who dislike random, in-your-face, and loud humor, this is worth a try for sure. The jokes are more subtle, as they’re being delivered mostly in one-liners by the main character, and he enjoys contrasting his humor with the dangerous situations around him. This book could fit nicely in a comic-book format, too.
Comedy, in general, with all its weird sub-genres, is such an interesting tool to be used (in fiction or nonfiction) to lighten the load of awkward situations or make someone instantly more attractive. Different types of humor delivery as well are great to see in literature and not just reading the same thing all over. A well-recommended comedy after ending a heavy fantasy series is a great breath of fresh air.
What about you?
What do you think? Have you ever given the comedy genre a try? Would you be open to exploring different types of humor? Share your thoughts!