40 Books That Will Make You LOL

I love to laugh. Laughter relieves stress, decreases pain, relaxes your muscles, improves your mood and protects your heart. Even just hearing laughter primes your brain and makes you ready to smile and join the fun. Studies have shown that incorporating more humor and laughter into your daily routine increases energy and enables you to stay grounded, focused and alert. 

Always looking for ways to improve my health, and have a little fun, I polled 3,000 HPB Bibliomaniacs and asked them: What books make you laugh? And without further ado, here are 40 Books That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud (LOL).


Okay, even some of those titles made me laugh. Now, I have to admit, I have never read Nora Ephron nor David Sedaris, but I believe I’m about to start. I also must admit, I have been giving The Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy to friends and relatives ever since I read it my freshman year of college. I mean, that series tells you the answer to life, the universe and everything, and teaches you how to fly. Who wouldn’t want to read that?

What about you? What book made you laugh out loud? — Julie

7 thoughts on “40 Books That Will Make You LOL

  1. I always get a kick out of reading Dave Barry's 'Big Trouble'. The movie adaptation was only so-so, but the book has just the right balance of dark humor and great storytelling.

  2. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud, books I've ever read. It's particularly funny if you grew up in the late 50's because her experiences are something to which we can relate. A very funny and enjoyable read. I've read her other books which I didn't find to be nearly as funny but this one is a "must read".

  3. Glad to see you included John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces." One of my favorites, and one of the only books that has truly made me laugh out loud….

  4. Laurie Notaro is hilarious, She has several books out, and a novel which I haven't read yet, but I highly recommend her.

  5. How about the hilarious circular conversations in Catch-22?

    Also, Furiusly Happy by Jenny Lawson would be a great addition to the list.

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