Funny Ha Ha?

Today’s Booking Through Thursday looks short and sweet but is actually really, really hard. “What is the funniest book you have read recently?” And do you know what I am really having to wrack my brain as it sounds easy but thinking back it really isn’t. I suppose it all really depends on what you classify as funny. 

I suppose books that make me laugh out loud (generally on the tube when it suddenly for a rare moment goes silent) tend to be quite dry. For example Hotel du Lac in parts really made me giggle at the narrator, and therefore the authors, dry witty statements and observations of types of people. I don’t like it to be cruel, just very observational. Nancy Mitford is a prime example of an author who can make me laugh out loud, and sometimes for hours with dry, sometimes brittle, humour both in ‘The Pursuit of Love’ and in some of the anthologies of her letters. 

If we are going on ‘funny ha, ha’ then I am a bit stumped I would say autobiographies by comedians are always good for a laugh. Last year I read both Dawn French and Alan Carr’s books and they did give me the wonderful pre-Christmas giggles on the tube. Alan Carr’s humour particularly translates straight from his head to page, whereas Dawn French’s was a much better book overall though both were funny. 

It’s looking like actually I don’t read anything funny. In fact probably the last time I read something out loud was when I was reading my cousins some childrens books and I think I was enjoying them more than they were.

I clearly need inspiration for some more funny reads, in fact I think its best I simply beg you all to comment and leave me your recommendations of a really funny read (no joke books – too obvious) as I do like them now and again but it’s a style of book that I tend to forget, apart from at Christmas when you see all those novelty books here there and everywhere which I have to say don’t do it for me. Oh actually two did last year, I shall pop pictures of the one that really, really made me laugh. Though you might think ill of me, ha!

Grandmas Dead: Breaking Bad News With Baby Animals

Grandma's Dead: Breaking Bad News With Baby Animals

Honestly it made me laugh and laugh in fact books like ‘My Cat Hates You’ and ‘Pet’s With Tourette’s’ do make me giggle in book shops but I wouldnt normally buy them. The above though was bought for me by a friend who thought it was ‘very me’! But what else that isn’t novelty is out there? What funny fiction is out there, or very funny memoirs. Ooh Silly Savidge Reads I have just finished a very funny memoir that is on the blog tomorrow…  I shall leave you in suspense.

In the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations as I think we could all do with a nice hearty laugh now and again. So do divulge…


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31 responses to “Funny Ha Ha?

  1. You’ve captured the problem of ‘funny’ being in the eyes of the reader.

    You’ll find mine here

  2. Simon, I’m reading Julie & Julia at the moment and it’s made me laugh a number of times already. 😀

    Another book that I remember being funny was Q & A by Vikas Swarup (on which the movie Slumdog Millionaire was loosely based upon). If you’ve seen the film, don’t worry, the books is way lighter and funnier than the heavy and dramatic movie. They’re worlds apart.

    • I am on the hunt for a copy of Julie & Julia as it sounds absolutely brilliant in terms of plot/premise anyways now I want to read it even more knowing its funny too!

      Q&A still isnt appealling to me, neither is Slumdog Millionaire.

  3. Dot

    I said Alan Carr’s autobiography too! I struggled with this question but I have just noticed Calire’c omment about Julie & Julia, I have heard so many good things about that book and the film looks great too so I may give it a try!

  4. My funniest book recently is a semi-autobigraphy called Rainbow Troop, it was an indonesian book

  5. Claire’s right: Julie & Julia has some very amusing moments.

    Henrietta’s War also made me laugh some at the weekend.

    I don’t read many funny books myself and prefer the dry wit of observation and satire. Hotel du Lac amused me in parts but The Group earlier in the week had some very funny satire.

    Mort by Terry Pratchett is by far the funniest novel I have read this year and it made a huge impression on me. People shy from Pratchett because his novels are fantasy but he is an amazing satirist and his humour is genius.

    I love the look of the Grandma’s Dead book. It looks like the type of book my boyfriend and I would love looking through together as we guffaw jointly at lolcats every few days.

    • Julie and Julia is now a MUST read no question, I am going to have to get my mitts on a copy asap. Henrietta’s war is another book I have on my wishlist at the moment.

      I havent ever tried Pratchett and I am not sure why, I do have one of his but have yet to be tempted enough to read it!

  6. I think I am rather a drab person who doesn’t read anything funny!

    Booking through funny bones

  7. I guessed I would see lots of David Sedaris on this meme, although I’ve never read him. Everyone that has, though, say they laugh out loud!

    Just recently, I listened to an audio called “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell, about the Puritans that came over to the new world after the Mayflower. Funny as hell!

    My personal solution for a good belly laugh is the Stephanie Plum series (Janet Evanovich). It is really kinda of a girl thing, so this is probably not what you would turn to, but I have never had so much fun as when I’m reading one of these books.

    • Do you know what I could have mentioned him, however so far after only having read Me Talk Pretty One Day I can’t say i find him that funny. I laughed very hard and loud once… but that was it. A few chuckles but nothing more. I may try more of his though.

      I may have to try a Stephanie Plum book now just to see!

  8. I was surprised to find that my ‘funny’ books have all been audios!

  9. Oh I forgot about Grandma’s Dead, that is truly hilarious! Love this BTT!!

  10. If you’re looking for something funny, try my pick.

    Here is my response.

    It is the funniest thing I’ve read all year!

    • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips I actually own! How bizzare, I shall definately read it soon, maybe in between the Man Booker madness! I bought this for my mother as she is a Classisist and she loved it! I then got a signed copy for £1 in a charity shop – hoorah I do own some funny fiction!

  11. Hi!
    You should try the book I read that’s funny. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  12. Hands down, it’s “Stuff that White People Like” for me. I get a kick out of it from time to time. But previously I have been laughing out loud at David Sedaris’s books.

  13. I love the picture on the cover of that book 😉

    I will definitely have to read Julie and Julia!

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  15. I’ve started to read Me Cheeta and already it is one of the funniest books I have ever read, next to Pratchett. I love satire.

    • Oh that sounds promising! I am going to probably start it after I finish The Childrens Book (maybe tomorrow) and before I start Wolf Hall as they are pretty weighty serious tomes… bizarrely Me Cheeta popped through my letter box today.

  16. Can’t resist, though I’m late – anything by Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity, Slam, A Long Way Down). I also laughed while reading The Abstinence Teacher, Nick Perrota. That’s more of a black humour though.

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