Books

Top 10 Funniest Novels Ever Written

Finding funny novels is very, very hard. Every publisher describes any book with even a single joke as "funny," and being funny in print is much more difficult than being funny on film where you have sight gags and timing to aid you. That's why when we find a genuinely hilarious book, we share it with as many people as possible in hopes that the author will make so much money they'll keep it up. It's just too rare a commodity to let go to waste.

Below are the ten funniest novels we've come across. If you know one we missed, please tell us in the comments, as we'd love to find some more!

10. There's a (Slight) Chance I Might be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro

Notaro's books of humorous essays should be required college reading for any creative writing course. If nothing else, to help show you all you have to look forward to in your career as a professional writer. Her first novel, a fictionalized account of her move to the Pacific Northwest and trying to fit in, isn't quite as side-splitting as her nonfiction, but it's worth the read just for the scene where she joins a gothic book club expecting Mary Shelley and gets Practical Magick. Yes, magick with a "k."

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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