A Completely Biased List of Funny Books that Make Me LAUGH! (Gail Carriger Recommends Humor & Comedy)

I am often on panels at events having to do with writing comedy and humor (I even teach a class on the subject). Because it comes up a lot and I always want to laugh, I have decided to provide a list here of some of my favorites. In the cases where the author in question writes lots of funny stuff I have chosen my particular favorite or the first in a series, whichever seems best. 

This list is part of the FAQ series of things I get asked about a lot so it will remain as a resource and be updated regularly.

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~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Gail’s Entirely Biased Funny Books List

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Feel free to comment with other offerings but…

  1. Please don’t repeat an author already mentioned.
  2. Please don’t recommend a fiction book that isn’t primarily funny. (There are plenty of books that have humor IN THEM, but also get dark, violent, and rape-y. I don’t like that.) Remember my taste leans towards gentle, romantic and fun.
  3. No humorists essay/memoir types.
  4. Please respect the general tenor of my own books and think in terms of what those kinds of readers would enjoy.

As always, your care, courtesy, and polite thoughtfulness is appreciated.

“‘There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, “Do trousers matter?”’
‘The mood will pass, sir.’”

~  P. G. Wodehouse, Very Good, Jeeves

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Yours (destined to be killed by a tumbling TBR pile),

Miss Gail


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4 Responses

  1. Isla Lee Matheson said:

    I don’t know if you count this as author as an essayist, BUT, I think Erma Bombecks books are quite humorous. I love “The grass is always greener over the Septic Tank”, although I will admit it is a bit dated.

    Cheaper by the Dozen by the Galbraiths is good too, but that really does fit into the Memoir category.

  2. Magdalena said:

    I enjoyed ‘Good Omens’. It was written by both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is about as light hearted and cheeky as the apocalypse gets. I haven’t read other Pratchett works so it will be interesting to get more familiar with his work.

  3. Kat said:

    Bartimaeus Cycle! Hilarious fantasy series about demons and magicians. Any fan of the above books will love this.

  4. Amy Gordon said:

    Me. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I have this love of books that are about books. This book is a modern fairy tale about a bookstore with a mysterious, secret society.

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