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.
“The man behind the bar told us the things were called Green Swizzles; and, if ever I marry and have a son, Green Swizzle Wooster is the name that will go down on the register…”
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Gail’s Entirely Biased Funny Books List
YA & Middle Grade
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
- Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C.Wrede
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (read review in this post)
- Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
- My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
- (read review in this post)
- Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
- Laughing Gas by PG Wodehouse (read review in this post)
- Ridiculous by D. L. Carter (read Gail’s review)
- Rule Breaker by Lily Morton
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (read review in this post)
- Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
- The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
Feel free to comment with other offerings but…
- Please don’t repeat an author already mentioned.
- 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.
- No humorists essay/memoir types.
- 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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Coop de Book pick for September 2019! Still Waters by Alex Gabriel, about a nix and a hunter, enemies who must band together to stop a monster and protect something they never thought they would have… a home. They may even learn to like each other along the way. There’s one sex scene but this is more fairy tale fantasy than romance, eerie without being dark, and a little bit wonderful.
However, it’s not funny. Sorry…
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