Books that put a smile on your face

In Miscellaneous on August 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

This month in our libraries we have put together a promotion of good reads, guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! You know those sorts of books that have you doubled over in stitches when you are reading them on the bus. So much so that you start attracting strange looks! But who cares…

Some of our top books that we recommend for laughs are:

Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Good Omen’s

Agnes Nutters prophesy that the world will end on Saturday is hilarious

Christopher Moore, Lamb, The Gospel according to Biff, Christs Childhood Pal

David Sedari Me Talk Pretty One Day

David Sedaris moved from New York to Paris where he attempted to learn French. His teacher, a sadist, declared that every day spent with him was like giving birth the Caesarean way! These hilarious essays were inspired by that move.

Christopher Moore,  You Suck

Being undead sucks. Literally. Just ask C. Thomas Flood. Waking up after a fantastic night unlike anything he’s ever experienced, he discovers that his girlfriend, Jody, is a vampire. And surprise! Now he’s one, too.

Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair

Literary detective, Thursday Next is pursuing the world’s most evil man, who has kidnapped Jane Eyre in a display of literary vandalism. She must also assist her time-travelling father, marry the man she loves and discover the truth about bananas.

John Grogan, Marley and Me

Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat

Chuck Plahaniuk, Choke

From the author of the internationally bestselling ‘Fight Club’, this is a powerful and hilarious novel about love and strife between mothers and sons, the addictive power of sex, and the terrors of ageing.

JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

PG Wodehouse Carry On Jeeves

From the moment Jeeves glides into Bertie Wooster’s life and provides him with a magical hangover cure, Bertie wonders how he ever managed without him. Jeeves makes himself totally indispensable, getting Bertie out of all sorts of scrapes.

Sue Townsend The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 

Teenager Adrian writes candidly about his parents’ marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and ‘misunderstood intellectual’. His painfully honest diary makes hilarious and compelling reading.

Lynne Truss Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

Michael MacIntyre, My Life Laughing

Packed with gags about his upbringing

We want to know what books have you laughing out loud. Please drop us a line and let us know



  1. Also – if you like things a bit more girly – anything from the Shopaholic series (Sophie Kinsella) will have you guffawing with the best of them!

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