At the end of the day we read for fun, sometimes we may want to cry, sometimes we want to hear an uplifting story, and sometimes we want to laugh. 

1. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Sedaris writes stories from his life as a middle-class family but his quick-witted voice is shown through each journey through his past a fun ride. He constantly expresses the same fears and desires that we would have if we were in his state, so we laugh and sympathize.

2. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

A fictional Air Force group tries to maintain their sanity while fighting in World War 2. This satirical masterpiece builds the jokes as the story progresses through the changing point of view explaining giving different perspectives on each situation.

3. (Slaughterhouse-Five?) Kurt Vonnegut

4. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

After rewatching Parks and Recreation for tenth time or old Saturday Night Live videos, you can’t help but want to hang out with the star Amy Poehler. Her charm shows in these performances which is continued in her collection. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the comedy star, these stories from her life are humourous and informative.

5. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The story of Arthur Dent bumbling his way through the galaxy is juxtaposed with Ford Perfect’s apparent knowledge of the cosmos. He is a journalist who writing the guide that the Adams’ novel takes its name.  

6. Egghead by Bo Burnham

Burnham shows his intelligence and social criticisms throughout his stand-up. His humor translates well to the written word: he mixes poetry, thoughts, and illustrations to continue his thoughtful but humorous meditations on life.

7. Lamb by Christopher moore

8. Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me? (And other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Kaling was one of the main writers and stars of The Office and her own show The Mindy Project, so she is already a proven humorous writer. Her thoughts on relationships, fame, and everyday life show are on display along with her strong personality.

9. I Am American and so Can You by Stephen Colbert

Bill O’Reily satirist Stephen Colbert shows you how to live the life of a true American. No-one can sum it up as Colbert does when he says: “

10. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Although this a collection of essays and some may make you think or feel, Wallace’s voice in his writing is always humorous, especially in the titular essay.


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