The best books for a hearty laugh

Bethany Crandell Author Of See Jane Snap
By Bethany Crandell

Who am I?

I love to laugh. Quite often it’s at inappropriate times or at someone else’s expense, but either way, it’s a huge part of who I am. Second only to prayer, I find laughter to be the best remedy for a difficult situation. It’s hard to be sad when you’re laughing, and as a writer who puts characters into very challenging positions, that’s always at the forefront of my mind. While readers may not always relate to the exact circumstance my characters are in, they may very well find common ground in the levity they seek when trying to survive it.

I wrote...

See Jane Snap

By Bethany Crandell,

Book cover of See Jane Snap

What is my book about?

Handsome, successful husband. Adorable daughter. Chairmanship on the PTA. Security for her ailing mom. Jane’s got everything life has to offer. Including the lie that could destroy it all.

See Jane Snap is a laugh-out-loud story of a woman who’s committed to faking it ‘til she makes it…or loses her mind trying.

The books I picked & why

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The Bachelorette Party

By Karen McCullah Lutz,

Book cover of The Bachelorette Party

Why this book?

This book has all my very favorite things: irreverent humor, wedding drama, crass women in action (think Bridesmaids), and some hot and spicy lovin’ with a very sexy young man. (Relax, he’s legal…but just barely). Considering this author co-wrote two of my favorite movies: 10 Things I Hate About You, and Legally Blonde, it’s no surprise that this book tops my list. 

Dial A for Aunties

By Jesse Q. Sutanto,

Book cover of Dial A for Aunties

Why this book?

Sutanto nails the chaos/fun/frustration of family dynamics in this fast-paced read! The razor-sharp wit of the aunties coupled with the hysterical ‘accidental murder’ plotline had me cackling out loud. There’s also a gem of a love story in here, too, but the Aunties definitely steal the show. So freakin’ funny!

Finlay Donovan is Killing It

By Elle Cosimano,

Book cover of Finlay Donovan is Killing It

Why this book?

A catastrophic misunderstanding inside a Panera leads to one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time! Finlay—the kind of mom who tapes her kid’s hair back into place after she has a fight with the scissors—is a hysterical narrator. Watching her bumble her way through a crime was an absolute delight! **Bonus: There’s some sexy stuff, too! Janet Evanovich readers will devour this series!!

Go the F*ck to Sleep

By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortés (illustrator),

Book cover of Go the F*ck to Sleep

Why this book?

I was (thankfully) long past the “putting kids to bed” stage of life when I first read this book, but you don’t have to be in the depths of sleep-deprived hell to enjoy it! This book is 100% irreverent which makes it 100% perfect! It will provide just the right amount of levity to any frustrated parent/sitter who can’t understand why that beautiful, crying child in front of them won’t go to sleep already! Disclaimer: If you don’t appreciate a good F-bomb, don’t read this book. The title says it all.

Fools Rush in

By Kristan Higgins,

Book cover of Fools Rush in

Why this book?

This book was Higgins’ debut and holy moly does it deliver! It’s endearing but not in a sappy way, sweet but not to the point of annoyance, swoony but not in a “I need Lava Soap" way, and most importantly it’s laugh-out-loud funny! Just like her many other books since, her characters are perfectly flawed with makes them beyond relatable and oh-so addictive! A great book to get to know this author!

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