The best humor books to make you laugh out loud

Who am I?

I’m a humor writer and stand-up comedian. I spend much of my time trying to get my comedy into the shortest form possible so it can “go viral,” but I’d rather work on projects that have space to breathe, like books. I don’t think enough people appreciate how funny books can be. Often, humor seems like the purview of more visual mediums. However, while books are quieter than TV shows and live performances, they have just as much capacity for humor. When a book truly makes me laugh out loud, I want to tell everyone. And the following five books do.


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I'm More Dateable Than a Plate of Refried Beans: And Other Romantic Observations

By Ginny Hogan,

Book cover of I'm More Dateable Than a Plate of Refried Beans: And Other Romantic Observations

What is my book about?

Through hilarious, absurd-yet-relatable short stories, quizzes, over-think pieces, and more, Hogan details every stage of a modern relationship—from meeting on an app to becoming official, to breaking up or getting married, to being single. Find out how to successfully ignore any and all red flags. Take a quiz to see if that anxiety attack you're having means you're in a new relationship or if it's that cold brew you just chugged. Read chilling tales about the unfortunate few who actually did lose their phones (they didn't mean to ghost you, they promise).

Begging to be shared with friends or sat next to your phone full of Tinder notifications, I'm More Dateable than a Plate Of Refried Beans is the ultimate humor book for anyone who is dating or has ever dated.

The books I picked & why

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Love Voltaire Us Apart: A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships

By Julia Edelman,

Book cover of Love Voltaire Us Apart: A Philosopher's Guide to Relationships

Why this book?

I’m a big philosophy fan, but I also appreciate anything that can poke fun at the great philosophers. I’m also generally a bit of a romantic disaster, and this book manages to weave together philosophical insight, wit, and dating advice (good or not) to create a thoroughly entertaining read. Most importantly, you’ll feel very smart reading it.


Everything Is an Emergency: An Ocd Story in Words & Pictures

By Jason Adam Katzenstein,

Book cover of Everything Is an Emergency: An Ocd Story in Words & Pictures

Why this book?

Katzenstein cleverly uses cartoons to take us into the brain of someone with OCD. This book is laugh-out-loud funny, but also highly educational. I love this book because it uses cartoons to present another way of understanding each other – in its drawings, it’s deeply empathetic. While I don’t have OCD, I do struggle with the feeling that words alone are not enough to convey to others what’s going on inside my brain, and this book made me feel less alone.


You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

By Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar,

Book cover of You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

Why this book?

This book covers a serious subject matter with levity and warmth. Ruffin and Lamar take the reader on a tour of racist incidents in their lives. While the severity is clear, it’s also clear they want the reader to learn. I found the book eye-opening and insightful, and I’d recommend it to anyone.


Spoiled Brats

By Simon Rich,

Book cover of Spoiled Brats

Why this book?

Spoiled Brats feels like the all-encompassing humor book about millennials. There’s no avocado-related stone Rich leaves unturned in his quest to mock his generation. As a millennial, I felt very seen by this book, but it also made me felt-conscious about all my participation trophies. I mean, I earned those trophies, didn’t I?


Be Pregnant: An Illustrated Companion for Moms-To-Be

By Eugenia Viti,

Book cover of Be Pregnant: An Illustrated Companion for Moms-To-Be

Why this book?

I’ve never been pregnant before, but Viti’s book is one of the few things I’ve ever read that makes the idea seem appealing. Not because she sugarcoats the rougher parts, but because I now know that if I do get pregnant, I’ll have this hilarious book to keep me company. I’ve shared this book with all my friends who have ever been pregnant, and they agreed that it was a wholly original take on the endeavor. 


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