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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That means cool weather, twinkly lights and exchanging presents. When it comes to gift-giving, you can never go wrong with a funny book. On this list, we’ve included some of the funniest titles of 2021. Everyone can use a good laugh, so why not give the gift of giggles to someone special this season?
She Memes Well by Quinta Brunson
Quinta Brunson knows a thing or two about being funny, and it shows in this hilarious collection of comedic moments. Famous for just being herself, she was one of the first to go viral on Instagram before it was even a thing. Her authenticity, along with her open heart and mind, really shines through the pages of this entertaining read. Never one to make fun of herself or avoid talking about her struggles, she’s just as real and relatable as she is entertaining. If you’re searching for a book that will make you or someone else laugh out loud, look no further than this one.
Penny Pinching Tips for the Morally Bankrupt by Libby Marshall
If you’re looking for a funny read that stands out from the crowd then this is the pick for you. Filled with strange and surprising stories, this book contains several random tales that will make your jaw drop. It explores the humdrum of daily life and how humor can exist amongst the monotony if only we look for it. From unexpected encounters with mountain lions to a box of baked beans being left on someone’s door, these stories are so outrageous that you couldn’t make them up, even if you tried. This book reminds us that laughter really is the best medicine.
To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne
Gracie Cooper has always had a sunny disposition, but that changes when her father dies suddenly from lung cancer. Instead of pursuing her own goals, she decides to keep her dad’s dreams alive by taking over his Midtown Manhattan champagne shop. However, things aren’t always what they seem, and Gracie is in for a rude awakening when she realizes that profits are way down. Embarrassed by the lack of success, she seeks advice from “Sir,” someone anonymous from a dating app that she can confide in. Little does she know they’ve already met, and in the real world, they don’t get along at all.
Rabbit by Patricia Williams
This autobiography is full of heart and hilarity. Told through the eyes of Patricia Williams, she chronicles what her life was like growing up during the crack epidemic in Atlanta, Georgia. As one of five kids, Pat saw her mom struggle, trying to get by with whatever she could scrape together. At the young age of fifteen, Pat was already a mother of two herself and quickly realized that she was on the road to repeating the cycle. Determined to make a change, she turned to humor and hustling, finding a way to turn her life around.
Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light by Helen Ellis
As we get older, we carry more memories, stories and tragedies. This book does a beautiful job of making the mundane seem less serious and gives the reader permission to use humor as a way to cope. When Helen and her friends begin to open up during a girls’ trip, they realize just how much they have to unload. From laughing about the aging process and all the things they do to slow it down, to breaking down what it feels like to suffer a profound loss during adulthood, this book takes a soft approach to all the things that encompass the middle-age experience and uses laughter as a way to navigate.
Subpar Parks by Amber Share
Half of the content in this book is about the beautiful national parks that are scattered all across America. The rest of the pages are filled with unexpected, hilarious reviews of the attractions. Beyond the funny things that people say, what’s even more comical is that the comments are completely unrelated to what the site has to offer. For example, one vacationer said that Bryce Canyon was “too spiky.” Filled with mind-blowing write-ups like that, you can’t help but laugh and be mesmerized at the same time.
Asking for a Friend by Andi Osho
The single scene can be brutal, no matter what age you are. These three best friends that span three different decades know as well as anyone how daunting dating can be. However, they are determined to get off of the dating apps and find love the old-fashioned way, but they need each other to make that happen. While Jemima is in her forties and trying to escape her ex, Meagan is hoping to navigate her twenties with a new boyfriend. Meanwhile, Simi is in her thirties and looking for a husband. Together, they decide to be wing women for each other, but nothing ever goes as planned.
Big Time by Jen Spyra
Funny lady Jen Spyra has collected her fair share of stories throughout the years and is ready to present them with the world. As a former contributor to the New Yorker, as well as writing for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she’s experienced plenty of comedic encounters. These pages are filled with Hollywood hilarity, true-life tales, and jaw-dropping satirical stories. Enjoyable for everyone, but perfect for the pre-millennial, Jen takes the reader back to a simpler time before social media.
Notes From the Bathroom Line by Amy Solomon
This book is all about celebrating women in comedy. More and more, women are emerging as headliners and creating room at the top. As women continue to break through the glass ceiling, there’s plenty to be celebrated, including the ladies that make us laugh out loud. This compilation includes snippets from modern-day comedians, writers, and actors, just to name a few contributors. Sometimes the funniest people are hanging out backstage, and this book brings forward some of the funny females that are lurking in the shadows.
Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson
Full of heart and soul, this essay collection by Phoebe Robinson will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. She unapologetically shares her perspective on what it feels like to be a black woman in today’s world and the ups and downs that come along with it. She talks candidly about the self-care movement, and how it’s really only achievable if you have disposable income. Personal stories about her mom will make you laugh out loud, while she shares all of the reasons why she doesn’t want to be a mom herself. If you’re looking for a hilarious, heartfelt read, look no further than this masterpiece.