Being college students, we read a lot (or are assigned to at least). But what we often times read is the furthest thing from funny. While the work of authors like Karl Marx, James Joyce, and Voltaire are killing it in the academic world, as comedic content it is painfully lacking. Unlike scholarly books where we laugh while reading as a coping mechanism to try and combat misery, these 5 books listed below are sure to make you laugh out of pure enjoyment.
1.Yes Please –Amy Poehler
This book is packed with the very comedic skills that made us fall in love with Amy Poehler in the first place. Yes Please delivers a smart and witty collection of stories, lists, poetry, and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend” and “Talk To Yourself Like You’re Ninety”, this book is destined to make you laugh.
Memorable Quote: “However if you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can just say, ‘I’m just crying at how wrong you are.’”
2. Bossypants –Tina Fey
A personal favorite, Tina Fey’s Bossypants keeps you laughing for the first sentence to the last. From her one-sided college romance to her viciously hilarious hate mail, Tina Fey tells the story of how she survived awkward girlhood and forced her way to the top of what is usually a man’s profession.
Memorable Quote: “Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You” was constantly on my FM Walkman radio around that time. I think that made me cry because I associated it with absolutely no one.”
3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) –Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s bestseller takes us through a tour of her life and all of the observations she’s made about love, friendship, and Hollywood along the way. “Mindy Kaling really is just a girl next door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.”
Memorable Quote: “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”
4. Modern Romance: An Investigation –Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Modern Romance: An Investigation is a funny and thought provoking exploration about the pleasures and perils of our new romantic world. Adding to his comedic insight, Aziz Ansari teams up with world leading social scientists to try and understand how we play the dating game.
Memorable Quote: “I see people my age…getting married to people they’ve known for like a year and a half. A year and a half? Is that enough time to get to know someone to know you want to spend the REST of your life with them? I’ve head sweaters for a year and a half and I was like, ‘what the f*** was I doing with this sweater?’”
5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl –Jesse Andrews
While all of the books listed above are the stories of some of our favorite celebrities told by our favorite celebrities, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is something much different. Much like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Jesse Andrew’s fictional book tells a story surrounding a sick girl (note ‘dying girl” in title). While the matter of the novel is serious and depressing, the actual content is quite the opposite. Another personal favorite, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is fiercely honest and really is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.
Memorable Quote: “I entered Excessive Modesty Mode. Nothing is stupider and more ineffective than Excessive Modesty Mode. It is a mode in which you show that you’re modest by arguing with someone who is trying to compliment you. Essentially, you are going our of your way to try to convince someone that you’re a jerk.”