5 Funny Books By Women To Read This Semester

As we all know, women are categorically not funny. However, the age of PC-mania is upon us, and therefore women have continued to insist on shouting their jokes into the void at the expense of the rest of the population, or as it is sometimes known, writing funny books.

Anyway, here are the five top void-screamings for if you absolutely must deal with such things. Oh, and even though this list advertises five books, some of the items include two books by the same author. Man up and deal with it.


  1. Both of Samantha Irby’s books: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

You might know Samantha Irby from her prolific blog, bitches gotta eat. While her sense of humor isn’t for everyone (it’s relatively graphic), those who are right for her will find her hilarious and even relatable. Both books are collections of essays that range from humor to cultural observation to truly personal stories. Irby is a real gem who has been around for a while, but has recently risen to prominence, so make sure to read her if only to stay #relevant.

  1. Nora Ephron’s I Remember Nothing and I Feel Bad About My Neck

Guys. Nora Ephron’s essays are like a punch in the gut. I consider these two collections to be classics. Ephron’s characteristic style of humor makes me come back to her writing all the time. She makes you laugh, cry, and consider your own mortality without skipping a beat. Read these.


  1. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

I have a confession: I haven’t finished this book yet. I am currently listening to the audiobook, but I’m ready to recommend it already because it’s that good. Like the other books on this list, it isn’t exclusively humorous and in fact deals with a few really serious topics, but it still has an impressive sense of fun. Especially within the mental-health-memoir genre, Jenny Lawson is a unique and fascinating voice.

  1. Mindy Kaling’s books, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Why Not Me?

These speak for themselves. I was surprised that I liked Mindy Kaling’s books as much as I did, but I would recommend them to pretty much anyone. These work well as audiobooks especially if you don’t mind passerby seeing you randomly burst into laughter.

  1. Supermutant Magic Academy by Alice Oseman

Jillian Tamaki’s work is actually a graphic novel, though it fits into this list well because of its wonderful strangeness and brevity. Try this one if you’re looking for something to read in one sitting that will stay with you long after that time is done.