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Last Updated on January 22, 2023 by Jella Erhard

Funny Books for Adults

Are you looking for some of the funniest books for adults to take your mind off things? Then you’re in luck! Because we gathered for you some of the most hilarious and weird-in-a-good-way books ever written.

Here you will find everything from funny short stories, cookbooks, memoirs, comic books, sci-fi and fantasy novels to science books.

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1| Jack Handey – What I’d Say to the Martians: And Other Veiled Threats

Jack Handey’s name is not new for comedy lovers. He became one of America’s favorite humorists, from New Yorker pieces to his Deep Thoughts books and Saturday Night Live sketches. His sometimes exhausting and sarcastic humor is not for everyone but if you like your comedy with a little weird sprinkled on it then you’ll find yourself laughing through his creative book filled with wacky musings. If you have random, weird thoughts then you just found what you should feed them with.

2| Christopher Moore – A Dirty Job

Christopher Moore is possibly the most popular comedy fiction writer of our generation and for a good reason. His books never fail to make you laugh while his weird stories always make you want to read more of his books. ‘A dirty job’ is possibly his weirdest and funniest book so far.

The story is about a normal guy who lives in San Fransisco and runs a second-hand shop. He’s expecting his first child with his beautiful wife but people suddenly start to drop dead wherever he goes. Soon he gets the news that he was recruited for a new position: Death.

Would like to mention that this book definitely falls under the ‘FUNNY BOOK FOR ADULTS‘ category which by I mean that it contains a lot of adult stuff; violence, vulgar language, feral sexuality. But also hilarious, deeply touching, meaningful, and of course weird thoughts. You should put this book on the top of your funny books – to read list.

3| Thug Kitchen – Eat Like You Give a F*ck (The Official Cookbook)

If you’re having troubles eating healthier or switching to the vegan diet this book will definitely help you. Thug kitchen makes everything about Vegan shopping and cooking simple and comical. This foul-mouthed and often hilarious book will quickly make you want to fill your tummy with healthy, nutritious food.

This book is packed with plenty of curse words, more than a hundred recipes and easy to follow guides on how to make your food from scratch. Cookbooks are rarely funny books which just gives us another reason to love Thug Kitchen’s masterpiece.

4| John Layman – Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s Choice

Ahhh… Chew is the funniest, weirdest, and most amazing detective comic book ever. The lead character is Tony Chu, a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats.

Which makes him also an excellent detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out who did it, and why. The story is heart pounding, sometimes yucky, and the illustration is engaging. So if you’re looking for a weird comic book then look no further.

5| Mary Roach – Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Hilarity and human cadavers; That’s what you get with this book. Mary Roach has an engaging style and excellent skills for storytelling. And boy, the human cadavers have many stories worth telling, plenty of them that will make your stomach turn, and oodles of that will make you laugh. One thing is for sure you will learn a lot from every single one of them.

6| Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Addams’ classic sci-fi just had to be on the list. It’s hard to find a funnier, weirder or a more entertaining book than this.

What’s the story? It’s all very simple, really… Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin their journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Douglas Adams’ ironic wit is like a calling for weirdos all around the universe.

7| Adam Mansbach – Go the F*ck to Sleep

The title really speaks for itself. This book with its smutty and hilarious style -which is not really for your offspring- but for the grownups will entertain you to sleep. You can find a version which is narrated by the one and only Samuel L. Jackson to make the experience even more enjoyable. This book is smart, funny, and the art, (by Ricardo Cortés) is sweet and genuine.

8| Edgar Allan Poe – How to Write a Blackwood Article

Poe is famous for his dark poetry and scary stories but he was also an incredibly witty writer with a well developed dark sense of humor and ‘How to write a Blackwood article’ is the perfect example to that. It’s a quick read but every second sentence will make you laugh. It’s a hilarious satire that should be on every weirdo’s list. This Poe short story definitely deserves to be on the shelves with the rest of the funny books.

9| Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Everyone’s favorite comedic-fantasy novel. Mine too and yours will be as well. Worth mentioning that the tv show (created by Neil Gaiman) is coming out this year (2108) and the two leads will be none else than David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The plot focuses primarily on the attempts of Heaven and Hell to bring about the Apocalypse and the efforts of two characters – an angel named Aziraphale and a demon named Crowley – to prevent these attempts.

Aziraphale and Crowley both lived too long on earth and grew quite fond of us humans and our flawed little planet so they decide to change the baby who is the son of Satan (a.k.a the Antichrist) with another, normal baby to hinder the role Satan’s son was meant to play in bringing about the Apocalypse. This, of course, doesn’t solve the problem but starts an incredibly ridiculous and hilarious journey for them and for all of us.

10| Randall Munroe – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

This book has some pretty hilarious question some you might even have thought about yourself and while the answers are based on serious science you don’t have to worry because they’re not only interesting but simple enough to understand even if you have zero scientific background. What kind of questions are we talking about? I’m glad you asked; What if everyone only had one soulmate? How dangerous is it, really, to be in a swimming pool in a thunderstorm?

11| Jenny Lawson – Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

The second book of Jenny Lawson.  Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? While this may sound like a terrible pairing this book will make you laugh and cry like no other before. You can check out our interview and more details about her work: Interview with Jenny Lawson.

12| Tina Fey – Bossypants

Tina Fey is undoubtedly a comedic genius and her honest and witty biography is another proof of that. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy. Believe me, just grab this book and you’ll be lizzing – laughing and urinating ( or whizzing) in no time.

13| Mindy Kaling – Why Not Me?

If you liked her first book you’re going to love her second! This book is even funnier and her stories about contentment and excitement in her adult life are relatable despite the fact that she lives a gravely different life than what an ordinary human does.

Her witty, honest, and self-deprecating tone is still there while she addresses absurd beauty standards women are held to but she also talks about success, getting drunk in college, and why filming sex scenes is “the tits” and all the celebrities who say it’s awful are lying. It’s a fast and hilarious read.

14| Felicia Day – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

The queen of geeks has written pretty much the ‘geek girl bible’.  It’s a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. But it’s not all cat videos and kidding around this book is a deeply emotional memoir that any geeky, weird person can relate to.

“Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world because anything is possible now —even for a digital misfit.”

What are the funniest or weirdest books you’ve ever read?

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