Books that actually made you LOL? Maybe not strictly Adult Fiction I know...

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LowLevelWhinging Mon 22-Jul-13 20:08:37

I'm currently exhausting David Sedaris' opus and I'm going to be so sad when I've finished them!

After having a baby and doing a uni course, I've found it really difficult to find the time/inclination to get stuck into a book and have ditched many. Sedaris' books have got me back into reading as they're just funny and charming, interesting and intelligent. And of course made me LOL many a time.

Any suggestions of what to read next please?

Louise1956 Fri 16-Aug-13 14:33:46

Books that have made me laugh out loud include:

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. jerome
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady by Florence King
the General Danced at Dawn by George Macdonald Fraser
Molesworth by Geoffrey Wilans and Ronald Searle
Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
1066 And All That by W.C. sellar and R.J. yeatman

HopeClearwater Thu 08-Aug-13 20:38:19

Another vote for Lucky Jim
Another for The Wimbledon Poisoner, and one for Fortysomething, also by Nigel Williams.

Clawdy Wed 07-Aug-13 17:09:54

Another one here for Diary of a Nobody. It's hilarious...Mr Pooter is a Victorian David Brent! Can't believe it was written so long ago.

Paul Howard's Ross O'Carroll Kelly books.

V specific - Irish rugger bugger culture - but some lol moments (the scene where he goes home with a woman and realises she only fake tanned the arm that showed in her one armed top is a classic)

The 100 year old man .... Book made me really laugh

merrymonsters Tue 06-Aug-13 17:57:28

P.G. Wodehouse's books make me laugh out loud.

HoikyPoiky Fri 02-Aug-13 23:39:27

The Wee Free Men by Terry Prachett (and related books). They are brilliant.
Good Omens by Terry Prachett
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Bill Bryson is funny.

awaynboilyurheid Fri 02-Aug-13 22:29:11

good characters in the Stephanie plum books that can make you laugh out loud.

millersangels Thu 01-Aug-13 19:31:58

Lets pretend it never happened by Jenny Lawson had me weeping with laughter at my desk one day.

ThursdayLast Thu 01-Aug-13 15:43:44

Oh yes, and I agree with early Stephanie Plum books too..I haven't bothered past 13.

ThursdayLast Thu 01-Aug-13 15:42:52

You can probably gues from my username that I'm a Fforde fan! But also wanted to recommend Christopher Moore...he's like an American version of JF, with strange ideas that are so well written you accept them without question. I started with 'A Dirty Job' and loved it.
Also, if you like dark humour and Christopher Brookmyre is up your street I cannot recommend Colin Bateman highly enough! The Dan Starky series is a little dated now, but if you wanted to try him, Mystery Man is more current. For some reason they started marketing him as just Bateman a few years ago...terribly poncey, his books are better than that implies!

spex11 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:57:46

..ooops, I meant 'laugh out loud'!

spex11 Wed 24-Jul-13 12:55:52

Try this one ..
www.amazon.co.uk/Mission-Mongolia-Two-Turning-Back/dp/1849530599/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

...some genuine 'loud out loud' moments!

Frikonastick Wed 24-Jul-13 05:44:29

Lisa Lutz's the Spellman Files series is very very funny.
Christopher Brookmyre is funny and anarchic especially pandemonium
The early Stephanie plums are fabulous. Although I still happily read the later ones.
And Jim butcher is quite funny too, if you like fantasy.

Primadonnagirl Tue 23-Jul-13 21:26:31

Just finished Where d'you go Bernadette and The Supremes at Earls All you Can eat...posted about them before brilliantly clever and funny

bigbuttons Tue 23-Jul-13 21:25:02

I found 'a spot of bother' to be one of the most tedious and depressing books i have read!

redacted Tue 23-Jul-13 21:20:12

Three Men in a Boat is absolute genius.

Also PG Wodehouse - especially the Jeeves and Wooster ones, e.g. 'Right Ho Jeeves'

I love all the Rumpole of the Bailey stories but may be funnier if you are a lawyer or know any

Terry Pratchett is wonderful, although my favourite of his - Night Watch - isn't really a laugh out loud one, I don't think. Another vote for Jasper Fforde, and I'll throw in Ben Aaronovitch with his Rivers of London books too.

Actually, the last book that had me literally crying with laughter was Jon Holmes' Rock Star Babylon. The story of Ozzy Osbourne filming the video of Miracle Man, complete with church, altar, and 1,000 pigs had me doubled over and gasping for breath.

Hamwidge Tue 23-Jul-13 10:33:27

Yy to Bill Bryson. Do check you pick a light hearted one as some are more serious than others (A Short History.. etc)

Galaxymum Tue 23-Jul-13 10:10:59

There are some great suggestions in this thread - I read Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series a few years ago and now feeling very tempted to reread them. I just read a Catherine Alliott book A Rural Affair and felt so cheered by having a giggle in the sunshine as I read, I'm now considering some different authors for a good read. I've never read Bill Bryson so going to check out his books.

I really enjoyed Clare Balding's book - I had a a good laugh at her observations.

A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott made me laugh out loud at her observations of country life.

SparkyTGD Tue 23-Jul-13 09:37:27

Was going to say Marina Lewycka too Cremola, "A Short History of Tractors.." funniest I think, Two Caravans bit more serious.

CelticPromise Tue 23-Jul-13 09:34:14

Yy Lucky Jim. Hilarious.

Cremolafoam Tue 23-Jul-13 09:12:34

I'm reading 'Capital' by John Lanchester which is a beautifully observed book about the residents of one street in London. I've been snorting out loud rather a lot. Well written and vair funny/ bittersweet .

Any of the marina lewycka books make me lol
Lewycka here

bruffin Tue 23-Jul-13 09:07:07

Lottie
I only found out when i googled his name for this thread sad .I can never remember how to spell his name [embarrassed]. His books are so funny yet so sad as well. For some reason the long legged cat really tickled me and I cried with laughter.

bigTillyMint Tue 23-Jul-13 09:02:20

A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon.

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