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?

VeremyJyle Mon 22-Jul-13 20:12:00

Try Marsha Mellow and Me by Maria Beaumont, I read it years ago and I still remember LOLLing grin

joanofarchitrave Mon 22-Jul-13 20:13:51

I have a friend who adores Jasper Fforde for lolz (stone faced myself).

Tim Moore.

Three Men In A Boat?

NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 22-Jul-13 20:15:50

Scruffy by Paul Gallico
Three men in a Boat

geogteach Mon 22-Jul-13 20:19:08

The Rosie Project

cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 20:22:44

Bill Bryson
Spike Milligan's war diary's
Early Stephanie Plum books
Carl Hiaasen

yournotfat Mon 22-Jul-13 20:24:02

Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum series.

BikeRunSki Mon 22-Jul-13 20:25:34

Anything by Tom Sharpe

LowLevelWhinging Mon 22-Jul-13 20:26:28

oh this is goooood, thank you!

I've just realised I have a Jasper Fford book on my kindle, downloaded after a recommendation on here. It's called, Shades of Grey and every time I see it I go all shock and outraged - WHO HAS DOWNLOADED SOFT PO - oh it's not that one! grin

LowLevelWhinging Mon 22-Jul-13 20:28:04

I also bought a Christopher Brookmyre book after MN recommendation and, whilst it's not strictly a funny book, there is a scene involving a jobby on a mantelpiece which made me LOL grin

EugenesAxe Mon 22-Jul-13 20:33:56

Yes to Three Men In a Boat. Also severe hysterics from My Family And Other Animals.

Adrian Mole still gets me, as do the Bridget Jones pair.

superbagpuss Mon 22-Jul-13 20:35:28

is it jasper fforde or another fforde who wrote the Thursday next books? they were very funny

terry pratchett makes me laugh

emmelinelucas Mon 22-Jul-13 20:37:12

EF Benson - especially Mapp and Lucia

LetUsPrey Mon 22-Jul-13 20:42:50

Another vote for Bill Bryson, Janet Evanovich and Jasper Fforde - Fforde's Thursday Next and Nursery Crimes books rather than Shades of Grey. Shades of Grey is good but I don't recall it being particularly laugh out loud funny.

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy was a MN recommendation. I got some very funny looks around the pool when I read it on holiday a couple of years ago grin

Backpaw Mon 22-Jul-13 20:44:31

Confederacy of Dunces. I was howling on the tube and got scowled at!

Douglas Adams (esp. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency) and the Red Dwarf books always make me shake with laughter (embarrassing on a train) blush

JollyHolidayGiant Mon 22-Jul-13 20:48:40

I like Jasper Fforde and Pratchett too.

But Robert Rankin's Brentford Trilogy are the best for making me actually laugh out loud. I think there are seven so far.

cocolepew Mon 22-Jul-13 20:59:32

Read MN classics, they crack me up grin

Rebelrebel Mon 22-Jul-13 21:05:15

I do exactly the same with Shades of Grey and my Kindle, OP, nearly every time I switch it on! I do like it, and his Dragonslayer books.

HerBigChance Mon 22-Jul-13 21:15:59

The Wimbledon Poisoner, Nigel Williams.

I like Jasper Fforde and Robert Rankin too, I've recently read Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant on my kindle (think it was on one of their 'deal of the day' promotion) which had me laughing a lot!

ParkerTheThief Mon 22-Jul-13 21:46:29

Dickens. I only discovered him as an adult and parts of it make me laugh out loud.

YY Terry Pratchett, particularly Men At Arms.

bigbuttons Mon 22-Jul-13 21:49:14

The only author that has ever made me laugh out loud is Bill Bryson. I remember reading one of his whilst holding my sleeping newborn and shaking so much with laughter that I woke him up!

Phineyj Mon 22-Jul-13 21:57:46

Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm
David Nobbs - The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
Most of Marina Lewycka's books especially A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and We are All Made of Glue (not the most recent though)
Joseph Heller - Catch 22 (mind you, I read it as a teenager - I don't know if I'd find it funny now)
Malcolm Bradbury - Rates of Exchange
Tom Sharpe - Wilt on High - there is one particular scene that made me howl with laughter
Jane Gardam - The Queen of the Tambourine (in a 'train wreck' kind of way)
Also my mate Mandy has just published this, which is v. funny:

Phineyj Mon 22-Jul-13 22:08:56

David Lloyd - Deaf Sentence.

Phineyj Mon 22-Jul-13 22:09:28

David Lloyd? Hmm, I think my subconscious is hot and wants to go swimming. David Lodge.

Phineyj Mon 22-Jul-13 22:10:16

Ooh! Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City. Enjoyable, funny and very compatible with lack of time/short attention span as written in short chunks (originally it was a newspaper column).

EugenesAxe Mon 22-Jul-13 23:49:38

Parker - yes! You are right. I just read Martin Chuzzlewit and found that incredibly droll; I definitely did LOL.

I forgot Terry Pratchett (I find you have to know what he's taking the piss out of, but hilarious if you do. My favourite was a book opening that parodied The War of the Worlds: 'No one would have believed, in the last years of the Century of the Fruitbat...'); I will add the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series that I also forgot.

highlandcoo Tue 23-Jul-13 08:35:24

Yy to Three Men in a Boat.

Another old classic : Diary of a Nobody. A must for anyone who hasn't discovered it yet.

And I know Kingsley Amis was a misogynistic old fart but the scene in Lucky Jim when he realises what he's done to the bedroom makes me laugh just thinking about it. Must reread soon.

bruffin Tue 23-Jul-13 08:50:05

Derec Longdens autobiographies he sadly died last month

EstelleGetty Tue 23-Jul-13 08:54:51

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh had me struggling to contain myself on the bus!

And John Waters' essay collection Role Models is cracking me up right now.

LottieJenkins Tue 23-Jul-13 08:59:38

Oh no! I didn't realise Derec Longden had died.............sad He was soooooooooo funny! Such an amazing man too. Marrying Eileen after Diana died. I loved the cat in the fridge story!

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

A Spot of Bother - Mark Haddon.

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

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.

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

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

Yy Lucky Jim. Hilarious.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

Try this one ..

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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.

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.

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

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