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45+ of The Funniest Books You’ve Ever Read

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Dan vs. Nature by Don Calame.

dan vs natureFrom screenwriter Don Calame comes another outrageously funny and raunchy tale of teen boys whose plans go awry — this time, on a survivalist camping trip.

Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her “two favorite men” on a survivalist camping trip to “bond.” Determined to trick Hank into showing his true — flawed — colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy germaphobe best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn’t counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide—not to mention the humiliating injuries Dan suffers in the course of terrorizing his stepdad-to-be. With a man-hungry bear on their trail, no supplies, and a lot of unpleasant itching going on, can Dan see his plan through now that his very survival depends on Hank?


We asked you to share your favorite laugh-out-loud, spit-out-your-drink funny reads, and you responded. If you’re in the mood for a funny read, here are over 45 Riot Reader favorites!

Anything by Bill Bryson

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by by Louise Rennison

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Bossypants by Tiny Fey

Candy Girl by Diablo Cody

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Egghead by Bo Burnham

Emma Who Saved My Life by Wilton Barnhardt

Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Fruit by Brian Francis

Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

I Heart My Little A-Holes by Karen Alpert

The Internet is a Playground by David Thorne

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

John Dies at the End by David Wong

The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Match Me if You Can by Susan Elizabeth Philips

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney

The New Guy by Amy Spalding

One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

The Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro

Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore

The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

Three Cheers for Me by Donald Jack

Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

The Well-Tempered Clavicle by Piers Anthony

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart