Read For Fun: Books can make you wonder and take you to wonderland as well, metaphorically. But, there are very few books that can make you giggle. It is not easy to make someone giggle or smile, more so just by reading. In this article, we are going to read about just that – the 10 funniest books of all time.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time - The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The narrative follows the life and misadventures of Arthur Dent, the last surviving man, following the destruction of Earth by a Vogon constructor navy to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Dent is saved by a human-like alien writer for electronic travel guide the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, named Ford Prefect, by hitchhiking onto a passing by Vogon spacecraft. Dent along with Ford explores the galaxy and came across Trillian, another man taken from Earth.

Straight Man – Richard Russo

Straight Man – Richard Russo
Straight Man – Richard Russo

William Henry Devereaux Jr. is the unlikely chairman of West Central Pennsylvania University’s English Department. Over the time of a single complicated week, he intimidates to execute a duck, gets to know that his secretary is a better fiction writer than him, has his nose cut by a feminist poet, confronts his brother who is the one-time king of American Literary Theory, and suspects her wife of having an illicit affair with his dean.

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

10 Funniest Books of All Time - Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
10 Funniest Books of All Time – Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

Catch 22 is set in Italy during the Second World War. It is the story of Yossarian, a malingering bombardier who is fuming because thousands of people who he doesn’t know are trying to kill him. But the nigger issue is his army, which keeps escalating the number of missions. Yet, if Yossarian tries to escape he will be considered sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and prefers to say whatever comes to her mind. Her weekends are quite fixed with phone chats with her mother, pizza, and vodka. But her timetable changes when she meets Raymond, the profoundly unhygienic IT guy from Eleanor’s office. When they save Sammy an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three of them rescue each other from the world of isolation.

The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse

Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time - The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse
Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time – The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse

The Code of Woosters features Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves.  This book is a classic blend of Bertie, Jeeves and his formidable Aunt Dahlia in a plot to steal an 18th-century cow creamer during an occasion of a weekend party at an English country home. Even if this is not the best, it is one of the most hilarious mixes of Bertie and Jeeves.

Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne

Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne

Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy deals with the theme of acceptance of impotence. It recalls the story of the main character’s life, starting with the time of his interrupted conception. His parents were almost unsuccessful to conceive him when his mom abruptly asks if his father had remembered to wind the clock.

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

10 Funniest Books of All Time - A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
10 Funniest Books of All Time – A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

Ignatius J Reilly is an educated but a lazy 30-year-old man who is living at his mother’s place in the Uptown neighbourhood of early 1960s New Orleans. Reily on his journey to get employed go through several adventures with colourful French Quarter characters. 

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

High Fidelity is the story of Rob and Laura who recently broke up. Rob believes he got his single life back, he can do whatever he wants, listens to whatever music he likes, looks at girls he likes, he behaves in a way that shows that Laura does not matter to him. But soon he realizes that he has not moved on from her and begins to question himself about love and life.

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time - Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Read For Fun: 10 Funniest Books of All Time – Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

Cold Comfort Farm is a humorous portrayal of British rural life during the 1930s. Flora Poste who is an orphan move in with her relatives staying in the countryside – the gloomy Starkadders. She becomes entangled in a web of emotions, scheming, and despair until she manages to set everything right.

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

Wilde did an amazing job in portraying Victorian morals through a comedy. The importance of this play and the women of this play lies just in the name “Earnest”. Cecily and Gwendolen are in love with two men who they know are Earnest but their real names are Jack and Algernon. The play will revolve around the importance of fake names and words which says a lot about Victorian society.

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