How many of you have typed the letters L-O-L while maintaining a ridiculously straight face? Yup, we’re all guilty of it. Well, now it’s time to actually laugh out loud. There’s nothing quite like reading the words of a good humorist to get your real-life laugh track going. Whether they’re filled with quirky short stories or amusing personal essays, these 15 funny books are guaranteed to make you LOL (and maybe even ROFL) in no time.
1. Yes Please ($20): If we’ve learned anything by watching her imitate Hillary Clinton on SNL or talk nonstop about waffles on Parks and Rec, it’s that Amy Poehler knows her comedy. This book technically hasn’t been released yet, but there’s never been a better book to pre-order!
2. Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood ($8): This book is probably funny because of how relatable it is. From online dating to Craigslist apartment hunting, there’s something in it for all of us.
3. Not That Kind Of Girl ($21): Exciting news for Girls fans: the writer, producer and star of HBO’s hit series has a book coming out in September! Nicknamed the voice of our generation, Lena Dunham shares her quirky collection of personal essays, and if the book’s anything like her show, it’s going to be a very wild read.
4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) ($12): Mindy Kaling excels at all kinds of writing, whether it’s for her sitcom, her ah-mazing Twitter account or this hilarious book filled with “awkward rise to fame” stories. You’d better get started on this one now; there’s another in the works!
5. Much Ado About Nothing ($6): What?! Shakespeare, you say? Actually, yes. This book is filled with misunderstandings and hijinks, two perfect ingredients for a funny play.
6. Sh*t My Dad Says ($13): With Father’s Day in the near past, you may have reminisced on all the crazy things your father has ever said or done. Well, here’s a collection of memories from the hilarious Justin Halpern.
7. Bossypants ($9): We all know and love Tina Fey from her time on SNL and 30 Rock, but what was her life like before all of that? Here’s a humor-filled way to find out.
8. Everything Is Perfect When You’re A Liar ($12): We can’t get over the tear-inducing laugh fest that is Kelly Oxford’s Twitter feed. This hysterical, bestselling book is a must-read when you need a good laugh.
9. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim ($16): This comedic collection of essays is just one of many David Sedaris New York Times best sellers. If you’re seeking a witty account of a seemingly normal childhood, look no further than this writer, who just might be the greatest humorist of our time.
10. Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States ($8): Nope, you don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this one. This book is full of chuckles; just check out the chapter titles, which include “Kicking Some British Butt!”
11. Seriously… I’m Kidding ($15): Rule of thumb — if Ellen has anything to do with it, it’s hilarious.
12. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories ($16): Since B.J. Novak’s days on The Office, not only has he written this quirky collection of short stories, but he’s also written a picture book and starred in films such as Saving Mr. Banks and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Well done, Ryan Howard.
13. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman ($9): We can’t wait to get our hands on this entertaining book on growing older. Guys, it’s Nora Ephron, the brilliant creator of so many romantic comedies, like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally,
14. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays ($5): Here’s more proof that the classics can elicit just as many laughs as the newbs. This’ll probably be one of the wittiest plays you’ll ever read.
What’s your favorite giggle-inducing book? Let us know in the comments below!