I’d consider it a confession, but y’all probably already know this: I don’t read funny books. In fact, I’m not even all that into comedy as a genre. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be a bit of a stretch for me, but I’m including books I’ve seen recommended in addition to books I’ve already read myself. Doing that, I still didn’t get to 10. I tried. If you’d wanted me to make you sad, angry, indignant or lusty…I’d have had your back, though.
1.) If at Birth You Don’t Succeed, by Zach Anner: I reviewed this book last month, and had a number of laugh out loud moments while reading. Zach is a hilarious, smart, and personable by profession, making this book a great read for people interested in comedic memoirs. It’s also a good read for people who are uncomfortable addressing disabilities (differently abled people, if you’re more comfortable with that phraseology). Read my review of Zach’s book here. If you follow me on Goodreads, Zach’s mother also commented on the review, and had very insightful things to say.
2.) Hyperbole & a Half, by Allie Brosh: Not a book– well, not originally. Hyperbole and a Half is difficult to explain. Part web comic, part blog, and now apparently part book, it’s a simplistic look at awkward situations in day to day life that oftentimes also deals with ADHD and synesthesia as well. Look, if you know the meme “CLEAN ALL THE THINGS,” you know Hyperbole and a Half.
3.) Go the F*ck to Sleep, written by Adam Mansbach but read by Samuel L. Jackson: This is GOLDEN. If you’ve ever read “Goodnight Moon,” but wished there was more colorful language, this is for you. Please don’t read this to your child… but please read it after you’ve put them to bed. Samuel L. Jackson’s narration only adds to the experience.
4.) Oreo, by Fran Ross: I’ve never read this book, but boy do I want to. Published in 1974, it’s Ross’ only book. Written about relations between the African American and Jewish communities, it follows a character appropriately named Oreo. That doesn’t strike me as something that’s obviously funny, does it? I’m picky when it comes to my satire, but I’ll gobble up good feminist satire like ham on Christmas. This one seems to have stood the test of time, so I’m down for a read. I’m hoping to recommend it for our book club in a few months. We’ll see if I can sway the masses over to my side.
5.) Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari: How many times am I going to talk about this book before reading it? I don’t know, and I won’t accept your ridicule. I had to put it on the list, though, because it’s going to be the next audiobook I read at work!
6.) Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, by Aisha Tyler: I don’t know how I feel about Aisha Tyler, to be quite honest. I hate most daytime talk shows, so her being on The Talk isn’t helpful. I’m also not as familiar with her stand up as I am with other black comedians, which is my fault. But being a woman in comedy (especially a 40+ year old black woman) isn’t easy, and I’ve seen some great reviews for this book.
This last one isn’t a recommendation, but might be my anti-recommendation? I’d just like to leave you with this problematic title and cover, because my dislike of Chelsea Handler knows no bounds. And because of course we need more people perpetuating stereotypes of Africa as one big safari.