'Funny' is a personal thing
So, in part at least, I agree with Jason (there truly is a first time for everything).
I can’t recommend a “funny” book because I don’t read them. Other than a collection of Dave Barry’s columns, I doubt I’ve read anything classified as humor writing.
So while, when it comes to movies, I love the laugh-out-loud-ness of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “Anger Management,” that’s not the kind of humor I’m looking for when I’m reading.
When I think of "funny" books, it isn't for their humor of the pratfall variety.
No, wWhat comes to mind are the smiles evoked by the foibles of Bridget in “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” just about any lead character in a Jennifer Weiner novel, and, most recently, the two women in Lisa Gabriele’s “The Almost Archer Sisters.”
This is humor born of character.
It is their reaction to the curveballs life has thrown at them, their wry acceptance of a less than perfect life, their sometimes-all-you can-do-is-laugh attitudes that bring the smile to my face.
And keeps me turning the pages.
- Tricia Ambrose