Women are often stereotyped as being overly serious and not having a sense of humor. But the truth is, modern women are funny too!
Whether you’re looking for a good laugh or something to brighten your day, these 20 funny books for women of all ages will make you smile and remind you that life doesn’t always have to be so serious.
From lighthearted rom-com to hilarious autobiographies and everything in between, these funny books are sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY BY HELEN FIELDING
Bridget Jones’s Diary is a comic novel by Helen Fielding, first published in 1996.
The novel chronicles the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single woman living in London.
The book was hugely popular and widely talked about, spawning two sequels and a film adaptation starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget.
In this story, you will find a lot of funny moments and romantic ones, when Bridget is in love with her boss, but her family is willing to connect her with a divorced family friend.
The character of Bridget Jones has become something of a pop culture icon, and the phrase “Bridget Jones’s Diary” is now used to describe any funny, relatable account of a woman’s life.
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE BY MARIA SEMPLE
Bernadette Fox is notorious for her eccentricities, and when she mysteriously disappears, her family sets off on an adventurous journey to find her.
It is a hilarious and touching novel about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the complexities of modern family life. Which is perfect for your Saturday night reading time.
THE ROSIE PROJECT BY GRAEME SIMSION
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is hopeless with women.
So when he comes up with The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner, she seems like the answer to all his problems.
Except that Rosie Jarman is chaos incarnate. She’s free-spirited and outspoken – the opposite of everything he’s looking for in a wife. But as Don opens himself up to new experiences with Rosie…
The Rosie Project is a hilarious and heartwarming novel about finding love where you least expect it. Graeme Simsion’s debut novel has charmed readers all over the world, and it’s easy to see why.
Don Tillman is an unlikely hero, but his search for love is relatable and ultimately uplifting. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, this is the book for you!
THE ROSIE EFFECT BY GRAEME SIMSION
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is a hilarious and heartwarming read about a man who suddenly finds himself in the role of fatherhood.
Don Tillman, a geneticist who has trouble relating to people, embarks on a quest to find the perfect wife.
When he meets Rosie Jarman, a free-spirited artist, he finally founds his match. But when Rosie becomes pregnant with their first child, Don discovers that he may not be as prepared for fatherhood as he thought.
The Rosie Effect is an uplifting and funny read about the challenges and joys of parenthood.
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE BY GAIL HONEYMAN
In Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman has created a truly unique and unforgettable protagonist.
Eleanor is someone who seems to have been dealt a difficult hand in life, but she doesn’t let that stop her from living her life to the fullest.
Eleanor is an eccentric young woman who is content with her own company and doesn’t really fit in with the rest of society. She’s perfectly happy living in her own little world until she meets Raymond, the IT guy from her office.
Raymond is the first person to really take an interest in Eleanor and see her as more than just a quirky outcast. He starts to help her become more social and even introduces her to his friends. Slowly but surely, Eleanor starts to come out of her shell and becomes more confident in herself.
It is a heartwarming story about friendship, self-acceptance, and learning to embrace life. It’s sure to resonate with anyone who has ever felt like they didn’t quite fit in. Laugh out loud funny with these life lessons.
A MAN CALLED OVE BY FREDRIK BACKMAN
A Man Called Ove is a heartwarming tale of a curmudgeonly old man who slowly opens up and forms unlikely friendships with his neighbors.
While ostensibly a book about an old man, it contains humor and wisdom that will resonate with women of all ages.
CONFESSIONS OF A DOMESTIC FAILURE BY BUNMI LADITAN
The book is about Bunmi Laditan’s personal experiences as a domestic failure.
She candidly shares her struggles with housework, motherhood, and marriage. Although her story is funny, it is also relatable and inspiring for young age women cause it can teach us a lot.
WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES BY CAMILLE PAGAN
This is the story of a woman who was last seen in her thirties by Camille Pagan.
She was a happy and successful woman who enjoyed her life.
However, one day she suddenly disappeared without a trace. Her family and friends are left wondering what could have happened to her. Sounds like a horror story, but it is a funny story about life-changing events.
BOSSYPANTS BY TINA FEY
Tina Fey’s Bossypants is a hilarious read for women of all ages.
Fey perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of being a working woman, from managing a career and family to dealing with sexist office politics.
This book will have you laughing out loud while also providing some great insight into what it means to be a successful woman in today’s world.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS BY LAUREN WEISBERGER
Emily Charlton is back and working as an image consultant to the rich and famous.
She’s just been hired by Miriam Aarons, a former supermodel who is now a powerful entertainment lawyer. But when Miriam asks Emily to help her with a case involving a young pop star, Emily finds herself in the middle of a scandal.
With her trademark wit and sharp observations, Lauren Weisberger takes us inside the world of celebrity and exposes the ugly truths that lie beneath the surface.
“When Life Gives You Lululemons” is a funny, insightful, and completely addictive novel about friendship, motherhood, and surviving in the cutthroat world of Hollywood.
THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED BY JONAS JONASSON
It is an instant classic and one of the funniest books.
It’s the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud humor and heartwarming emotion.
The story follows Allan Karlsson, a retired explosives expert, as he embarks on a spontaneous road trip after climbing out his nursing home window.
Along the way, Allan meets a cast of delightful characters, each of whom helps him to open up about his life and come to terms with his past.
This book is sure to please readers of all ages. It’s an absolute joy from start to finish, and its message of living life to the fullest by creating your own story of life is one that will resonate with everyone.
If you’re looking for a feel-good read that will leave you smiling, be sure to pick up The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer is one of the funniest women in Hollywood, and her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, is a hilarious collection of autobiographical essays about her life and career.
From growing up in Long Island to her days as a stand-up comedian in New York City to her breakout role in the movie Trainwreck, Amy chronicles her journey with wit and humor.
Whether she’s talking about her childhood embarrassments, she failed relationships, or Hollywood sexism, Amy always keeps it real and always makes us laugh.
THE HATING GAME: A NOVEL BY SALLY THORNE
The Hating Game is a funny and heartwarming novel about the power of love and friendship.
It follows the story of two women who are forced to work together in a cutthroat environment.
While they initially hate each other, they eventually form a deep bond that changes their lives forever. This book is perfect for women of all ages who are looking for a feel-good read.
CLASS MOM BY LAURIE GELMAN
Laurie Gelman’s Class Mom is a hilarious novel about, you guessed it, being a class mom.
Jen Silver has to deal with all the drama that comes with the job, from dealing with parents to planning parties.
It’s a must-read for any woman who has ever been a class mom – or any woman who just wants to laugh.
THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA BY VASEEM KHAN
Inspector Chopra is not your typical detective. For starters, he’s a baby elephant.
When Chopra’s human parents are killed in a tragic accident, he is adopted by their friend, Inspector Ashwin Chaudhary.
The two forms an unlikely partnership as they investigate crimes in the bustling city of Mumbai.
This series is perfect for fans of lighthearted mysteries with a dash of humor. The Inspector Chopra is in our funny books list because it is sure to bring a smile to your face, even as you try to solve the crimes alongside our lovable elephant detective.
BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK BY JEN LANCASTER
From the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved books as If You Were Here and Bitter Is the New Black comes to a hilarious and heartwarming memoir about finding love, starting over, and surviving the weirdness that is life in general.
Jen Lancaster knows a thing or two about being bitter. After all, she’s spent most of her adult life single, childless, underemployed, and living in less-than-desirable Chicago neighborhoods.
So when her friends start getting married and having babies, she does what any self-respecting woman would do: She buys a gun.
But as it turns out, a handgun isn’t necessarily the answer to all of life’s problems. In fact, it may have just made things worse.
From botched robberies to angry dogs to accidental discharges, Jen chronicles her many misadventures with hilarity and grace. And along the way, she learns some valuable lessons about friendship, family, and finding love in unexpected places.
Bitter Is the New Black is funny, poignant, and acutely observant – everything we’ve come to expect from this gifted chronicler of modern life.
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
In her novel “I Feel Bad About My Neck”, Nora Ephron explores the anxieties and insecurities that come with aging as a woman.
Through humor and candor, she captures the unique challenges that women face as they get older. Whether it’s dealing with wrinkles, grey hair, or declining sex life, Ephron tackles these issues with wit and wisdom.
Her novel is a must-read for any woman who wants to laugh (and cry) her way through the ups and downs of growing older, perfect for Saturday night readings.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud funny book, then you need to check out Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh.
This collection of essays and illustrations chronicles the author’s life in hilarious detail, from her childhood antics to her struggles with mental health.
It’s a must-read for anyone who needs a good chuckle – or anyone who just needs a reminder that we’re all human and life is messy.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a hilarious and heartwarming memoir about her life growing up in rural Texas.
Lawson chronicles her bizarre and eccentric childhood with candor and wit, from dealing with her dad’s taxidermy hobby to surviving an alligator attack. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a must-read for anyone looking for a good laugh.
Ask Me What’s for Dinner One More Time by Meredith Masony
If you’re looking for a funny book that will make you laugh out loud, then look no further than Meredith Masony’s Ask Me What’s for Dinner One More Time.
In this hilarious book, Meredith chronicles her life as a busy wife and mother of three, all while trying to keep her sanity in check.
From dealing with the never-ending question of “What’s for dinner?” to coping with the daily stresses of parenting, Meredith Masony has plenty of relatable material that will have you laughing out loud.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan
The book chronicles Jessica’s journey as she tries to “do it all” and be the perfect daughter, sister, employee, and friend.
Along the way, she discovers that her anxieties are completely normal and that it’s okay to say no sometimes.
This book is the perfect pick-me-up for any woman who needs a good laugh (and a reminder that we’re all in this together).
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
In her collection of essays, Phoebe Robinson tackles the touchy (pun intended) subject of hair.
As a black woman, she’s all too familiar with the microaggressions and assumptions that come with having “good hair.”
In You Can’t Touch My Hair, Phoebe Robinson hilariously and lovingly breaks down why our hair is so important to us, and how society’s perception of it needs to change. Also she touches small details of her love for Billy Joel and U2 band music.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” is a hilarious book for women of all ages.
The book chronicles Mindy’s funny and often relatable experiences as she navigates her way through life and work.
Whether she’s trying to make new friends or deal with difficult co-workers, Mindy’s funny stories will resonate with readers of all ages.