15 Hilariously Funny Book Club Books for Women

Searching for hilarious, quirky, and relatable books to shake up your your girls only book club? Our 15 funny book club books are perfect for modern women, stressed out moms, and anyone in need of a laugh!

funny book club books for women

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I don’t know about you, but I know sometimes I need to step away from life and just laugh.

Don’t get me wrong, dramas, historical fiction, and mysteries have their place. But when my kids don’t nap, my home is a mess, or the world goes to shit, I don’t want to think too hard. After a rough day, I want to crack open a bottle of sauv blanc, sit on my couch, and dive into something that lifts the weight off my shoulders. Don’t you?

These 15 funny book club books, specifically picked out for women, should do the trick!

If you’re a parent, you’ll love reading about the New York attorney turned stay at home mom, the middle-aged class mom of a kindergartner, or Ashely Keller, the hot-mess new mom in Confessions of a Domestic Failure.

Or maybe you’re eyeing something less maternal. Enjoy a hilarious adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the heartwarming story of a cranky old man who hates people, and a few comedic autobiographies.

These hilariously funny book club books are perfect for when you need a light laugh or for your (probably virtual) get together. Crack open the wine and find your next title below.

15 Funny Book Club Books for Women

funny book club books Where'd You Go Barnadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go Bernadette is one of those spit your sip of wine out funny books, perfect for a night of book club laughs.

15-year-old Bee Branch’s parents, software genius, Elgin, and former architect, Bernadette, promise their daughter a cruise to Antarctica. Bernadette though, is on the brink of disaster.

After a feud with a neighbor and a school fundraiser gone wrong, Bernadette disappears. Bee, determined to get everyone on board – literally – with her cruise, picks up her mother’s trail. She weaves together emails, school memos, and conversations with her Bernadette’s Indian assistant, Manjula.

Will Bee and her father find Bernadette? Is she absolutely insane of just sane enough? One of my absolute favorite funny book club books, Bernadette speaks to the bit of crazy in all of us.

More funny books by Maria Semple:

funny book club books The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I don’t think there’s a book I’ve recommended more as a librarian than The Rosie Project. Simsion’s novel is a perfect balance of quirkiness and humor.

Single, obsessive compulsive genetics professor, Don Tillman decides it’s time to find a wife. His plan – The Wife Project – is to eliminate undesirable candidates through a simple questionnaire.

Rosie is on a quest of her own, to find her birth father. When she asks Don for help, the two are drawn to one another, though are clearly a terrible match on paper. Rosie challenges Don’s obsessive habits and encourages him to be spontaneous. Can these two actually be a match?

The Rosie Project is an intelligent, yet sweet romantic comedy with protagonists who are clearly awkward misfits, yet winners in their own ways.

The Rosie Effect, sequel to the Rosie Project

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Just when you thought Simsion and his beloved Don and Rosie couldn’t get any funnier, Rosie’s pregnant! In typical Don Tillman research fashion, he goes about trying to learn how to be the perfect father. Not without getting himself into legal trouble, of course.

Fortunately for Don, his best friend Gene has recently left his own wife and is moving in with Don and Rosie. What could go wrong in this lovable sequal?

More funny books in Simsion’s Rosie Project series:

funny book club books  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

We all know an Eleanor. Socially awkward. Hasn’t cut her hair since she was thirteen. Does crossword puzzles during lunch. Weekends are bookended with bottles of vodka and phone conversations with her mother. Her coworkers think she’s socially underdeveloped and she thinks them idiots.

Eleanor doesn’t know that life should be anything more than fine. But a chance encounter Eleanor and Raymond, a coworker, have with an elderly man who collapses on the street changes everything.

As clues to Eleanor’s sad, troubled past surface, her newfound friendship with Raymond drives her break from isolation.

But wait, this doesn’t sound funny…

Admittedly, I receive many comments that readers didn’t quite find Eleanor hilarious. To me, funny book club books can (and should) include the quirky and relatable side of humor, too.

Eleanor is quirky, awkward, and weird. But she charms the hearts of readers and rakes in more than a couple of laughs.

funny book club books A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a miserable, curmudgeon of an old man. At 59 years old, Ove is a widower who’s tried (and failed) to kill himself multiple times. His neighbors call him the bitter neighbor from hell.

But, one morning, his chatty new neighbors accidentally run over Ove’s mailbox, and he, unfortunately, has to talk to them. And apparently teach them how to drive. What follows a comical tale of human values, community, and friendship.

A Man Called Ove speaks to what it means to not just live, but be alive. Humor mixed with genuine human emotion will have you crying one moment and laughing the next. Guys, I hugged this one when I was done.

More funny book club books by Fredrik Backman:

funny book club books Confessions of a Domestic Failure

Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

Ashley Keller is a career woman turned stay at home hot-mess mommy to eight month old Aubrey. Emily Walker keeps a pinterest-worthy home and runs a successful mommy blog and media empire.

When Ashley snags a spot in Emily’s Motherhood Better Bootcamp, she sees a chance to improve as a mother and homemaker. Ashely attempts to navigate her way through crafts, mommy groups, and makeovers.

But hot mess mom is a title harder to abandon than she realizes. But she’s about to change in a way the Motherhood Better Bootcamp could never have prepared her for.

One of the best funny book club books for moms, this speaks to the pressures of millennial parenting – and living. However, this title will resonate with anyone who owns a cell phone or has an Instagram account. Or anyone who has ever felt or laughed at the need to be perfect.

More funny books by Bunmi Laditan:

funny book club books Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

One of the original comedic book club books, Bridget Jones’s Diary is laugh out loud funny. Through her journal entries, we follow Bridget Jones, a single thirty-something living in London.

Loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, Bridget is smitten for her boss, but her parents have their sights on Mark Darcy, a divorced family friend. The web gets pretty tangled.

Alongside her romantic flops, laugh along with weight loss journey, career advancements, family and friends, and, most importantly, finding love.

Full of modern, romantic humor (even 20 years later) Bridget Jones’s Diary marks the beginning of the chick-lit movement.

More funny books by Helen Fielding:

funny book club books Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties by Camille Pagan

Maggie Harris is happily married with two healthy children. Anxious by nature, she has a couple of not always rational fears, like identity theft and falling air-conditioners.

The least of her worries is finding herself single at thirty three. But when her husbands walks out on her, Maggie comes face to face with her biggest fear – herself.

After years of caring for everyone but herself, Maggie embarks on a trip to Rome, begins a new career, and even enters into a new relationship. But when disaster strikes – again – what will Maggie risk to maintain her new sense of self. And avoid a nervous breakdown?

More funny book club books by Camille Pagan:

Tina Fey's Bossypants

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey tells her own story. Not just the story of Saturday Night Live and Liz Lemon, but her story.

Through biographical essays, Fey delivers magazine style parodies of her beauty regimen, college romance, and her “me time” as a new parent (ha!). All in jest, of course, this provides a unique angle into how this comedienne came to be.

funny book club books When. Life Gives You Lululemons

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Emily Charlton, a la The Devil Wears Prada, returns post Miranda Priestly. A somewhat successful consultant herself, Emily lands in Greenwich CT with the job of relaunching former model Karolina.

Karolina finds herself in hot water after her Senator husband’s very public indiscretion and her own arrest for drunk driving. Her only friend is Miriam, a New York attorney turned stay at home mom.

Together they’ll navigate this new territory…the suburbs.

More funny book club books by Lauren Weisberger:

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Alan Karlsson’s had an eventful life. He turns 100 in just a day and his nursing home is planning a big celebration…though he’d prefer that there be more vodka.

He’s in perfect health and isn’t all that interested in celebrating. So Alan escapes out the window and embarks on a hilarious and surprising journey, complete with a suitcase full of money and an elephant.

Alternating with his adventures are flashbacks from his wildly fantastic past. Alan befriended Harry Truman, helped make the atom bomb, dined with Charles de Gaulle, and became a spy. Perhaps the nursing home was just too uneventful for him.

More funny book club books by Jonas Jonasson:

funny book club books The Hating Game

The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

Lucy and Joshua don’t dislike each other. They despise one another. Hate. Detest.

They display their true feeling for one another through a series of passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from one another as assistants to the co-CEOs of a publishing company. As they are each up for the same promotion, tensions mount…and could cost them each a dream job.

Equally witty and sexy, this rom-com is a girl’s night book club must read!

More funny book club books by Sally Thorne:

funny book club books Class Mom

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

Jen Dixon is a mom of two college age daughters but she’s about to embark on a whole new adventure: becoming her kindergartner’s class mom.

Her alternative methods though, such as tracking responses from parents for help, don’t go over well. With a cast of characters, including a Real-Housewife in training, a sexy teacher, and an over sensitive mama, the job becomes more than Jen bargained for.

Highlighting the struggles of raising kids and the pressure to be perfect Class Mom offers a dose of humor and reality we need as parents.

More funny books by Laurie Gelman:

funny book club books The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Inspector Chopra retires and inherits two cases. One of a drowned boy (not funny) and the other of of a baby elephant (hilarious). Since no one else seems to take the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death seriously, Inspector Chopra will.

Khan mirrors the seriousness of police work with the randomness of a stubborn elephant. Part detective work, part struggle with stepping into retirement, and part superstar elephant, this one is unexpected (intentional!) and charming.

More funny books by Vaseem Khan:

funny book club books Bitter is the New Black

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster

Imagine going from six figured to broke… When you go from having it all to having nothing, sometimes all you can do is laugh.

Lancaster brings us her smart-mouthed, soul-searching, hilarious memoir of discovering her perfect life wasn’t exactly all it was cracked up to be. With funny but real life lessons and unmatchable wit, Bitter is the New Black is a must for anyone navigating middle age.

More funny book club books by Jen Lancaster:

More Funny Book Club Books Recommended by Blog Readers

Find even more funny book club books as recommended by you guys, our amazing readers!

I love hearing what you’re reading and discovering new, laugh out loud funny titles that keep my mood light. Though I haven’t read all of what’s been suggested just yet, quite a few have made it to my TBR.

I’m looking forward to reading about Jack, who’s grounded for life and stuck helping his neighbor with chores, and Lacey, who publicly calls her husband out for his indiscretions.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flag

Flagg’s novel chronicles the life of her main character growing up in Mississippi, from her father’s unsuccessful schemes and inventions, to her dreams of competing in the Miss America pageant. 

Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman

April is a school teacher used to quiet evenings alone. Her world is about to be turned upside down by Bernice, a designer label loving talk show host who happens to be April’s biological mother who’s set out to become the best mother she can be…36 year later.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Young Jack’s plans for an epic family vacation are shot down when he’s grounded for life. Adventure ensues, however, when Jack’s mom enlists him to help his neighbor with chores.

Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen

A boy spends his summer with his aunt and uncle, where he gets involved in all sorts of escapades with his cousin. Heartwarming and funny, Paulsen’s books is perfect for children and adults alike.

A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

Kimmel takes is back to rural Indiana in her witty memoir, full of heartwarming memories, quirky neighbors, and small town observations.

And One Last Thing… by Molly Harper

After being humiliated by her husband’s indiscretions, Lacey adds some extra material to his company newsletter. Her plan goes awry, however, when she becomes the town joke and center of a defamation lawsuit.


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Are you looking for funny book club books for your next meeting? Which would you snag?

Are you a traditional chick-lit or rom-com reader or are you into the weird, quirky, and witty? Have you read any of the titles on this list? Which ones did you love? Anything you’d add? Let us know your favorites in the comments.

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48 Comments

  1. November 11, 2019 / 7:59 pm

    I loved The Rosie Project too! It was so good. Also loved Tina’s book and The Hating Game. The 100 year old man sounds so good. All of these books sound great. Many I’ve been meaning to read. So many great books to read! I could definitely use something funny so thank you for this list!

    • Tori
      Author
      November 14, 2019 / 12:37 am

      Ah, I love Rosie Project, if you couldn’t tell from the post! I feel like I realized when putting this together that there’s different types of humor – like 100 year old man and the Hating Game are so wildly different but both so funny. Yeah, sometimes you just need something more lighthearted, right?!

    • Marissa Gonzales
      June 2, 2020 / 3:07 pm

      I use to love to read books. I’m older now n reading makes m sleepy . maybe I’ll try a funny book n see what it does. Thank u very much

  2. Michelle Walsh
    December 12, 2019 / 12:18 am

    “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Larson! I needed tissues because I was LAUGHING so hard. Surprised it’s not already on your list…

    • Noni
      December 13, 2019 / 8:47 pm

      Oh my goodness yes . As well as her other book furiously happy ? I cried with laughter . Also hyperbole and a half by Allie brosh hilarious !! It’s so hard to find genuinely hilarious books .

      • Tori
        Author
        December 22, 2019 / 1:00 pm

        Great suggestions! It is hard to find genuinely funny books. So many try TOO hard!

    • Tori
      Author
      December 22, 2019 / 12:59 pm

      I haven’t read that one but I’ve heard it’s funny! I’ll have to get on it and add it to the list!

  3. Noni
    December 13, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    I loved all of Jenny lawsons books , laughted hysterically. As well as Allie brosh hyperbole and a half , all of the books by Jonas jonasson are brilliantly written and funny . I tried reading the Rosie project and just became annoyed by it . Not my sense of humour I guess

    • Astrid
      December 21, 2019 / 1:14 pm

      I think that the people who do not like The Rosie Project do nor realise, when they start reading, that people with autism or Asperger can really be like that.
      I myself have read this book already three times, because to me it’s hilarious an also hart warming.

      • Tori
        Author
        December 22, 2019 / 1:03 pm

        I’ve heard those parallels drawn before – I always find it interesting that Simpsion never claims Don’s on the spectrum but it’s widely talked about as so. I’ve worked with a lot of teens and YA on the spectrum and I definitely do think the author approached the topic respectfully and with class, but still showcasing their nuances and subtle outspokenness!

    • Tori
      Author
      December 22, 2019 / 1:01 pm

      Rosie Project is definitely different. It’s more awkward and quirky than some of the other traditionally funny ones.

  4. December 15, 2019 / 9:00 am

    Great list! Funny books are so hard to find. I also love Lisa Lutz’ Spellman Files series for a laugh.

    • Ellen
      May 29, 2020 / 11:56 am

      Great series!??

      • Tori
        Author
        May 30, 2020 / 10:42 pm

        Thanks so much!

  5. Sandy Unger
    January 19, 2020 / 7:40 pm

    Jen Lancaster’s Bitter is the New Black is an autobiography, but hilarious! Thanks for the list, it is hard to find funny books.

    • Tori
      Author
      January 24, 2020 / 4:24 pm

      I’ll have to add that one to my TBR list! I love updating these posts too with new suggestions. Thanks!

  6. Erik
    February 5, 2020 / 12:56 pm

    Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods + any fiction by Bryson. “Woods” was by far the funniest laugh out loud book EVER.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 11:48 pm

      You’re right, A Walk in the Woods is hilarious.

    • Alyson Bass
      May 2, 2020 / 4:29 pm

      Agree about Bill Bryson. He seems to be naturally funny. I put all his books on my TBR list.

      • Tammy
        July 12, 2020 / 5:30 pm

        YES! And IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY. I could not stop laughing!

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2020 / 5:11 pm

      I agree a thousand times over! I’ve read ‘A Walk In the Woods’ countless times and still end up in stitches!

  7. 2cairnterriers
    February 6, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    i wholeheartedly agree!

  8. 2cairnterriers
    February 6, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    gerald durrell’s books/memoirs of his wacky family and their brief stint on the island of corfu are definitely LOL. i have a high standard when it comes to literary humor, and most don’t make my list.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 11:48 pm

      Sounds hysterical!!

      • CLAIRE BREAKFIELD WOOD
        July 6, 2020 / 2:38 am

        Durrells of Corfu is a delightful BBC production available on Prime and PBS Passport. I want to read the books now that I have seen this production.

  9. Nancy
    February 8, 2020 / 12:30 am

    Fannie Flagg’s original book, Daisy Faye and the Miracle Man, is my favorite funny book.

    • Nancy
      March 22, 2020 / 11:49 pm

      I agree. One of my all time favorite books!

  10. JE Young
    February 18, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Agree many of Bill Bryson’s non-fiction travel books, e.g. also In a Sunburned Country, are very funny.
    My two favorite laugh out loud authors are the late great Nora Ephron, her fiction starting with Heartburn and her later essay collections. And Elinor Lipman, from The Inn at Lake Devine, And Then She Found Me, to so many others in her long career of writing fun fiction reads.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 11:47 pm

      Great suggestions, thank you!

  11. Al Clark
    April 1, 2020 / 9:11 am

    Dead End in Norvelt, From Norvelt to Nowhere etc. by Jack Gantos are delightful, laugh-out-loud books with wonderful characters and a storyline that has you feeling like you have a bird’s eye view of what is going on in the community. Pure joy.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 6, 2020 / 11:42 pm

      Sounds very funny! Thanks for the suggestion.

  12. April 14, 2020 / 9:53 am

    I am so excited to check some of these books out, always love a good laugh. I just finished reading Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen to my 7 year old grandson and we were both crying from laughing. It is a young adult book but so worth the read. It is about two cousins that get into all kinds of trouble over a summer. Another one that I loved was A girl named Zippy by Haven Kimmel – really refreshing look at growing up that made me howl.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 9:46 pm

      I’ll definitely check out both titles, thanks for the recommendations! Books about growing up always seem to be the funniest, because they’re SO TRUE!!

    • Ellen
      May 29, 2020 / 11:53 am

      LOVE LOVE LOVE Zippy!

  13. Niki
    April 14, 2020 / 11:50 pm

    Molly Harper’s “And One Last Thing…” For anyone who has had bitter feeling about a break up but is still a sucker for romance. I laughed all the way through.

    • Tori
      Author
      April 22, 2020 / 9:46 pm

      Oh that sounds like a good one! Thank you!

  14. Melinda Melvin
    June 18, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    Diary of A Mad Fat Girl By Stephanie McAfee is the funniest book I have ever in my life read.

  15. Susan C.
    June 21, 2020 / 10:19 pm

    All of Sloan Crosley’s books are hilarious.

  16. Emily
    June 25, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    I love anything by Sophie Kinsella, but especially “The Undomestic Goddess.” Thanks for the suggestions! I added the mom one to my wish list.

  17. CLAIRE BREAKFIELD WOOD
    July 6, 2020 / 2:43 am

    Two authors from the Golden Oldie Stack: Patrick Dennis who wrote Auntie Mame, Around the WOrld with AUntie Mame and The Joyous Season (there are others but these three are my favorites. The other is Shirley Jackson (yes, I said that) . Besides her creepy scary stuff she wrote two books about raising her crazy kids in a drafty old house in Vermont. Laugh out loud funny! The two books are Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. Read Life Among the Savages first.

    • Tori
      Author
      July 18, 2020 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you for the recommendations, I can’t wait to read them!

  18. Peggy Cleary
    July 9, 2020 / 11:42 am

    The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde. They take place in a quirky semi-British world with a quirky family whose dad travels through time (but can’t control where or when he shows up or for how long) and a heroine in her twenties maybe, who travels to Book World to sort things out so the plots come out as they should. Sounds silly and they are quick reads, but surprisingly topical and engaging. In the “real, present” world of the book, giant corporations try to monopolize everything via vertical supply chain integration (sound familiar?) and modern issues like DNA based cloning, smart smugglers, PTSD, disabled rights, and pointless wars are all handled in a way that will make you giggle. Full of clever literary references that will make you feel clever.

    • Tori
      Author
      July 18, 2020 / 2:54 pm

      I’d love the literary references, for sure. Sounds like a great title – I’ll add it to my TBR list. Thank you =)

  19. Tracy Duda
    July 11, 2020 / 6:56 am

    I just read What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir, by Kristin Newman. Fiction is funny, but this was REAL and hilarious. And also fills that need to travel that none of us can fill right now. Different funny than fiction.

    • Tori
      Author
      July 18, 2020 / 2:53 pm

      I can tell by the title already that I’d find it funny. I love books that are funny, but real! Thanks for the recommendation.

  20. Nancy Matteo
    July 24, 2020 / 11:21 pm

    All of the Stephanie Plum books b Janet Evanovich are hilarious. I originally started with Hot Six, then went back and read the first five. I think she’s up to 25 now I buy them the day they come out and read them in a weekend. I don’t live too far from Trenton, so that makes her books even funnier!

  21. Trisha
    November 4, 2020 / 3:06 am

    The Dangerous Husband ought really to be on this list.

    • Tori
      Author
      November 30, 2020 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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