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!
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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
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.
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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 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?
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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.
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:
- Anxious People
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
- Things My Son Needs to Know About the World
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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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.
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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:
- The Accidental Further Adventure of the Hundred-Year-Old-Man
- Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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