Have you ever heard people say women just aren’t as funny as men? (Usually it’s the men who say this.) A guy will say “I just don’t find women funny. Does that make me sexist?” (Um, yes, dude, it does and an idiot but that’s another story.) Luckily, I am a woman. And I happen to find women very funny. Since it’s Friday and by Friday I’m always ready for at minimum a laugh, let’s talk about funny women and, in particular, their funny books.
Personally, I don’t read enough funny books by women or by anyone. I watch them on TV whenever I have time. Current favorites: Rainbow Johnson (Blackish), Abbi and Ilana (Broad City), Leslie Jones (SNL), Samantha Bee, and that’s not even getting into the funny ladies of cinema!
That said, the last funny book I read by anyone was Bossy Pants by Tina Fey as part of World Book Night back in 2013. (If you’re unfamiliar with World Book Night – check out more about it here. It will be on April 23, 2017 this year. Right near my birthday! Yay!)
3+ years is a long time to go without reading a funny book. I need to lighten up already. So, in an effort to do that, here is my TBR (to be read) list of funny women that I’m going to add to my ever growing stack and make sure I get to this year. (I’ll have to amend my 2017 reading list goals to include this, it’s totally worth it I think.) We need to bring the funny a little more these days.
Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Loved her in The Office. Although I never watched the show Mindy, she makes me laugh any time I see her on TV. I bet this one will be good!
Hyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh
Just this cover makes me laugh! And it started out as a blog. Done and done.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Firstly, all hail Leslie Knope! Leslie Knope for President! OK, I know that Leslie Knope is a character played by Amy Poehler, but it just makes me love AP even more. Do I want to read this book? Yes please!
Seriously … I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
Aw, come on, who doesn’t love Ellen? She’s so funny and cute! I bet this book is great. Adding it to the list…
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Also from a blogger, a memoir about OCD, depression, and anxiety – I’m ready for those things to be funny. My friend just told me it’s a book she had to put down and leave the room because she was laughing so hard it disturbed the other people in the room with her.
How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
From a review: “These days, sexism is a bit like Meryl Streep in a new film: Sometimes you don’t recognize it straightaway,” hyper-articulate London Times columnist Caitlin Moran quips in her hilarious neo-feminist manifesto, How to Be a Woman.
She had me at Meryl Streep…
Does anyone have thoughts on these? Are there other funny women I should be reading? Please leave me a suggestion in the comments?