ACTUAL LOL NOVELS
In no order. Mostly novels, but a few nonfiction ones thrown in there. My only rule is that it cannot be a "humor" book. It has to be funny just because it is, not necessarily as a goal. No DUNCES.
- •LUCKY JIM by Kingsley Amis.Canonized for a reason.
- •NORWOOD by Charles Portis.Could have just as easily gone with his MASTERS OF ATLANTIS. I came to him through TRUE GRIT, which is incredible, but nothing like his others. NORWOOD is his first, and shortest, and possibly funniest, though MASTERS is wackier. He's brilliant.
- •THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN by Terry Southern.A nasty, mean-spirited little book that I reread a lot because it's so funny to me.
- •A FAN'S NOTES by Fredrick Exley.A sad book about rampant alcoholism and football fandom with some of the best dark writing I know of. I don't care at all about football and I loved this book. Tons of hilarious lines and beautifully self-aware writing.
- •FLASHMAN by George MacDonald Fraser.A book I wouldn't think I would like, but it's amazingly well written and super funny.
- •THE GINGER MAN BY JP Donleavy.
- •SMALL WORLD by David Lodge.The whole Campus Trilogy is so great.
- •CODE OF THE WOOSTERS by Wodehouse.Could have just as easily been JEEVES. Anyone interested in comic fiction has to read at least a little Wodehouse. It's in the official rules!
- •MORDECAI TRILOGY by Kyril Bonfiglioli.Don't let that Depp movie besmirch these novels. They are amazingly good.
- •SOMETHING HAPPENED by Joseph Heller.A dark, hilarious and troublingly (for me) relatable book in the voice of a guy slogging through his life and trying to be happy. The best workplace novel I have ever read with the best workplace observation first line: "I get the willies when I see closed doors."
- •MY UNCLE OSWALD by Roald Dahl.Haven't read it in years but it's soo good from what I remember.
- •THE TIME MACHINE DID IT by John Swartzwelder.Hit and miss, but when it hits, whoa boy.
- •THE SOT-WEED FACTOR by John Barth.Not the easiest read, but once you get going it's so good and vulgar. The Pocohantas/John Smith story told in this book is hilarious. Smith's journals are hilarious. The story of the eggplant is hilarious.
- •THE EARL OF LOUISIANA by AJ Liebling.Not a novel but some of the funniest and best writing I've ever read by one of the greatest New Yorker writers to ever walk the earthen absolute must-read.
- •MY LIFE AND LOVES by Frank Harris.Little-known, AMAZING, and filthy as hell.
- •VILE BODIES by Evelyn Waugh.To me, this is the best and funniest Waugh. Though HANDFUL OF DUST is right up there.
- •BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS by Vonnegut.To me, his funniest, though not his best overall.