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Books that are guaranteed to make you laugh

Books have the power to do so many magical things, they can make us feel many emotions all at the same time. They teach us, inspire us and some of the best books that make you laugh out loud and cheer us up when we are having the worst day! Here is a list of books that is books that are guaranteed to make you laugh no matter what kind of sense of humor you have.

The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams

A comedy, science fiction written by Douglas Adam, the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy is based on a popular radio comedy broadcast by the BBC. The story revolves around Arthur Dent, the only surviving human on Earth, following the demolition of Earth by Vogon. Arthur is then rescued by Ford Prefect, a human like-alien. After being taken away from Earth, Dent explores the galaxy with Prefect and Trillian, another human who had been taken away from Earth. Some book covers leave a mark, here is a list of Iconic book covers that inspired a generation.

The novels are a trilogy in five parts and has been an international success.

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A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson

A book about the authors attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz, A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson is written in a humorous style. The book focuses on serious issues such as Appalachian Trails history, the surrounding sociology, ecology, trees, plants, animals and people.

In 2015, a movie based on the book also released at the Sundance Film Festival and later in theaters as well.

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Jeeves series by P G Wodehouse

Jeeves is a character created by P G Wodehouse and appeared in many of the author’s novels and short stories for a span of 59 years. Apart from this, the author also published a series of short stories based on Jeeves called, My man Jeeves. The novel features on British dilettante Bertram “Bertie” Wooster, and his wry valet Jeeves,who most often saves him from difficult social situations. All of Wodehouse’s books have been international best sellers and is known for its humor.

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The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie project is an Australian novel written by Graeme Simsion, which centers around genetics professor Don Tillman, who struggles to have a real relationship with women. He puts together a questionnaire to find a suitable partner. However, his plans are set, ofcourse, when he meets his a girl named Rosie, who does not meet all his criteria but becomes a big part of his life. The book has been sold is more than 40 countries.

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Dork Trilogy by Sidin Vadukut

This trilogy, described as office humor revolved around Robin Varghese, who graduates from one of the top B-Schools in India and lands a Day-Zero job at the Mumbai office of Dufresne Partners. The story then moves to the struggles of Robin in both his professional and personal life. The entire story in all three trilogies is told is an extremely humorous way. The trilogy includes DORK: The Incredible Adventures of Robin Einstein’ Varghese, God Save The Dork and Who Let The Dork Out?

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A satirical novel, Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is a termed as one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. The novel is set during the World War II and follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a US Air Force B25 bombardier. The book talks about the Captain and other men in the camp, who try to maintain their sanity while completing their tasks so that they can get back home.

The catch 22 is based on the authors’ personal experiences as he flew 60 bombing missions himself. The novel became extremely popular and sold over 8 million copies in the US alone.

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The Illicit Happiness of Other People by Manu Joseph

The Illicit Happiness of Other People is set in the pre -1991 era of Madras where Ousep Chacko lives with his wife and two sons Unni and Thoma. Unni, the elder son is loved by all and is great at everything he does. He puts up with his fathers drunken antics and mothers delusion. However, things are turned when Unni falls off the balcony. Ousep, though, does not believe that it could just be an accident and tries to figure out what actually  happened.

The novel narrates the happenings in a witty tone, although he covers some deep topic. The The Wall Street Journal called it as a work that “injects dark, rueful laughter into an immensely touching story of loss.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding

Everyone has probably watched the movie Birdget Jones’s diaries, however, the book with the same title is a laugh riot and worth a read. Written in the form of a personal diary, the book captures the life of Bridget Jones, a single woman living in London. In the book, the character talks about her life, family and self image. The book, released in 1996 and by 2006, the book has sold over two million copies worldwide.

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Yes please by Amy Poehler

An actress and stand up comedian, Amy Poehler ventured into writing and brought out her first novel named Yes please. As expected, the book was witty, hilarious and candid collection of stories, ideas and confessions from her real life experiences. The novel covers varied topics such as love, sex, marriage, divorce motherhood, plastic surgery, her experiences as an acting double for Meryl Streep.

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The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

A 1991 hilarious novel by Anurag Mathur, The Inscrutable Americans narrates the story of Gopal, an Indian student who has gone to visit the US to study Chemical engineering. The story then moves to Gopal adjusting to his new life in New York and the culture shock he faces. He writes letters to his brother where he complains about how he cannot follow the language, leading to embarrassing situations. The cultural reference that the author makes about a typical Indian boy is so perfect and the letters the protagonist writes are extremely funny, making the book a laugh riot.

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English, August by Upmanyu Chatterjee

The protagonist of the novel, Agastya Sen, who belongs to an elite family lands a prized government job, which takes him to Madna. He finds amongst incompetent bureaucrats and the story then revolves around how he deals with them all. The novel is a funny description of how things work in India, which is written in a style that is easy to read and compliments the story extremely well.

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Side Effects, by Woody Allen

Side Effects is an anthology of 17 comical short essays by Woddy Allan, which have been published in some of the leading newspapers like The New York Times and The New Republic. Some of the work included in the book are classics such as Remembering needleman, The kugelmass episode, A new story called confessions of a bugla etc.

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How many have you read on this list? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Aishwarya Mukundarajan

Aishwarya is an MBA graduate from Symbiosis International University, Pune. When asked what her hobbies are she points to an overflowing bookcase.

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