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Hilarious Reads for a Fun Break

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!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.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.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?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.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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